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Regaine 5% Solution

Manufacturer: Janssen
Medicine composition: Minoxidil
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required
Last Updated: April 11, 2019

Regaine 5% Solution is used in the treatment of hair growth and male pattern baldness. Regaine 5% Solution has no effect in receding hairline and baldness at the front part of the scalp. About 2 percent of Regaine 5% Solution is used in women who have thinning hair. Regaine 5% Solution needs to be applied topically on the skin. It falls under a category of drugs known as vasodilators.

On using Regaine 5% Solution you may experience certain side effects. These are skin rash, itchiness, acne, redness of the skin, a burning sensation on the scalp, facial hair growth and a sudden increase in hair loss. Certain rare reactions that may occur in case too much of Regaine 5% Solution is absorbed into the body are problems with eyesight, chest pain, fainting, dizziness, fast or irregular heartbeat, headache, lightheadedness, rapid weight gain and swelling.

Before using this Regaine 5% Solution you should notify your doctor if you:

  • Are allergic to Regaine 5% Solution or any other drugs, foods or substances.
  • Are taking any prescriptive or non-prescriptive drugs, herbal medications or dietary supplements.
  • Are pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding a baby.
  • Are involved in activities that cause extreme sunlight exposure. Regaine 5% Solution may bring about skin sensitivity.
  • You have heart, kidney, liver or any scalp related diseases.

Regaine 5% Solution is sold as both a prescriptive or non-prescriptive medicine for the treatment of alopecia. It comes in a liquid form. Application entails you to apply it on your scalp twice a day. You should apply it as much as it is prescribed by your doctor or as written on the label. Visible results will only start to show after at least four months of usage. In certain cases, it can take up to one year as well. In case your side effects persist or worsen over time contact your health care provider right away.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Dermatologist before using this medicine.

  • Hypertension

    Regaine 5% Solution is used to treat an increase in the blood pressure caused by genetic and/or environmental factors.
  • Alopecia

    Regaine 5% Solution is used to prevent hair loss in males.
  • Allergy

    Not recommended in patients with known allergy to Regaine 5% Solution.
  • Pheochromocytoma

    Not recommended in patients with condition Pheochromocytoma.
  • How long is the duration of effect?

    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 1to 5 days.
  • What is the onset of action?

    The effect of this medicine can be observed in 1 hour after an oral dose and 4 to 5 hours after topical application.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women.
  • Is it habit forming?

    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    This medicine is known to excreted through breast milk. This medicine is not recommended for breastfeeding women.

Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Regaine 5% Solution , and hence can be used as its substitute.

  • Missed Dose instructions

    The missed dose should be taken as soon possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it's already time for your next scheduled dose.
  • Overdose instructions

    Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of overdose.
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Regaine 5% Solution is a vasodilator. It works by opening the potassium channels, causes hyperpolarization and dilation of arterioles. This effect will relax the smooth muscle and reduces peripheral vascular resistance, thus reduces the blood pressure. It stimulates the hair growth by prolonging the anagen phase of the hair growth by promoting the survival of human dermal papillary cells (DPCs)

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Disease


    Information not available.
  • Interaction with Alcohol


    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Interaction with Lab Test


    Information not available.
  • Interaction with Food


    Information not available.
  • Interaction with Medicine


    These medications may lower the blood pressure if taken together. Inform the doctor if you are receiving any central nervous system medication. Dose adjustments are to be made based on the clinical condition.


    Corticosteroids like cortisone, dexamethasone, and prednisolone may reduce the effect of Regaine 5% Solution. Inform the doctor if you are receiving any of these medications and report if any symptoms of uncontrolled blood pressure. Dose adjustments are to be made based on the clinical condition.


    These medications are not recommended together due to the risk of lowering the blood pressure. Any symptoms of change in the blood pressure should be informed to the doctor.
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