There’s nothing worse than that feeling in the pit of your stomach when you first start to notice more hair falling out than usual.
Maybe you start to notice bigger clumps forming in your shower drain or more hair strands sticking to your hand every time you run your hands through your hair.
The good news is that there are several options that you can do to take back control of your alopecia (the condition where hair doesn’t grow back properly).
Minoxidil, more commonly referred to by its most popular brand, Rogaine, is one of the most popular medications used for the treatment of hair loss.
Most people know that it’s a go-to treatment usually prescribed by doctors, but what is the correct Rogaine dosage you should be taking every day?
Luckily, the Rogaine dosage is not as strict as some other medications. Don’t worry. We’ll break it down for you.
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What Exactly Is Rogaine and How Does It Work?
Rogaine, or Minoxidil, is a popular hair loss treatment for male and female pattern baldness.
Although it has been approved by the FDA, it doesn’t work for everyone. It only works for certain types of hair loss and with continuous treatment.
If Rogaine works for you, it usually takes around 4 months on average to start seeing results. Even then, you should continue taking Rogaine indefinitely to maintain hair growth.
It isn’t 100% clear how Rogaine (Minoxidil) works. Still, it’s widely believed that it helps create a fuller head of hair by widening blood vessels to allow more blood flow, which eventually creates larger hair follicles while extending the growth phase of hair.
By regrowing follicles throughout the scalp, this process helps recover more hair that was previously lost.
How Do I Take Rogaine?
Rogaine (Minoxidil) comes in two different forms: foam and liquid.
Both have pros and cons — it’s up to you to decide which type fits your lifestyle better.
For example, some people experience allergic reactions when using the liquid form of Rogaine. It may also cause certain types of hair to look and feel greasy, in which case foam might be the better choice.
On the other hand, because the liquid form is applied using a dropper, those with long hair or specific balding areas may find it easier to apply more precisely, while those with significantly thinning hair over a large area might find the denser foam easier to use.
In any case, it’s important to carefully read the instructions that come with this medicine.
To use the liquid form of Rogaine:
- Completely dry your hair and scalp before use
- Apply the solution in the prescribed area
- Don’t shower for 4 hours after use
- Wash your hands right after
To use the foam version of Rogaine:
- Open the container by matching the arrows on the cap and ring
- Part your hair where your hair is thinning
- Hold the can upside down and press the nozzle to apply foam to your fingers
- Gently massage the foam over the thinning area
- Immediately wash hands after
What Rogaine Dosage Should I Take?
It’s important to know how much Rogaine to take.
Minoxidil is available in two different dosages for both the liquid and foam solutions: 5% and 2%.
For those that are desperate to quickly improve the condition of their hair, the 5% dosage is probably the way to go. But of course, your doctor is the best person to advise you on this.
With that said, know that neither will give overnight results. It takes on average 4 months to see results.
Make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions as well as the directions on the label whenever taking Rogaine. The right Rogaine dosage for hair loss depends from person to person. The number of times you apply Minoxidil in a day, as well as the length of time you take it changes from case to case.
Typically, the number of doses to take in a day is as follows:
- Topical Solution Dosage (liquid)
- Apply 1 millilitre (mL) to the affected spot twice a day
- Topical Foam Dosage
- Apply half a capful to the affected spot twice a day
For the best advice, be sure to consult with a doctor about how much Rogaine to take for hair loss.
What Do I Do If I Miss a Rogaine Dosage?
If you ever miss a dose, make sure to apply it as soon as possible. But if it’s already almost time for your next application of Minoxidil, just skip it and go back to your regular schedule.
Remember, Minoxidil won’t be as effective if you keep missing your doses. The follicles of hair need consistent reminders to grow.
If you miss once a month, it won’t be a problem. But if you consistently miss a dose every week, the treatment won’t be as effective.
Propecia, on the other hand, works differently and isn’t as easily affected by a missed dose.
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Can I Overdose with Rogaine?
Overdosing is not expected with Rogaine, but if you ever feel sick or accidentally ingest the medicine, make sure to seek medical attention immediately.
With that said, Rogaine can have several severe side effects. If you experience any of the following, be sure to contact a doctor immediately:
- severe irritation on the scalp
- unwanted growth of facial hair
- chest pain
- rapid weight gain
- swelling in hands or feet
- lightheadedness, headache, dizziness, or confusion
Final Words: Is Rogaine Right For Me?
Losing your hair can be a daunting time in any man’s life.
The good news is you’re not alone. Millions of men around the world go through the same problem and have found a treatment that works for them.
Even though it may take some time to find something that works for you, don’t lose hope.
Every single product and medication that we offer is clinically proven and prescribed by Canadian medical practitioners and is dispensed by licensed pharmacies.