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Alopecia Agent Regaine Adult

Minoxidil - What is it for

​Minoxidil is applied to the scalp to promote hair growth and slows down the balding process. It thickens hair strands and prolongs the growing phase of the hair.

The improvement rate varies from person to person. Hair growth is usually observed after the medicine has been used for at least 3 to 6 months and lasts only as long as the medicine is used. Hair loss may begin again within a few months after treatment is stopped.

Minoxidil - Additional Information

​The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body 

In rare cases, Minoxidil can be absorbed into the skin and cause these side effects:

  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Headache
  • Fast/irregular heartbeat
  • Swelling of face, lips, hands or feet
  • Unusual weight gain

If you experience any of these symptoms, stop the medication and consult your doctor immediately.

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