Rogaine, Topical

Generic name: Minoxidil.

Rogaine is a hair growth stimulant in its lotion form. It is thought to improve the blood supply to the hair follicles, thus stimulating growth.

Quick Facts About Rogaine


Used to treat baldness in men and thinning hair in  women.

Rogaine Dosage

Use exactly as prescribed. Do not increase dose, causes side effects and does not speed up hair growth process. Apply to dry scalp only, and keep on seal: for at least 4 hours. Wash your hands thoroughly after application. For external use only.

  • Usual adult dose: 1 milliliter of Rogaine Topical to affected scalp area 2 times per day, not to exceed 2 milliliters per day. May take up to 4 months to observe results. If you have hair growth, continue dosage for additional or continued growth.
  • Usual child dose: not generally prescribed for children.
  • Missed dose: no need to make up dose; go back to regular schedule with next dose. Do not increase the amount you apply after a missed dose or for any other reason.

Rogaine Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

no specific information available. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

Side effects: aches and pains, arthritis symptoms, anxiety, back pain, blood disorders, bone fractures, bronchitis, changes in blood pressure, changes in pulse rate, chest pain, conjunctivitis (pinkeye), depression, diarrhea, dizziness, dry skin or flaking scalp, ear infections, eczema, exhaustion, facial swelling, faintness, fluid retention, genital infections and irritation, growth of excess body hair, headache, hives, increased hair loss, itching, light-headedness, menstrual and breast changes, nausea, pounding heartbeat, runny nose, sexual dysfunction, skin redness, sinus inflammation, skin irritation and other allergic reactions, vision changes, vomiting, weight gain.

No known less common or rare Rogaine side effects.


No Rogaine drug interactions reported.

No known food/other substance interactions. 

Special Cautions

May cause birth defects. If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. May appear in breast milk; could affect a nursing infant

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Not generally prescribed for children.

  • If sensitive to or allergic to Rogaine, should not use.
  • Scalp should be free of infections or other irritations before using Rogaine Topical, as they may increase absorption of Rogaine Topical, thus increasing the risk of side effects.
  • People with high blood pressure or taking blood pressure medication may be at risk for adverse effects.
  • Doctor should monitor progress after 1 month and every 6 months thereafter.
  • Avoid using Rogaine Topical with other topical medications that increase skin absorption or contain petroleum jelly.

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