Hair Loss FAQ's
Minoxidil is a treatment for hair loss that is marketed in Ireland as Regaine and is suitable for use by both men and women. Minoxidil works by shortening the telogen (resting) phase of your hair growth cycle and moving your hairs more quickly into the anagen (active growth) phase.
It’s really important to remember that Regaine foam solution needs to be applied once daily for an average of 16 weeks for you to see results. Regaine also needs to be used continuously to remain effective.
In order to achieve the best results, minoxidil works best when started early-so the sooner you take action when you notice your hair loss, the better your results are likely to be.
WHAT IS MINOXIDIL?
Here at Medipharm we understand that hair loss and thinning hair can hugely impact self esteem and confidence and we are happy to advise which of our hair loss products may be most helpful for you.
Minoxidil is a medicine that is used to treat thinning hair and most often, male pattern baldness. In Ireland, minoxidil is sold under the brand name Regaine which is available to buy without prescription. It is currently the only medication available to buy over the counter for hair loss and is simple to use at home as part of your daily routine.
For some people it’s helpful to understand how hair loss happens. If you are noticing more hair coming out onto your brush or comb or you are becoming conscious of a receding hairline, then it’s time to take action.
The growth cycle of every hair includes a growth phase, a transitional phase and a resting phase. When hair loss is hereditary, it accompanies a drop in levels of hormones in the body. The hair follicle then shrinks and the growth cycle is shortened.
When applied directly to the roots and scalp, Regaine prevents the loss of existing hairs and also actively promotes the growth of new hairs.As with all medicines, pay close attention to the directions on the information leaflet enclosed. Correct and regular daily application will lead to the best results but do manage your expectations-it will take time to see visible results. If you experience any side effects from minoxidil or have any further concerns, always consult your GP.