Minoxidil foam (for men)

Pronunciation

Generic Name: minoxidil (min-OX-i-dil)
Brand Name: Rogaine

Minoxidil foam (for men) is used for:

Regrowing hair in patients who have gradually thinning hair or gradual hair loss on the top of the head.

Minoxidil foam (for men) is a vasodilator. Exactly how minoxidil foam (for men) works to regrow scalp hair is not known. It may dilate blood vessels in the scalp. This may improve hair follicle function and stimulate scalp hair growth.

Do NOT use minoxidil foam (for men) if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in minoxidil foam (for men)
  • you are a woman
  • you only have hair loss toward the front of your head (eg, a receding hair line); minoxidil foam (for men) is not used to treat this kind of hair loss
  • you have no family history of hair loss or you do not know the reason for your hair loss
  • you have sudden or patchy hair loss
  • your scalp is red, inflamed, infected, or painful
  • you are using other medicines on your scalp

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using minoxidil foam (for men):

Some medical conditions may interact with minoxidil foam (for men). Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have heart, blood pressure, or blood vessel problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with minoxidil foam (for men). Because little, if any, of minoxidil foam (for men) is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if minoxidil foam (for men) may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use minoxidil foam (for men):

Use minoxidil foam (for men) as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Minoxidil foam (for men) comes with an extra patient leaflet. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Apply half a capful to the area of hair loss as directed.
  • Do NOT apply to red, irritated, or inflamed skin.
  • Minoxidil foam (for men) is only for use on the top of the head. Do NOT apply to other parts of the body.
  • Wash your hands after using minoxidil foam (for men).
  • Use minoxidil foam (for men) on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it. Continue to use minoxidil foam (for men) even when your hair begins to grow. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of minoxidil foam (for men), use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use minoxidil foam (for men).

Important safety information:

  • Minoxidil foam (for men) may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use minoxidil foam (for men) with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Minoxidil foam (for men) is for topical use only. Avoid getting minoxidil foam (for men) in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get minoxidil foam (for men) in your eyes, wash them out with cool tap water.
  • It may take 2 to 4 months for minoxidil foam (for men) to work. If you do not see hair regrowth after 4 months, check with your doctor.
  • If you stop using minoxidil foam (for men) regularly, you may lose the hair that has regrown. Your hair loss may begin again.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use more often than directed without checking with your doctor.
  • Minoxidil foam (for men) may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Minoxidil foam (for men) is extremely flammable. Do not get near fire or a flame. Do not smoke while using or right after using minoxidil foam (for men).
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines on your scalp.
  • Minoxidil foam (for men) should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 18 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Minoxidil foam (for men) may cause harm to the fetus. It is not known if minoxidil foam (for men) is found in breast milk. Minoxidil foam (for men) should not be used by women.

Possible side effects of minoxidil foam (for men):

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Changes in hair color or texture.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; dizziness; fainting; fast heartbeat; redness or irritation of the scalp; sudden, unexplained weight gain; swelling of the hands or feet; unwanted facial hair growth.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Minoxidil foam (for men) may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of minoxidil foam (for men):

Store minoxidil foam (for men) at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat and direct sunlight. Do not store above 120 degrees F (49 degrees C). Do not puncture, break, or burn the canister even if it appears to be empty. Keep minoxidil foam (for men) out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about minoxidil foam (for men), please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Minoxidil foam (for men) is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take minoxidil foam (for men) or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about minoxidil foam (for men). It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to minoxidil foam (for men). This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using minoxidil foam (for men).

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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