What is Regaine (Minoxidil) used for?
Regaine (Minoxidil) is a topical medication used to treat patients with hair loss caused by male pattern baldness. The solution is a vasodilator that increases blood flow at the area of application to stimulate hair follicles. This can prevent further hair loss and even cause new hair growth in some cases. Your doctor may also prescribe it for other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Regaine (Minoxidil)?
Follow your doctor`s directions while using Regaine (Minoxidil) to get the most effective results from treatment. It is normally applied once daily while showering, but the best regimen will be determined by the severity of your symptoms. Rinse your hair thoroughly to remove any dirt or loose skin from the scalp. Put a small amount of medication onto the hair, work up lather, and spread it evenly over the scalp to make sure all areas are treated. Allow the solution to soak for several minutes to make sure it is absorbed into the skin. Rinse the hair thoroughly to remove any remaining lather while preventing it from contacting your eyes. Thoroughly wash your hands after each use to prevent it from contacting other areas not being treated. Ask your doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Regaine (Minoxidil)?
Although rare, the use of Regaine (Minoxidil) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
More serious side effects that may occur are chest pain, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, faintness, or signs of an allergic reaction. Immediately inform your doctor when you experience any of these symptoms or others that are intense or worrying to you to make sure the correct response is taken. This may include medical assistance or alterations to your regimen to prevent more problems from occurring.
Do not allow Regaine (Minoxidil) to contact any mucous membranes including the eyes, ears, or mouth as this may cause unexpected health problems.
Strictly use Regaine (Minoxidil) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Regaine (Minoxidil) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.