At this time, generic Rogaine (minoxidil) solution is available, but there are not any generic versions of the Rogaine foam. The generic version of Rogaine solution is sold under the name minoxidil solution and is available in both 2% and 5% formulations. The earliest predictable date that a generic version of the foam could become available is after the patent expires in April 2019.
Can I Buy Generic Rogaine?Rogaine® (minoxidil) is a nonprescription medication approved to stimulate hair growth in people who have male or female pattern hair loss, known medically as androgenetic alopecia.
This medication is made by Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products. Rogaine solution products have come off-patent and are available as generic products. However, Rogaine foam is currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic versions from being manufactured in the United States.
Available StrengthsGeneric Rogaine solution is available in the following strengths:
- Minoxidil solution 2% for men
- Minoxidil solution 5% for men (minoxidil extra strength)
- Minoxidil solution 2% for women.
Who Makes Generic Rogaine?Generic Rogaine solution is made by several companies, including but not limited to:
- Actavis Group
- Avacor Products, LLC
- Perrigo Company.
Is Generic Minoxidil as Good as Rogaine?With prescription medications, all generic versions must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns each generic a rating. An "AB" rating, for example, means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication.
Nonprescription products are not rated using this system. Therefore, it may be difficult to determine whether a generic nonprescription medication is equivalent to the brand-name product.
Generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities. Check the product label, or ask a pharmacist, if you are unsure about the ingredients.
If you are concerned about using generic Rogaine, ask your pharmacist to recommend a good generic product. Some manufacturers are more reliable than others, and your pharmacist can help you choose among the many products available.