What is Regaine (Minoxidil) used for?
Regaine (Minoxidil) is a medicated shampoo prescribed to treat and prevent hair loss in men with male pattern baldness. It is a vasodilator that operates by relaxing blood vessels under the skin to increase blood flow and stimulate the hair follicles. With regular use this treatment can strengthen existing hair, prevent further loss of hair, and even trigger growth of hair in some cases. Your physician may also prescribe it for other unlisted purposes.
How should I use Regaine (Minoxidil)?
Follow the directions provided by your physician while using Regaine (Minoxidil) to ensure the safest and most effective results from treatment. The medication is normally administered once daily while showering, but your individual frequency of administration will depend on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. Thoroughly rinse your hair before each application to remove any dirt or loose hair from the scalp. Put a small amount of medication onto the scalp, work up lather, and cover the entire scalp. It is suggested to wait several minutes before rinsing the solution out of the hair to allow it to be absorbed into the skin. Wash your hands after each application to prevent it from contacting any areas not being treated. Always ask your physician any questions you have about the medication prior to use to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Regaine (Minoxidil)?
Side effects that may occur while using Regain (Minoxidil) include:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are chest pain, dizziness, faintness, irregular heartbeats, or signs of an allergic reaction. Immediately inform your physician as soon as you experience any intense or worrying symptoms to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your regimen to prevent more problems from occurring.
Prevent Regaine (Minoxidil) from contacting any mucous membranes such as the eyes, ears, or mouth as this may cause unexpected health problems.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Regaine (Minoxidil). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.