Rogaine Side Effects

If you are using Rogaine, you may develop a dry, flaky, and itchy scalp. Other common side effects of Rogaine include a red, irritated scalp. However, most people tolerate the drug well and if reactions occur, they tend to be easily treated. Some reactions are more serious; for example, if you develop chest pain, difficulty breathing, or an unexplained rash, seek medical attention right away.

An Introduction to Rogaine Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Rogaine® (minoxidil) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Rogaine. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you. This article applies only to minoxidil formulations that are applied on the scalp. An oral form of minoxidil is available by prescription and is used to treat severe hypertension. Oral minoxidil should not be used to treat hair loss, as it can cause serious side effects. See Loniten for more information.)

Common Side Effects of Rogaine

The prescribing information for prescription medications contains the exact percentage of side effects that occurred in clinical trials. However, information for over-the-counter (OTC) medications, such as Rogaine, is less detailed. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly what side effects occur and how common the reactions may be.
The most common Rogaine side effects are local irritation to the application site (the scalp), including:
  • A dry, flaky, and itchy scalp
  • A red, irritated scalp.
Additionally, some people may experience an increase in hair loss at the beginning of treatment. This is a temporary side effect that should resolve within a couple of weeks.
Unwanted facial hair growth may occur in some people who use this medication. Although this side effect is rare, it is more likely to occur in people who touch their face after applying the medication and in women who use Rogaine 5% products (which are approved for men only), instead of the 2% products.
It is recommended that women only use Rogaine 2% solution. A special Women's Rogaine is available in the 2% strength. Also, make sure to wash your hands immediately after applying this medicine.
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