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minoxidil topical (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using minoxidil topical (Rogaine, Rogaine Extra Strength, Ronoxidil)?

Do not use minoxidil topical if the skin on your scalp is damaged, irritated, or sunburned. This may allow more of the medication to be absorbed by your body, which could be dangerous.

Before using minoxidil topical tell your doctor if you have heart disease. Minoxidil absorbed by the body can affect the heart.

Minoxidil topical is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether minoxidil topical will be harmful to an unborn to baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

Minoxidil may affect a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use minoxidil topical (Rogaine, Rogaine Extra Strength, Ronoxidil)?

Use minoxidil topical exactly as directed by your doctor or as directed in the package labeling. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Dry your hair and scalp before applying minoxidil topical.

Apply the prescribed amount, usually 1 mL, to the affected areas of the scalp. Minoxidil topical is usually applied twice daily, in the morning and at night.

Wash your hands after applying minoxidil topical.

Avoid getting this medication in the eyes, nose, or mouth. If this occurs, rinse the area with water.

Do not use minoxidil topical if the skin on your scalp is damaged, irritated, or sunburned. This may allow more of the medication to be absorbed by your body, which could be dangerous.

Do not use more than 2 mL of minoxidil topical in one day. More medication will not increase or hasten hair growth but it may cause dangerous side effects.

Do not use this medication on any part of your body other than your scalp. Application to other body parts can be dangerous.

It may take 4 months or more before new hair growth is seen. New hair is usually soft, colorless, and barely visible. With further treatment, the hair will become similar in color and thickness to existing hair.

If no hair growth is seen after 4 months of treatment, discontinuation of minoxidil topical should be considered.

If treatment is discontinued, new hair growth will usually be shed within a few months.

Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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