Brand and Other Names:Rogaine
- Classes: Topical Skin Products
Dosing & Uses
Dosage Forms & Strengths
Male: Apply 1 mL of 2% or 5% solution to affected areas of scalp BID (qAM & qHS); no more than 2 ml in 24 hours
Female: Apply 1 mL of 2% solution to affected areas of scalp BID (qAM & qHS)
<18 years old: Safety & efficacy not established
Allergic contact dermatitis (7.4%)
Frequency Not Defined
Erythema at site of application
May see systemic effects (hypotension)
Propylene glycol sensitivity, avoid use with other topical drugs, hypersensitivity
Once started, need to use indefinitely; hair growth should be apparent by 4 mth
Can be easily removed from scalp; avoid contact with scalp once applied
Pregnancy & Lactation
Pregnancy Category: C
Lactation: following topical application of the drug is not known, but the drug has been shown to distribute into milk following oral administration in lactating women
A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.
B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.
C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.
D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.
X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.
NA:Information not available.
Absorption: 1.4% systemic, 95% of which is eliminated w/ in 4 d
Mechanism of Action
Acts at the level of the hair follicle, possibly involving direct stimulation of hair follicle epithelial growth