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Minoxidil 2%

If you have androgenetic alopecia, you may benefit from minoxidil (Rogaine®). This over-the-counter (OTC) medication is used to help stimulate hair growth in men and women with hair loss on the top of the scalp. The strength of minoxidil is different for men versus women.
Minoxidil comes in the form of a liquid solution or a foam. It is applied directly on the scalp, usually twice daily (in the morning and evening). This hair medicine is available in the following forms and strengths:
  • Minoxidil 5% foam for men
  • Minoxidil 5% solution for men
  • Minoxidil 2% solution for men
  • Minoxidil 2% solution for women.


(Click Minoxidil for more information on the various strengths and an explanation as to why women should only use minoxidil 2% products. This Web article also describes how this medicine works, lists possible side effects, and covers some general safety precautions.)
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