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Rogaine ruined my hair
I have used rogaine foment years with good results. However recently past three years it dried my hair douch that it all broke off. I didn’t think it was rogaine since I have used it for many years I thought it wash thyroid medication that I changed. So I stop using rogsone for a year to let my hair get better from being bottle and breaking of. Recently ageisty husbands advice I put rogdone twice and my hair bece battle shading. Now it do dry and has thinned out. When proud to this it was thick and much bettt. They should take rogaine off the market. It has ruined my hair. It’s so dry brittle stressed out. I can’t fix it to go out. After waiting a year to grow. It broke off again about three inches. Don’t know if this time I will be lucky and grow. I hdte rogsone it had ruined my hdor


Combining Mintop finestride n biotine
Hello askdocweb, m using mintop 10% almost for 5 month with finestride n biotine tablet once a day….m gettin sum gud results..i had few bald areas which filled up nw with new hairs…i knw if i stop minoxidil all my hairs tht i gain will if i take finestride n biotine for once a day and not using minoxidil ..will all my hairs fall down again even if m havin finestride n biotine once a day plz do the needful.


AskDocWeb: This sounds very familiar. Please see the post by Abhishek.

HI, i’m 21…I was in hairfall tratment past 1 year,,,nw i hav completed 7th step,, my hair has grown well and thick….now i’m using COVERIT 10% SOLUTION (MINOXIDIL SOLN 10%)…I didnt consult doctor after 7 step,,i’m still using coverit 10% solution,,,,is that safe and will it works? can I maintain the grown hair by using MINOXIDIL 10%??? please help


AskDocWeb: Hello Shinej, welcome. Although it is likely to help grow hair, it may also cause the growth of unwanted facial and body hair, and has health risks. In January of this year, the US Food and Drug Administration recalled both Minoxidil 15% and 10% because they could cause low blood pressure, heart palpitations and associated cardiac symptoms.

? minoxidil 5%
Mai minoxidil 5% 5 ya 6 din se use kar raha hu magar yeh use karne se mere head mai dard ho raha hai kya yeh normal hai.


AskDocWeb: Hello Shamim, welcome. This is an English only website. If you don’t know anyone that speaks English, you might try using a computer language translation program.

No new growth
Hi, m using minoxidil 5% for last 3 months n i havnt seen new hair growth nor did my hair has stopped falling. M a regular smoker like 3-4 cigrates a day. Is dat d cause of not showing any result. M 23. Plz help


AskDocWeb: Smoking is known to reduce the flow of blood because it constricts capillaries. That reduces the ability of your skin to absorb minoxidil through the scalp. In fact, smoking has several negative effects that may cause hair loss. Some are pretty technical but if you know the terms used you can look these up later:

  • Reduces microvasculature of the dermal hair papilla
  • Smoke genotoxicants cause damage to DNA of the hair follicle
  • Imbalances the follicular protease/antiprotease systems controlling tissue remodeling during the hair growth cycle
  • Pro-oxidant effects of smoking leads to the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines resulting in follicular micro-inflammation and fibrosis
  • Increases hydroxylation of oestradiol
  • Inhibits the enzyme aromatase creating a relative hypo-oestrogenic state

There is also the fact that minoxidil does not work for everyone. The product information says to tell your doctor if your hair growth does not increase after using Minoxidil for 4 months.

Brittle and dry hair
Does rogaine cause permanent damage to hair follicles. How long does it stay in scalp. Asking because I use rogaine for many many years with great results. But. Last year my hair became so brittle and dry. Rogaine broke off my hair so much that the back of my scalp showed. I starting using it again and my hair broke off again is very dry. Is this going to stay this way or is there hope. Plz help


AskDocWeb: Some people do see a change in hair texture while using Rogaine. If that is true for you, it is not likely to change as long as you are using the product. The good news (kind of) is that the brittle hair is only temporary and it returns to normal when the product is discontinued. However, that doesn’t help with the hair loss but the following might.

Please note that there are also a number of other reasons for the hair to become dry and brittle:

  • Bleaching
  • Braiding
  • Chemical dyes
  • Chlorine treated swimming pools
  • Hair dryers
  • Ironing the hair
  • Mousse that contains alcohol
  • Overexposure to sunlight
  • Perms
  • Protein deficiency
  • Stress
  • Swimming in salt water
  • Too much Keratin
  • Too much protein in the diet
  • Underactive thyroid gland.
  • Vitamin C deficiency
  • Washing hair excessively
  • Women may notice transient changes in hair texture with menstruation.

Many of the above are also causes for hair loss.

Questions about Rogaine
How long does it take for hair to stop breaking off? I only used rogaine twice and it dried it out to the point it broken off. Hard to believe after only using it twice. Bit sadly true. I stopped using of course bit hair still breaking off after bring off it got almost two months. How long does it take? I am getting worried and scared. Also. It seems to have thinned out as well. But only used it twice. Is this possible that it can thin out. I don’t have much hair loss. It just started. When my thyroids levels got too high and I started shedding for apnth or two. I got scared and put rogaine twice. Can you help with theses questions? Thanks.


AskDocWeb: Unless you want to wait for the hair to grow out, you’ll likely need to use something else to alter the texture, like a good conditioner. It is doubtful that using Rogaine only twice would have any effect on hair loss one way or the other. According to the product data sheet it can take weeks of twice daily use before there is any noticeable effect.
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