Can Rogaine make balding worse?

Is there a downside to Rogaine?

There also are some cons to using minoxidil, including: It can be costly. It can cost about $40 for a three-month supply of minoxidil 5%. However, Barazani says to keep in mind that minoxidil 2% used to be available only by prescription and cost as much as $100 a bottle, which wasn’t covered by insurance.

Can you use Rogaine if you’re not balding?

Rogaine works best in people with hereditary hair loss at the vertex of the scalp (the area at the back of the head, just under the crown) or for women with general thinning of hair on the top of the scalp. Rogaine isn’t meant for a receding hairline or baldness at the front of your scalp.

Do you have to use Rogaine forever?

If the patient has androgenetic alopecia (male balding and female thinning), he or she will need to use minoxidil forever. If minoxidil is stopped, the hair will return to the way it once was and progressively get worse. In fact, all treatments for androgenetic alopecia are the same – use is forever.

Why you shouldn’t use minoxidil?

As a vasodilator, minoxidil causes an increase in blood supply, which can also increase your heart rate. Healthcare providers may advise people with pre-existing heart conditions against using products containing minoxidil because it can increase heart rate and cause chest pains, signaling heart failure.

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Is Rogaine bad for your heart?

Chest pain warning: Minoxidil can increase your heart rate and cause or worsen chest pain. Doctors usually prescribe a beta-adrenergic blocking drug with minoxidil to avoid this. If you have new or worsening pain in the chest, arm, or shoulders, tell your doctor right away.

Can Rogaine make you gain weight?

Weight Gain — People taking minoxidil can rapidly gain up to 10 pounds of weight. This normally happens because of an increase in water retention, but some of the extra weight may be due to increased fat as well.

Can you regrow a receding hairline?

Yes. In many cases, receding hairline is indeed reversible. The right treatment for you depends on the cause. “For androgenic alopecia, minoxidil (Rogaine) is the only FDA-approved medical treatment for both men and women,” Krejci says.

What happens if you put Rogaine on healthy hair?

Treatment. The use of Rogaine on healthy hair should be tempered by restraint due to the cost of the product and possible side effects. If no treatment is necessary for healthy hair, the risk for skin irritation, dryness of the scalp and dandruff formation increases.