Rogaine 2% is useful in the promotion of hair re-growth, especially in patients who are experiencing gradual thinning of hair and a gradual loss of hair on the top of the head.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
You must wash your scalp before using the medication and that too with a mild shampoo. Dry off your hair and scalp before applying the Solution. Make sure you wash your hands properly after applying Rogaine Solution. You must wait for at least 4 hours after the application of the solution before going for swimming, and try not to get your scalp wet from the rain after the application of the solution.
The solution must remain on your scalp for a minimum of 4 hours before you wash it off. You must wait until the whole solution has dried off and only then can you use other hair care products.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Rogaine 2% ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Rogaine 2% each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Rogaine being a vasodilator stimulates the hair growth in the scalp. It might be possibly dilating the blood vessels in your scalp, which may show an improvement of the hair follicle function and may also stimulate hair growth in your scalp.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Rogaine 2% must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature preferably between 15 to 30 degrees C.
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Rogaine 2% (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
You must also avoid using Rogaine 2% if you are already using any ointment of special oil in your scalp. If your scalp is infected or irritated, avoid the use of Rogaine 2%.
Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.
A number of basic side effects might be observed for the first few weeks. But gradually they are bound to go away with the regular medication. Use only tap water for washing off your hair. Avoid excess grooming of your hair and Rogaine 2% does not guarantee that hair fall caused by grooming will grow back again.
Proper care and caution must be maintained during the dosage of Rogaine 2% especially when the patients are small children.
Rogaine 2% is known to make some people dizzy or drowsy. And if you consume alcoholic beverages, then the chances of this happening increase greatly. Hence, alcohol and alcoholic beverages must be strictly avoided while taking Rogaine 2%. If you have experienced drowsiness after taking Rogaine 2%, then avoid tasks that require mental alertness for example, driving, handling heavy equipment or machinery etc.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Rogaine 2%. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Rogaine 2% usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Rogaine 2%. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.