Alopecia Hair Loss Forum

This is a great forum on alopecia. Particularly check out these postings on Minoxidil.

What is Minoxidil?

Among the most popular is the FDA-approved over-the-counter topical preparation minoxidil (Rogaine). Originally developed as a treatment for male pattern balding, it works for women as well, helping to enlarge and lengthen the hair follicle. Though it may do little to grow more hair, it can extend the growth phase and thus can help you to keep the hair you do have, longer.

Over-the-counter minoxidil comes in two strengths — a 2% solution for women and 5% solution for men. But experts say women may see better results with the stronger preparation. “The 2% solution is way too weak for female pattern hair loss — you really need to use the 5% solution to get results,” says Michael Reed, MD, professor of dermatology at the NYU School of Medicine in New York City.

A study in the April 2004 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology compared 48 weeks of treatment with 2% and 5% minoxidil in women with female pattern hair loss. Compared with placebo, 5% minoxidil was superior in regards to hair count and patient and researcher evaluations of hair growth. While the 2% solution improved hair count and researchers’ assessments of hair growth, the patients did not appear to notice a significant improvement in hair growth.

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