Minoxidil Foam - Product information and Uses

Minoxidil is an antihypertensive vasodilator medication which also slows or stops hair loss and promotes hair regrowth. Minoxidil is available over-the-counter for the treatment of androgenic alopecia. Minoxidil must be used indefinitely for continued support of existing hair follicles and the maintenance of any experienced hair regrowth. It is marketed under many brand names, including Tugain Foam, Rogaine/Regaine, Vanarex, , Mintop and Loniten (oral), and Avacor Physician's Formulation
In 2007, a new foam-based formulation of 5% minoxidil, which is claimed to be as effective as the liquid-based formulation, was marketed under the brand name Rogaine/Regaine Foam.

Minoxidil Foam - Availability And Packaging

Minoxidil is available as Minoxidil Foam 5% which is packaged in cans of 60 grams.

Side Effects of Minoxidil

Common side effects of minoxidil include burning or irritation of the eye, itching, redness or irritation at the treated area, as well as unwanted hair growth elsewhere on the body. Users should stop treatment and seek medical attention right away if they experience any of the following serious side effects: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; dizziness; fainting; fast heartbeat; sudden, unexplained weight gain; swollen hands or feet.
Alcohol present in topical preparations may dry the scalp, resulting in dandruff.
Side effects of oral minoxidil may include swelling of the face and extremities, rapid and irregular heartbeat, lightheadedness, cardiac lesions, and focal necrosis of the papillary muscle and subendocardial areas of the left ventricle. There have been cases of allergic reactions to minoxidil or the non-active ingredient propylene glycol, which is found in some topical minoxidil formulations. Pseudoacromegaly is an extremely rare side effect reported with large doses of oral minoxidil

Minoxidil Foam - Dosage

Minoxidil Foam is for external use only. The recommended dosage of Minoxidil Foam is half a a capful to be applied twice daily at 12-hour intervals to the affected scalp area starting at centre of the area and spreading the foam out to cover the entire affected area.
Use Minoxidil Foam as per the usage directions.

Usage Instructions For Minoxidil Foam

It is recommended that Minoxidil be applied twice daily, and may be used indefinitely for continued support of existing hair follicles and the maintenance of any experienced hair regrowth. To achieve maximum effect, the solution should be in contact with the scalp for at least 4 hours before allowing hair to get wet. Minoxidil stimulates hair follicles and growth, but does not reduce DHT or the enzyme responsible for its accumulation around the hair follicle, 5-alpha reductase, which is the primary mediator of male pattern baldness in genetically susceptible individuals. Therefore, when treatment is stopped, the DHT has its expected effect of shrinking and ultimately destroying the genetically predisposed hair follicles.
Minoxidil products involve contact with hair strands which may cause problems with hair styling as minoxidil must be in an alcohol-based solution. If the solution does not pose any issues, hair styling products may be applied after it has dried.



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