In the past, ROGAINE® topical solution was only available through a doctor’s prescription. The good news is that, today, ROGAINE® products for men and women can be purchased over-the- counter, and are available at almost any drugstore or supermarket.
For my male patients, ROGAINE® Foam is a topical formula that is applied to the scalp twice a day, everyday. It is a very easy-to-use treatment that can be conveniently added into your daily routine. First, individuals are instructed to shampoo and towel-dry their hair. Patients should then part their hair and expose the scalp, making sure to create parted rows in the areas experiencing hair loss.
To use, hold the can upside down and dispense a dollop of the foam onto your fingertips. The amount of foam should equal about half of a capful. Using your fingers, apply the foam directly to your scalp, gently massaging the product where your hair is thinning. When the foam penetrates the skin, the active ingredient in ROGAINE®, minoxidil, works to revitalize shrunken hair follicles. When you’ve finished applying the product, simply wash your hands, and that’s it — you’re done.
I remind my patients that ROGAINE® must be used twice daily in order for it to be effective. Generally, it takes at least four months to notice a reduction in the amount of hair loss, and about seven months for hairs to be restored. The type of hair that regrows is usually vellus hair, which are short, fine hairs.
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, ROGAINE® has been used for 20 years as an effective and long-term hair loss treatment product. Occurring side effects are typically dermatological in nature, and usually affect only about 2 percent of men.
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