IS MALE PATTERN HAIR LOSS?
pattern baldness, androgenetic alopecia, is a very common condition
in which men begin to experience thinning of the hair on the scalp.
These changes often start slowly in men in their 20ís and often progress
to a receding hairline and/or balding on the top of the head. Male
pattern baldness is believed to be hereditary and dependent on hormonal
effects. The primary cause of Male Pattern hair loss and baldness
is due to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is produced by 5-alpha reductase
conversion of testosterone to DHT and leads to miniaturization of the hair
IS MINOXIDIL & HOW DOES IT WORK?
is the active ingredient in Rogaine and it works at the level of the dermal
papilla. Minoxidil increases blood flow and works by gradually enlarging
miniaturized follicles that have shrunk. Also, Minoxidil appears
to extend the hair's growth phase thus giving the hairs an opportunity
to reach a longer length before falling out. With more follicles
in the growth stage, it is possible to see improved coverage of the scalp.
DOES PRESCRIPTION STRENGTH MINOXIDIL DIFFER FROM ROGAINE?
is the active ingredient in Rogaine the over-the counter preparation.
Rogaine contains only 2 - 5% Minoxidil and is 60% alcohol which is
very drying and damaging to the hair shaft. Minoxidil effectiveness
is dose dependent and the higher the dose the better the hair regrowth.
Therefore prescription strength Minoxidil 15% cream or 12.5% lotion
is many times more potent than Rogaine and it is not drying and damaging
to the hair shaft as is OTC Rogaine.
IS THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MINOXIDIL 15% -30% CREAM & 12.5% LOTION
& 5% FOAM & 15% SOLUTION?
Minoxidil preparations compounded exclusively by Murray Avenue Apothecary
are formulated with micronized Minoxidil which means the Minoxidil
has been ground down from its normal crystals into very fine particles
which can be more easily put into higher strength formulas.
These Minoxidil preparations are made without alcohol which is drying and
irritating to the scalp and found in high concentrations in over the counter
you have the option customizing the Minoxidil cream or lotion with additives
that promote hair growth and increase the effectiveness of the formulation.
The Minoxidil can be compounded with 0.025% Retinoic Acid (RA) which
can initiate cell growth and differentiation, Azelaic Acid (AA) which is
a 5 alpha reductase inhibitor (decreased DHT which is responsible for male
pattern hair loss) and Hydrocortisone a steroid which helps decrease any
scalp irritation. If you have glaucoma, increased intraoccular pressure,
or sensitive to steroids the formulation must NOT be compounded with Hydrocortisone
5% Foam for those who prefer to use a foam (no additives).
12.5% lotion is a clear light lotion with a liquid consistency in a 60
ml bottle with an applicator.
15% or30% cream is a smooth cream that is easily applied and comes
in a 60 gram tube.
is an individual preference and both the cream and the lotion can be prepared
with no additives, with Retinoic Acid, or with Retinoic Acid, Azelaic Acid
, Hydrocortisone, Progesterone 0.25%, finasteride 0.1%.
MINOXIDIL WORK FOR ME? WHAT ARE THE INDICATIONS?
is prescribed online for MEN 18 years or older experiencing gradual thinning
and hair loss on the top of the head(vertex) - ANDROGENETIC Male
Pattern Baldness. Clinical trials have shown Minoxidil to be effective
in regrowing hair on the top of the head but not proven efficacious in
frontal hair growth. The response to Minoxidil varies greatly for
each person and can not be predicted. Minoxidil has been clinically proven
and FDA approved as a treatment for male pattern hair loss and is dose
dependent. Therefore, prescription strength 15% cream or 12.5% lotion
is significantly more effective than over-the-counter 2 - 5% Minoxidil,
MINOXIDIL BE USED ALONG WITH PROPECIA OR AVODART?
male pattern hair loss with multiple modalities - topical Minoxidil
and systemic 5-alpha reductase inhibitors Propecia or Avodart may work
synergistically to enhance the effectiveness of treatment and promote hair
prescription strength Minoxidil works by increasing blood flow and enlarging
miniaturized follicles and extending the hair's growth phase.
Propecia and Avodart, both 5 alpha- reductase inhibitors, work by inhibiting
the enzymatic conversion of testosterone to DHT. DHT is responsible
for the miniaturization of the hair follicles in the balding areas.
Therefore topical Minoxidil and systemic Propecia or Avodart work synergistically
on the key factors in the development of androgenetic male pattern baldness.
Propecia and Avodart decrease levels of DHT responsible for
the miniaturization of hair follicles, while Minoxidil works to increase
blood flow to the area and enlarge and restore the follicles that have
Minoxidil can be used as a sole treatment modality, combining topical Minoxidil
with systemic DHT inhibitors - Propecia or
would maximize the effectiveness of both, and result in the
best opportunity to slow hair loss and regrow new hair.
or Propecia prescriptions are available through Medical
LONG BEFORE I SEE RESULTS?
grows only about ½ inch per month, therefore patients start to notice
results after first 3 months of treatment. It takes time to see improvement.
Initially one may start to notice very fine, soft, colorless hairs.
With further use the new hairs will gradually become thicker and the same
color as the other hairs on your scalp. Up to 12 months of
use may be needed to see your best results from Minoxidil. Also,
for those just starting to have hair thinning, using Minoxidil in
the early stages will yield the most dramatic results.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE
TO USE MINOXIDIL?
underlying predisposition to baldness is always present. Therefore, if
a patient discontinues use of Minoxidil , he will gradually lose the new
hair that grew in response to Minoxidil treatment and will experience
the progression of his underlying predisposition to baldness. Newly
regrown hairs will probably be lost in 3 - 4 months after stopping
& HOW DO I USE MINOXIDIL?
prescription strength cream or lotion/gel is applied once daily in
the evening to a dry scalp. Allow sufficient time for the Minoxidil
to be absorbed into the scalp and dry before going to bed. Do not
get scalp or hair wet for 4 hours after applying Minoxidil. Only
apply Minoxidil to the scalp in the hair loss area. Do not
get in eyes. Wash hands after applying. Using Minoxidil
more frequently or in higher doses will NOT make it work better or faster.
If you miss a Minoxidil dose, just continue with your next dose in
the evening. DO NOT use a double dose of the medication.
to the areas of hair loss on the scalp
Do NOT apply
to any other part of the body
Do NOT use
more frequently than prescribed
hands after use
CAN I CONTINUE TO
USE SPRAYS, MOUSSES, GELS and STYLING AIDS WITH MINOXIDIL ?
is no need to change your usual hair care routine when using Minoxidil.
It is best to use Minoxidil on a dry scalp at night and to allow it to
dry and absorb thoroughly before going to bed to prevent spread on the
pillow and bedding. Do not wet hair for 4 hours after applying Minoxidil
to scalp. If you do need to apply styling aids after
applying Minoxidil, wait for the Minoxidil to dry completely before applying
any styling aids.
I HAVE MY HAIR CHEMICALLY TREATED - PERMANENTS, TINTS, RELAXED WHILE USING
is no evidence that chemical treatment of hair changes the effect of Minoxidil.
However, chemical treatments can result in scalp irritation. Therefore
the night before you plan to chemically treat your hair do NOT apply Minoxidil.
Also do NOT apply Minoxidil to the scalp for at least 24 hours after any
chemical treatment to your hair to ensure no irritation occurs. If
you experience any irritation, sensitivity or scalp redness after a chemical
treatment, wait until the scalp is 100% healed before applying Minoxidil.
Do NOT make up for missed doses.
IS THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ABOUT MINOXIDIL?
is prescribed ONLINE for MEN only, although unlike Propecia or Avodart
it has also been approved for women who are experiencing male pattern hair
loss. Minoxidil is NEVER prescribed for women online because in women
male pattern hair loss could be a sign of a serious or life-threatening
underlying medical condition from hormonal problems to even cancer.
should NOT use OTC Rogaine or prescription strength Minoxidil.
is indicated as a topical treatment for male pattern hair loss which occurs
gradually and runs in families. If you experience sudden hair loss,
or you are experiencing patchy areas or hair loss or hair loss from medication
or after pregnancy Minoxidil is NOT for you.
is for TOPICAL use ONLY! Minoxidil is to be applied to the areas
of hair thinning on the scalp only. Never take Minoxidil by mouth.
ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF MINOXIDIL?
most common side effects are itching and other skin irritations of the
treated area of the scalp. Minoxidil should ONLY be applied to the
scalp. The risk of side effects increased if applied to other parts
of the body. Always WASH hands after use
get in eyes - if accidentally gets in eyes flush with water immediately
and if irritation persists seek immediate medical attention in an emergency
Avodart and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic
reaction such as difficulty breathing, closing of the throat, swelling
of the lips, tongue or face.
MINOXIDIL AND SEE YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU GET:
and /or dizziness
irritation on treated areas of your scalp
WHO SHOULD NOT USE
WHAT ARE THE CONTRAINDICATIONS
is prescribed online for Men over age 18 only.
Do NOT use
Minoxidil if you are not sure of the reason for your hair loss.
Do NOT use
Minoxidil if you experienced Sudden hair loss.
Do NOT use
Minoxidil if you experience or patchy hair loss.
Do NOT use
Minoxidil if you are experiencing hair loss secondary to medication use
or a severe illness.
Do NOT use
Minoxidil if you have a red, inflamed, infected, irritated or painful scalp.
Do NOT apply
Minoxidil if to a sunburned scalp.
Do NOT use
Minoxidil if you have any scalp condition such as psoriasis or eczema as
Minoxidil can be very irritating.
Do NOT use
Minoxidil if yo ever had an allergic reaction to ROGAINE.
NOT prevent or reverse hair loss from use of some prescriptions medications.
NOT prevent or reverse hair loss due to chemotherapy, or nutritional problems,
low thyroid states, or disease which cause scarring of the scalp.
not improve hair loss from damage to the hair or scalp from use of hair
care products, chemical treatments or hairstyles such as ponytails or cornrows.
In order to proceed to the medical consultation, you must proceed to the
next page and read the contraindications and verify that you do not have
any of the contraindications and understand that any pregnant or potentially
pregnant woman must not use Minoxidil. Minoxidil is NEVER indicated
for hair loss due to childbirth.
circumstance do we prescribe Minoxidil to any woman or child under the
age of 18 .