Along with finasteride (Propecia), minoxidil (Rogaine) is one of the only medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of genetic hair loss (androgenic alopecia). Although both drugs are proven alopecia treatments, many hair loss sufferers worry about the potential side effects; specifically, the reported sexual side effects associated with finasteride.
Most studies believe sexual side effects occur in approximately 0.3-3% of Propecia users, and agree that most dysfunction subsides after stopping the medication. However, unlike Propecia, the potential for sexual side effects with minoxidil usage has not been extensively studied. So, this leaves many individuals wondering: can Rogaine (minoxidil) cause sexual side effects?
To answer this important question, Coalition hair transplant surgeon Dr. Paul Rose researched the issue, and published an article about minoxidil and sexual side effects at our Hair Restoration Discussion Forums:
In the fall of 2012, researchers at Johns Hopkins University made a startling discovery: finasteride, known most commonly by the brand name Propecia, appeared to cause long term sexual side effects for a number of males who were using the prescription medication to treat hair loss.
Prior to the study, it was well-documented that finasteride could cause a number of sexual side effects during use. After the study, however, a small body of research indicated that males who take the popular hair loss medication could suffer with sexual side effects long after use was discontinued. The study analyzed only a small number of patients, and many hair loss professionals believe rigorous follow-up studies are needed to better understand the long term side effects of finasteride. Nevertheless, the study sparked concern among men and women who suffer with hair loss, particularly those who currently use a non-surgical method of restoration.
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Can Rogaine (Minoxidil) for Hair Loss Cause Sexual Side Effects?
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