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If you use Minoxidil, please help others by adding your feedback. What would you tell your best friend about this product? Please remember that we do not give medical advice. That is for your local health care provider, who is familiar with your medical history.

Subj: Unwanted facial hair?
Date: 3/12/2010
Hey my name is John and I am 22 years old and I’ve been using rogaine for two weeks now. I sometimes accidentally put drops of rogaine on my face. Will this cause unwanted facial hair? Also, is it best to put water on the place where the rogaine drops accidentally go on my face?

AskDocWeb: Unwanted facial hair may develop if the Rogaine is left on the skin too long. Rinsing the area where the drops go accidentally should help prevent the growth of unwanted facial hair.

Subj: Frequency of use
Date: 3/15/2010
i´ve been uaing minoxidil 2% daily for past 5 months. hairfall has reduced and hair looks fuller. Is it ok to reduce the frequency to, say, alternate days?

AskDocWeb: Reducing the frequency to once every other day would be one fourth of what is recommended by the manufacturer. So far, no one has reported success with that approach.

Subj: 48 weeks?
Date: 3/17/2010
Just wondering if minxodil stops being effective over a period of time? I have been diagnosed with diffuse alopecia and minoxidil 5% has helped so far. My doc says dat minoxidil should be used for atleast 48 weeks and we will slowly wean it off after a year to see if there is further hair loss…is this true? Can I actually keep the beenfits as I do not suffer from androgenetic alopecia?

AskDocWeb: That specific period of time (48 weeks) probably comes from the government publication, Drug Facts from the FDA.

Subj: 22 year old girl
Date: 3/17/2010
im just 22 year old girl losing hair so i consulted my doctor she prescribed me to use minioxidil 10% in day time and minokem 5% in night time inspite of using this i dint found any result rather feel patches on my scalp so i want to stop using this treatment but my doctor told if i stop using minioxidil all the hair which have grown will fall out with in 6 months and i have to use this till my life time, so pzl clear my doubt. If i stop using minioxidil will my hair which have penetrated thought minioxidil will fall out.

AskDocWeb: While it is true that if you stop using a product that prevents hair loss, you lose the benefits it provided, the use of 10% minoxidil may present another problem. In the USA, women are not prescribed minoxidil stronger than 2% because of the growth of unwanted facial hair and body hair. Please read the package insert that comes with the product.

Subj: Statistics for African Americans?
Date: 3/19/2010
I am african american and would like to know if Minoxidil will work for me. Do you have any data for african americans?

AskDocWeb: Hair loss statistics for African Americans run about the same as other races with one exception and that has to do with causes of hair loss. If your hair loss is caused by the use of styling techniques such as relaxers, extensions, weaves, or hot combs, then Minoxidil is not likely to help. Trauma (traction alopecia) and heat can cause permanent scaring of the skin around hair follicles ending their ability to grow hair. That aside, Monoxidil works better on those who are younger and whose hair loss is recent.

Subj: Shedding
Date: 3/21/2010
I am a girl-19. My fore head hairs have started to go in. I first used minioxidal 5% for 3months. Hair grew well but after stopping, the hairs started to shed. iam worried. Is there any way to protect it from shedding or is that i should use this solution life long. please help.

AskDocWeb: As a girl, you should be aware that women have reported the growth of unwanted facial hair when using minoxidil stronger than 2%. All of the products for hair loss currently on the market share this same drawback, if you stop using it, you start shedding and lose the benefits that the product provided. We are watching for a permanent solution to hair loss but so far there isn’t one.

Subj: Tressgro gel
Date: 3/23/2010
I am 31 Male, suffering from Androgenic Alopecia for over 2 years now and I was given MisScalp gel 5% ( Minoxidil 5% ) but then it used to put me to sleep soon after applying and I started feeling light headed. I went to the doc and he said that minoxidil is being toxic on me and gave me a complete herbal gel ( tressgro gel ). I am applying it for 2 days now. Will see how it goes…


AskDocWeb: Please note: some herbs interact with medication.

Subj: Results after 48 weeks?
Date: 3/24/2010
How long do the hair growth effects last? I just ordered it and was reading the instructions that came with. I’m confused, it says that if you stop taking it, you will lose your newly regrown hair in 3-4 months. It also says: “In studies with Minoxidil Topical Solution 5%, hair regrowth has not been shown to last longer than 48 weeks of continuous treatment…” Is this saying that either way, after a year you are going to lose the results one way or another. OR, is it just saying that after a year it won’t get any thicker but you can still maintain the new hair you gained earlier?

AskDocWeb: We don’t know. When asking a number of experts you get both answers to this question. Hopefully there will be more input from long term users to find out.

Subj: Bad dreams
Date: 3/24/2010
I am taking 5mg of loniten(monoxidil)n twice a day as well as other blood pressure meds and began having dreams mostly bad as soon as I started this drug.


Subj: Long-term affects of minoxidil
Date: 3/24/2010
Hi, my question is that in the monoxidil bottle it says to consult ur doctor if u have heart disease. I don’t have heart diease but it does run im my family, I am a healthy young male I just had a physical done about 4 months ago and everything was fine. I am just wondering since heart disease runs in my family will this drug affect me in the long run. In other words is this safe for me to use.

AskDocWeb: The long-term affects of minoxidil are unknown and have yet to be established.

Subj: Tips for rapid hair growth?
Date: 3/27/2010
I am using Minokem 2% since one year but my hair growth is tremendous slow. Please suggest me what shall I do for rapid here growth.

AskDocWeb: There are things you can do and things to avoid if you want your hair to grow as fast as possible. You want to avoid doing those things that slow your hair growth such as

  • Eating lots of fatty foods
  • Eating lots of sugar
  • Smoking
  • Caffeine and sodas
  • Coloring your hair
  • Using Perms and hair straighteners

Now make sure you are doing those things that support healthy hair growth:

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Exercise frequently
  • Take supplements known to boost hair growth: Vitamins B, C, E, Beta Carotene, Magnesium.

You may also want to use a shampoo that supports hair growth such as Nisim NewHair Biofactors.

Subj: Minoxidil and Propecia in the UK?
Date: 3/30/2010
Hi Guys, Could you please let me know where can i get Minoxidil 12.5% and Propecia 1mg Tablets in UK. Kindly Email me for whch i will be very thankful to you. Kind Regards,

AskDocWeb: We suggest you talk to your local pharmacist about buying these products. If they are not available locally, find out why. It is possible that they could be illegal in some countries.

Subj: Shedding, dandruff, and pimples
Date: 3/30/2010
hello sir, I have dandruff in my scalp so that my scalp is very itchy and always pimples. Because of these pimples lots of hairs shedding. The doctor said me that to use minoxidil 2% in every morning and night. I used it for 6 months and continuing now. New colorless hairs grown in my scalp. But now the new hairs produced after the application minoxidil are shedding due to some reasons. I don’t know the exact reason. I told you that i have dandruff in my scalp and also pimples. I think dandruff which causes the new hairs falling off. so please help me and give me the exact reason of hair loss in my scalp..thank you,

AskDocWeb: The exact reason for your hair loss can only be determined through an examination by dermatologist. And because you have both dandruff and pimples it sounds like you could use some professional help.

Subj: Falling hair
Date: 4/2/2010
Dear Sir’ I have used minoxidil for 2 month my family doctor has advice me to use it. After using it my hair was not falling but after 3 month it again start falling hair what will be the reason please help me for it I am losing too much of my hair. Please give me some solution. My age is 30. Regards.

AskDocWeb: To keep the benefits of minoxidil you have to keep using it. If you stop using it, the hair starts falling out again.

Subj: After you stop using minoxidil
Date: 4/4/2010
Hi sir, I am 21 years old and I’ve been using minoxidil lotion for almost 2 WEEKS now, and I got some redness on my chicks and reduce of sperme as well. So I just stopped now because I got worried, plus I want to know if it has any side effects after u stop it. Thank you,

AskDocWeb: The only effect of stopping noted by the manufacturer is the resumption of hair loss.

Subj: After discontinuing minoxidil
Date: 4/7/2010
I’m female, age 30 yrs. I was recommended by my dermatologist to use Regro with 5% of minoxidil and to be used forever. I used it for 4 yrs with not much improvements and decided to stop using it the last 5 months. My hair started falling double in quantity and now im under herbal treatment. How long will it take for this side effect to stop? Will herbal shampoos work after using minoxidil? I mean after discontinuing minoxidil. Will it effect somehow? please advise. Thank you in advance.


AskDocWeb: It may take two or three months for the hair loss to slow down after discontinuing the minoxidil. After that your hair loss will return to its normal rate. There is no way to know how effective your herbal shampoo treatment might be. Which one are you using?

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