Minoxidil is the first and only FDA approved prescription drug for the treatment of androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness. It is a hypertensive product that has validating properties which feed nutrients, blood and oxygen to the hair follicles.
It will then cause follicles to shed and then replaced by new hair growth. Treatments come in 5% and 2% solutions. The concentrated solution of 5% is found to be more effective. Search FDA drug labels to production site status and API suppliers.
Lately, there is also a minoxidil type in the foam-based formulation of 5% as effective as the liquid type. As a potassium channel opener, it causes hyperpolarization of cellular membranes.
With so many positive clinical studies of hair growth stimulation with patients after about 4 months of daily use, Minoxidil has enjoyed its continuous popularity over the years.
If you are experiencing falling and thinning hair or you may have some bald spots, it is best to consult a reputable physician before using Minoxidil. You need to use the medicine carefully as instructed.
Do not use more minoxidil as ordered by your doctor, If you do, it may be absorbed through the skin and this can cause unwanted side effects. Double doses for missed doses are not advisable. You should also not use it to any other area of your body.