Rogaine is a topical solution for the treatment of thinning hair and baldness. It contains minoxidil, a medication used to treat high blood pressure that also promotes the growth of new hair in bald spots.
When applied to the scalp, Rogaine stimulates the hair follicles and promotes the growth of healthy hair. It also helps to restore normal circulation to the scalp, which is essential for regrowing hair.
Rogaine comes in 2% and 5% solutions that can be applied directly to the scalp. It can be used in the morning or evening, and it should be applied twice a day.
It dries quickly and can be left on the scalp for about 15 to 20 minutes before being rinsed off. It is important to let the product dry completely before going to bed, because it can spread onto other areas of the body if you go to sleep too soon after applying it.
Women should not use this drug if they are pregnant or breastfeeding as it may cause problems with the development of the fetus. It is recommended that women use the product for 6 months to a year and see if it works before trying to become pregnant.
Depending on the brand, generic versions of Rogaine may be less expensive than the brand-name version. Generics often include fewer inactive ingredients, such as polysorbate 20 or alcohol. They may have an extra ingredient for storage and delivery purposes, such as propylene glycol.