Getting a Rogaine prescription can be an exciting moment for anyone who has experienced hair loss. But how much is too much?
As you begin your hair loss treatments, knowing how much to apply and how often to apply it is crucial. Proper use of Rogaine can result in excellent results, while overuse of the solution may cause unwanted side effects like irritation.
This article will discuss how to properly use Rogaine and how to know when you have used too much. Plus, keep reading to learn about the potential side effects of Rogaine.
Rogaine is a topical solution with an active ingredient known as minoxidil.
Minoxidil is a medication used to treat high blood pressure when taken orally, but it is also available as a topical liquid or foam that helps to treat hair loss.
While the exact mechanism of how minoxidil works is not currently known, it is widely believed that the drug helps to promote regrowth by increasing hair follicles and extending the hair’s growth phase, allowing more hairs to sprout from the increased number of follicles.
Rogaine makes products for both men and women to treat androgenetic alopecia — also called androgenetic alopecia.
Minoxidil (the active ingredient of Rogaine) is a Health Canada-approved chemical substance.
In general, Rogaine is considered a safe medication with minimal side effects.
However, some negative side effects can occur and a few groups of people should generally avoid Rogaine if possible. These groups include:
Rogaine helps you regrow your hair over time, leaving you with a fuller and thicker head of hair.
This can be very advantageous for many people, allowing them to feel more in control of their bodies.
Rogaine offers users many key benefits, including:
To properly use and apply Rogaine, there are several key steps to take, including:
The main risk of using too much Rogaine is a moderately severely irritated scalp.
This irritation will be amplified if your hair has recently been styled, bleached, or dyed, or if you have used any harsh shampoos or conditioners on it before applying Rogaine.
Don't use the medication more often than directed or apply a larger amount than directed. Additionally, you should avoid applying Rogaine to irritated or sunburned scalps.
According to Drugs.com — an online resource for prescription drug information — a typical dose for topical minoxidil is a half capful of foam or one mL of liquid twice a day.
The maximum dose is one capful of foam or two mL of liquid. An overdose of minoxidil is not generally considered dangerous, but a healthcare practitioner should be contacted immediately.
Mayo Clinic also outlines the symptoms of too much medicine absorbed into the body (note that these symptoms are categorized as “rare”):
While negative side effects with Rogaine are rare, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects you can experience when starting this medication.
According to a 2019 study, common side effects with fiver percent minoxidil used to treat hair disorders included:
Additional and more rare symptoms of Rogaine can include:
Rogaine can have potential interactions with several other drugs, including but not limited to:
To check whether or not Rogaine interacts with specific medications and how those drug interactions are classified, check out the Drugs.com webpage on Rogaine Interactions.
Furthermore, consult with a healthcare practitioner before beginning Rogaine if you are on any prescribed medications.
A key additional consideration to keep in mind with Rogaine is that it should always be applied to a clean, dry scalp.
If you have hair products in your hair, this may the ability of the Rogaine to absorb and dry fully. It can also lead to greater feelings of itchiness and irritation.
Moreover, hair that has been recently dyed, bleached, or styled may be more prone to irritation.
While you are using Rogaine, avoid having your hair chemically altered in any way to keep any unwanted irritation at bay.
It is also recommended to use gentle shampoos and conditioners when using Rogaine to help minimize irritation.
Here are a few additional facts that are good to know before starting Rogaine:
Hair loss is sometimes regarded as irreversible condition — but this is not the case.
Hair regrowth can occur depending on a few key factors, such as the type of hair disorder a person is dealing with and the available treatments.
For people dealing with androgenetic alopecia, Rogaine is proven to be an effective treatment.
According to the Canadian Dermatology Association, approximately 40 percent of women will experience signs of thinning hair by the age of 50. Additionally, the average person will shed roughly 50 to 100 hairs per day.
Hair loss diagnoses depend on the results of a few different tests, with some conditions being easier to diagnose than others.
For instance, a simple pull test can help diagnose male or female pattern baldness and assess the stage of the condition.
Other conditions, like alopecia areata, may require a more thorough assessment, including taking hair samples.
In some cases, a healthcare practitioner may even take a scalp biopsy or blood test to ensure no underlying health conditions need to come to light.
Proper use of Rogaine is key, meaning you should always follow the exact instructions provided to you by your healthcare practitioner.
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The views expressed here are those of the author and, as with the rest of the content on Health Guide, are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any medical questions or concerns, please talk to your healthcare practitioner.