Does Rogaine really increase hair growth?

Mon 13 Nov 2006

Does Rogaine really increase hair growth? Does it have any side affects and where can I get Rogaine?

In double blinded studies, that is where 50% of the patients used Rogaine and 50% used a fake medicine which contained no active ingredient, 15% of the men using Rogaine grew new hair versus those using the fake medicine. I do not know how many stopped their hair loss. But I assume a good many did.

There are very few side effects from using Rogaine. A few patients report oily hair, a few report dry hair and some report itching or allergy to Rogaine.

I advise you to try it. In America it is sold as Rogaine (a name brand product) and minoxidil (a generic product). I advise you to use 5% minoxidil and rub it into your scalp until it feels dry twice a day. In the USA it costs between $10 to $18 per month to use generic minoxidil.

If I can be of further help to you do not hesitate to ask.

Dr. Paul Straub

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4 Comments so far:

  1. peter says:

    Rogaine states that 85% of those that used Rogaine grew new hair but yet you state only 15% ?

  2. Geoff Clark says:

    Can you use Rogaine in other areas other than the scalp? If so, where and where not?

    (i.e. I have a beard and it is not fully thick, is it ok/possible to use rogaine to maximize the thickness of a beard and other areas?)

  3. Geoff,

    Rogaine has only been tested and FDA approved for use on the scalp. However, since unwanted body hair growth has been found as a reported side effect especially in women who use the stronger 5% minoxidil, in my opinion, Rogaine is most likely going to enhance body hair growth by making it thicker and darker.

    Keep in mind that no medication, Rogaine or otherwise grows hair follicles. In other words, if no hair follicle exists beneath the surface of the skin, Rogaine will not produce hair where no follicle exists.

    As far as where you can use it – probably anywhere. But just be aware that the potential of side effects applies not only to when minoxidil is applied to the scalp.

    Best wishes,

    Bill
    Associate Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, Hair Loss Learning Center, Hair Loss Q&A Blog, and Hair Restoration Forum

  4. ayhan says:

    Keep in mind that no medication, Rogaine or otherwise grows hair follicles. In other words, if no hair follicle exists beneath the surface of the skin, Rogaine will not produce hair where no follicle exists.

    it is true.but whwn your hair folicules begin to die , using rogaine is the one of the 3 choices.
    1.propecia
    2.rogaine
    3.wait until your hair folicules die and became fully bald

    first 2 of 3 is not cure baldness but makes your hair grow and dont let them to die for a time when you use them

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