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Hair Regrowth For Women
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Minoxidil solution and foam are used to help hair growth in the treatment of male pattern baldness. It is not used for baldness at the front of the scalp or receding hairline in men. The 2 percent minoxidil solution is also used to help hair growth in women with thinning hair.Minoxidil belongs to a class of drugs known as vasodilators. It is not known how minoxidil causes hair growth. This medication is not used for sudden/patchy hair loss, unexplained hair loss (e.g., no family history of hair loss), or hair loss after giving birth.Do not use this product if you are 18 years old or younger.

 
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Uses
Minoxidil solution and foam are used to help hair growth in the treatment of male pattern baldness. It is not used for baldness at the front of the scalp or receding hairline in men. The 2 percent minoxidil solution is also used to help hair growth in women with thinning hair.Minoxidil belongs to a class of drugs known as vasodilators. It is not known how minoxidil causes hair growth. This medication is not used for sudden/patchy hair loss, unexplained hair loss (e.g., no family history of hair loss), or hair loss after giving birth.Do not use this product if you are 18 years old or younger.
Notes
  • Keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments.

Storage
  • Store the US product at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight.Store the Canadian product at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.Keep all medicines away from children and pets.This product is flammable.
  • Keep it away from fire, and avoid open flame after treatment until the medication has completely dried.

Overdose
  • Symptoms of overdose may include: dizziness, drowsiness, fainting, flushing.

How To Use
  • Read and follow all directions on the product package before using this product.
  • If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Clean and dry the scalp area before applying the medication.
  • You may apply this product to damp hair.
  • To use the solution, fill the applicator with 1 milliliter of medication (to the 1 ml line), or use 20 drops.
  • Part your hair in the area of thinning and apply the solution evenly to the affected area of the scalp.
  • Gently rub in.
  • Apply twice a day or as directed by your doctor.
  • Allow the solution to dry completely before using other styling products (e.g., gels, mousse) or before going to bed.To use the foam, rinse your hands in cold water and dry well.
  • Apply about 1/2 capful of foam to the scalp and rub in gently.
  • Allow the foam to dry completely before styling or going to bed.If scalp irritation is a problem, you may need to avoid using minoxidil on the same days that you have your hair colored or chemically treated (e.g., permed).Do not use on other parts of the body unless directed by your doctor.
  • Do not use on skin that is red, painful, irritated, scraped, cut, or infected.
  • Wash hands thoroughly after application.
  • Avoid getting the medication in your eyes.
  • If this occurs, rinse your eyes with large amounts of cool water.This medication comes in 2 strengths, 2 and 5 percent.
  • The 5 percent solution is for use by men only.
  • The 2 percent strength may be used by women and men.
  • Do not use this medication more often, apply more of it than as directed, or apply it to an irritated or sunburned scalp.
  • Doing so can cause the drug to be absorbed into your body and result in serious side effects.
  • This product may contain alcohol and can be irritating and drying to the scalp.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to use this product safely.It takes time for hair to regrow.
  • Most people need to use this medication regularly for 4 months to see benefit.
  • This medication must be used continuously to maintain hair growth.
  • If your condition does not improve or worsens after using this medication for 4 to 6 months, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, tell your doctor.

Side Effects
  • Burning, stinging, or redness at the application site may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.If your doctor has directed you to take this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Rarely, this medication can be absorbed through the skin and cause side effects.
  • Stop using this medication and tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: unwanted facial/body hair, dizziness, fast/irregular heartbeat, fainting, chest pain, swelling of hands/feet, unusual weight gain, tiredness, difficulty breathing especially when lying down.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
  • However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using minoxidil, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to any of its ingredients; or if you have any other allergies.If you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this product: diseases of the scalp (e.g., eczema, infection, cuts), heart problems (e.g., chest pain, heart attack, heart failure), kidney disease, liver disease.During pregnancy, this product should be used only when clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • If you are using this product under your doctor's direction, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you use any of the following products: drugs for high blood pressure (e.g., guanethidine), other skin products used on the scalp, drugs that interact with alcohol (e.g., disulfiram, metronidazole).Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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