It may take at least 4 months and up to 1 year for results to be seen. Your results and success may depend on proper application and dosage: remember to apply ROGAINE® product twice a day, every day, directly to the scalp. If you do not see any results after 1 year, speak with your doctor. Those who are younger and have been losing hair for a short period of time or have a small area of hair loss are likely to experience the best results.
There is no known limit on how long you may continuously use ROGAINE® products. Continued use is necessary to maintain or increase your hair regrowth, once you stop your hair loss will begin again.
Some people may experience an itchiness and other irritation on the scalp. This is usually only a temporary effect. However, if it persists, stop using ROGAINE® product and see a doctor.
There are a few signs that let you know ROGAINE® products are at work on your hair follicles. For example, during the first 2-6 weeks of use, there may be a temporary increase in hair shedding. This is common and likely means that the new growth cycle is beginning, and the older hairs you may have lost are making way for the new healthy ones. Eventually, new growth will appear. This is encouraging and means that ROGAINE® products are actually stimulating regrowth—and helping reverse the progression of hair loss. Remember, not everyone responds to ROGAINE® products and individual results will vary. If hair loss continues longer than 2 weeks during the first 2-6 weeks of ROGAINE® product use, stop using the product and talk to your doctor.
ROGAINE® products are believed to stimulate hair follicles to shift from the resting phase to the growth phase. Thus, it is not uncommon to see a temporary increase in shedding during the first 2-6 weeks using ROGAINE® products. This occurs in some people as the new hair pushes out the older hairs, when the hair follicle shifts into the growth phase. It is very much like losing baby teeth to make room for adult teeth. This increase in shedding is only temporary and should subside with continued treatment. Please note, however, if increased shedding continues for a duration of longer than 2 weeks, you should consult your doctor to rule out other possible causes.
ROGAINE® products regrow hair that is healthier and thicker looking. Although the earliest hair growth you see may be soft and downy, further treatment may produce new hair with the same consistency and characteristics as the remaining hair on your scalp.
Hereditary hair loss is a progressive condition requiring continuous use of ROGAINE® products. Make it a part of your daily routine—just like brushing your teeth. Apply directly to your scalp—twice a day, every day. Note that use of ROGAINE® products has not been well studied in men over the age of 65 years, and use is not recommended past this age.
If you miss 1 or 2 doses of a ROGAINE® product, just continue with your next regular dose. We do not recommend that you try to make up for missed doses. 1 or 2 days of not using ROGAINE® products should not affect your long-term hair regrowth as long as you resume regular use.
Continued use of ROGAINE® products is needed to increase or maintain hair regrowth. If you stop using it, the normal hair loss process will start again. You will probably lose your newly regrown hair within 3 to 4 months.