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An in-depth look at Minoxidil, hair loss treatments for women and balding men. Pictures of results, info on its longevity and more.  Please read this full page before deciding to buy minoxidil.

Time Tested...baldy approved

In 1988, Pharmacia & Upjohn Company introduced the first FDA-approved product proven to regrow hair. Since 1996, in light of their excellent safety profile, Rogaine Regular Strength for Men and Rogaine for Women have been sold as over-the-counter (non prescription) drugs. Rogaine extra strength is now sold over the counter as well.  It is a clear solution you apply to the top of your scalp where hair is thinning.

Rogaine is available as a pre-mixed product created by Upjohn, but you can very easily obtain the active ingredients in generic versions of this product.  We have made this accessible for you at the bottom of this page.

What exactly is it?

Minoxidil in its 2% form has been approved for use in both Men and Women, however the 5% mixture has just recently been approved for over the counter distribution, but is only for use in Men.  Minoxidil is an ingredient which works to stimulate the hair follicles into growth.  It is safe to say that the 5% version is the strongest regrowth product available over the counter, while the 2% is something you may wish to start with if you're just starting to experience balding.

Once again it is important to pace yourself with hair loss treatments.  As with any treatment, you run the risk of it losing its effectiveness over time, so start light, see if it works, then increase to 5% if you are not seeing the results you want.

Pros and Cons

If you're like most people, the big question is "Where do I start?"  Trying to decide the answer to this question is one of the toughest because starting something means a major commitment.  So the two major players are Propecia and Minox.  Here are some benefits of Minox over Propecia:

  • You can buy Minoxidil without Prescription, whereas Propecia requires one
  • Minox works locally, and since it is a topical, its systemic (internal) effects are minimal, whereas Propecia directly alters the Male Hormonal system.
  • Minox in its 2% form is safe for use in both Men *and* Women, whereas Propecia is only for use in Men

Propecia and Minoxidil, the Ultimate Combination

If you are looking to kick start some regrowth, and maintain what you have, but have had no success on other treatments, or on Propecia or Rogaine alone, combining them is a sure way to optimize your results.  

The following fellow used Minox and Propecia together for a year or so....

Jon Ross

Before Propecia & Minox


After Propecia & Minox


Email Jon at res03hsp@gte.net
View Jon's full Story here: Jon Ross

Using both in conjunction is probably the most effective known treatment to date for best regrowth.  Why?  Mike Leake [maleake@aol.com] explains the plusses and minuses of Minox alone and in conjunction with a therapy like Propecia:

"Since part of the problem with hair thinning appears to be a Nitric Oxide deficit due to vascular damage, anything that works on a hormonal level (Propecia) is unlikely to substitute for those agents that supply Nitroxides (Minox). In the past, many have tried dumping minox in favor of just sticking with other agents they were also using that worked on a hormonal level. They invariably regret it a few months later when all the minoxidil-stimulated and minox-dependent shedding.

Minox stimulates hair to grow, of course, by non-hormonal methods. Minox and other Nitroxides are therefore able to stimulate hair that would remain unstimulated by hormone modulation alone (Propecia). This is obvious from the chemicals involved, but also from those who start out with Propecia and get some results, but get even more results when they use Minox in addition.

Thus, when you remove that Nitric Oxide (NO) crutch, regardless how successful the hormonal modulation you may also be doing, you lose those hairs that were stimulated into activity by something that pinch-hit for the missing NO. 

Since MPB is multifactorial, it only makes sense that if you take care of just one of the factors you will have less than 100% success. It's like someone who can't walk because he's got a broken leg and crippling arthritis, too. Mend the broken bone and you still have a problem."

Comments from HairlossSucks.com creator:  

"Having run this site for over a year now, I can honestly say that the guys who allowed their choice on hair loss treatments to be motivated by the clinical studies and the living proof that comes along with these two treatments, have reaped the rewards of their faith after 6-12 months of daily use.  The myriad's of treatments out there makes it nearly impossible to decide, as they're all claiming amazing results.  The simple solution is to look at what is clinically proven and what is not.  Its all about examining ingredients.  A good portion of the unproven treatments you'll find on the web are made in some foreign land and tout a "natural" solution to hair loss, including herbs and ancient concoctions.  What clinical proof do they have?  More often than not, none.  Minoxidil showed a 64% success rate at stopping hair loss and regrowing hair in an intense study with hundreds of men.  Those studies are below.  Propecia showed an 83% success rate at stopping hair loss with a 66% success rate at showing *minimal* regrowth in a study with over a thousand men.  It's not much of a growth stimulant.  But the two together... well just do the math.  What percent chance do you think the two together can bring you?  There is nothing to wonder about because the proof is already there.

If you're a younger guy whose just recently experienced hair loss and will be happy enough if you can just keep what you have for the next 20 years, then you probably do not need both of these treatments together.  Propecia alone or Minoxidil (Rogaine) alone will most likely work for you after a few weeks of some preliminary shedding.

If however you have already lost more than you care to admit, and you are determined to cover up some of that unnaturally showing scalp skin, then it may be time for you to pull out the big guns and begin a year long project.  More often than not, you're going to see results much sooner than that, after the preliminary shedding period which tends to accompany both treatments.

Keep in mind that it's always good to pace yourself.  The hair loss battle is just as much a battle to hold off hair loss until something better comes around, as it is a battle to make gains on what has been lost.  Both of these treatments are currently touting about a 3-6 year longevity, so its up to you whether you'd like to use both right now, or try one, see how it works, and then add the other later if it doesn't - or if it stops working for you sometime down the road.  Buying time is an important part of the process, as new treatments are constantly in the pipeline, and you'll want to maintain what you have until they're on the shelf."

What are the downsides of Minox?

  • Since it is a topical solution, you must apply it daily once or twice a day.  This can mean greater inconvenience for you and fitting into your lifestyle.

Possible Side Effects

  • Mild scalp irritation
  • Infrequently people have experienced low blood pressure or an increase in heart rate at the time of application.


How long will it last?

Results vary from person to person.  There were, however, a couple studies which evaluated men who had used topical Minox in the 2% and 3% form for 5 years.  These studies show some very good information on the lasting effectiveness of Minox over time.  Some feel that they show a decrease in effectiveness, whereas others feel it shows its long term ability to fight off impending doom.  Keeping in mind that the absence of treatment will most assuredly mean a continued dramatic balding, and discontinued regrowth, seeing how well Minox fended off this effect for such a long time could indeed be an argument for its staying power.  Are you a half full or half empty kind of person?  Read the studies and decide for yourself! 

Keep in mind, this was not the well known 5% form of Minoxidil, nor were they using any other treatments at the time.  You have the luxury of combining effective treatments to further increase your chances of regrowth.  Both are available below in PDF format.  You must have Acrobat Reader to view the files - which is also available below.

Please note:
  The file may appear blurry when viewing.  Simply go up to "View" and choose "Actual Size" when it appears.  This will clear it up.


Minox 2% Five Year
Study Results

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Minox 2% Four Year
Study Results

hair loss Minoxidil 5 year study PDF
( 2 Minutes at 56k )

hair loss Minoxidil 4 year study PDF
( 30 seconds at 56k )

Click Here to view one of our user's Assessments of the above studies

The moral of the story is that you need to pace yourself.  Some of these treatments won't last forever, but if used effectively, you can theoretically extend their results for 5, 10, even 15 years.  Dumping everything on your head day 1 runs you the risk of seeing a tolerance after 5 years for *EVERYTHING* and leaves you with no options for other alternatives.  See what works, give it 6 months, if it does then use it until it stops working.  If it doesn't, slowly add things one by one, starting with the most well known effective treatments.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect?

As with any regimen, your own persistence and patience are the two most important factors in seeing success.  The process of losing hair takes time, so it is logical to understand that reversing the process will time as well.  Many men take over 20 years to lose their hair, so keep this in mind when starting any regimen.  

With Minox, there is a lot of work it needs to start doing on your scalp before you will see any sort of beneficial results.  If you have already begun to lose your hair, there is a long process of follicle deterioration that has already occurred, and the repair of that - bringing you back to ground zero - is going to take some time.  The timeline for Minox is similar to that of Propecia:

  • Month 1 - 2:  You may see an increase in shedding during this time period.  Do not worry - this most likely means the treatment is working.  What is happening, is that you will have stimulated a new growth cycle to begin, and this is going to push out some of the deteriorating follicles to make way for the newer, stronger ones.

  • Month 3 - 9:  This is the period where you may art to see some results.  Your first hairs may be small, thin, and lightly pigmented.  Over time these hairs will cycle through their growth phases and each time come in stronger longer, and darker.  This response time may take up to a year to occur, depending on the person.

  • After 1 Year:  You will have gotten ahold of your hair loss problem.  You either will be experiencing new growth, or seeing a significant slowing or stoppage of your balding.

Is this just another Snake Oil?

No.  Minoxidil has been approved by the FDA as a Proven effective to stop hair loss and for hair regrowth.


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