Regaine/Minoxidil users support thread

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MargotMoon Sat 21-Dec-19 14:00:02

I've just started my second month's supply of Regaine 2% and I'm trying to hold my nerve because the shedding over the last couple of weeks has been a bit alarming, although I was expecting it.

I'm using the liquid and applying once a day at bedtime but using double dose, as can't apply morning and evening as it makes my hair so greasy. Have ordered the foam to try next month to see what that's like, but that's a once a day formula anyway.

Please tell me it will get better!

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MargotMoon Sat 21-Dec-19 14:02:06

Current state - stupidly forgot to take a pic before I started. This is taken with very wet hair so looks pretty bad, but I style with side parting and when it's dry it's not as noticeable.

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tobee Sat 21-Dec-19 16:53:40

Oh thanks for doing this op, it's very interesting! I have thin hair (thyroid issues) and am keen to hear about all possible helping treatments. smile

MargotMoon Sat 21-Dec-19 19:10:22

Minoxidil is only for androgenic alopecia as far as I'm aware. Basically hereditary hair loss (my dad, aunts and uncles are all bald!)

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MargotMoon Sat 21-Dec-19 19:14:09

This is what it looks like dry and styled. I thought taking this would make me feel better but it's still looking pretty thin there!

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Sargassoseas Sun 22-Dec-19 10:36:37

Hi Margo my hair was much, much worse than yours when I started using minoxidil. I was in agonies at the hairdressers when my pink scalp was showing through. I knew the decision to start meant it was for life though and I "dreaded the shed". I started in January. I use the 5% foam which I've got used to applying. After 5 months I noticed a difference. At six months I returned to the hairdresser and didn't have that horrifying moment in front of the mirror.
It's now December and I couldn't be happier. I can go out on windy days, swim in the pool and I've got my life back.

BrokenWing Sun 22-Dec-19 11:26:36

Here's mine, it has really thinned over the last year especially at the front. I've been trying 5% foam for 2 months so far. No worse or better, but know it will take at least 6 months to start to see any improvement 🤞

Ds(15) has been using the foam, prescribed, for 7 months and while his hair is still thin we do notice it much less so think it has improved it..


MargotMoon Mon 23-Dec-19 09:00:50

@Sargassoseas Thanks, it's good to hear a success story! So you use the men's formula? Have you noticed any other effects like facial hair? I get enough lip and chin hair at the moment to deal with, not sure I could handle any more! And how long did the shedding phase last? Mine seems to have slowed down these last couple of days

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MargotMoon Mon 23-Dec-19 09:09:14

@BrokenWing Good that it's not got worse! Didn't you get much in the way of shedding then? Shame that your DS has to use it at such a young agesad My DD thankfully seems to have her father's excellent head of hair.

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Sargassoseas Mon 23-Dec-19 12:37:18

Margo no it's the women's foam. I tried to really prepare for it shedding by buying lots of headbands etc. To be honest it would shed all the time anyway and there would be piles of my hair all around the house it was very depressing.
The last straw before I started using the foam was that I cleared out the plug hole and there was so much hair it was like a full thick pony tail.
I was expecting to get little new baby hairs but it didn't work like that, it just seemed to get fuller. No extra facial hair!
Really give it 7 months at least.

SpeedofaSloth Mon 23-Dec-19 12:42:11

I use 5% foam, have done for several years.
I also have highlights (blond through mousy brown/ grey hair) because I find it much more forgiving than the all over brown colours I used before.

MargotMoon Mon 23-Dec-19 15:28:45

Sargasso that's great that it has grown back fuller! I'm keeping everything crossed

Speed I have a highlights appointment booked for Jan grin

Which foam exactly have you all been getting? All the women's ones I have looked at say 2%

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BrokenWing Mon 23-Dec-19 16:48:45

For those the foam has worked for, can I ask what age you are?

I am 51 and Dr says sometimes hair just thins with age and there is little can be done...😕

I am also on medication for high blood pressure which they say isn't related, but I am not too sure as it seems to shed pretty soon after I started that. Trying another medication now too (and hair vitamins!)

SpeedofaSloth Mon 23-Dec-19 17:01:15

44, androgenic alopecia (GP referral to Dermatology, diagnosis from there). It's not miraculous but I have had regrowth and my hair isn't too bad now, really.

SpeedofaSloth Mon 23-Dec-19 17:02:28

I buy any 5% foam. The men's one is often cheaper fhmm and it's the same, only the instructions differ as it's once a day for women, twice a day for men.

MargotMoon Mon 23-Dec-19 17:07:36

Ah I see @SpeedofaSloth so you buy 5% but just use once a day instead of twice? So effectively it's 2.5%. Didn't realise men's is cheaper! Good tip, thanks smile

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SpeedofaSloth Mon 23-Dec-19 17:21:22

TBH my dermatologist told me to go straight to the 5% foam, and that the brand didn't matter. If you buy a package branded for women the instructions will say apply once daily, the one branded for men will say twice daily. It's the same product.

MargotMoon Mon 23-Dec-19 18:12:20

My 2% says twice daily, so assume the dose would be 1% + 1% so I just use twice as much once a day.

Anyway, I've now ordered some 5% for next time and will just use half whatever the dosage says grin

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MargotMoon Fri 10-Jan-20 22:06:40

Argh, the shedding is still really bad and my scalp is so noticeable today!!

How long does this stage last?? It seems to be going on forever and getting worse, not better sad

I know I need to carry on but it just feels like I'm on a hiding to nothing at the moment

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MargotMoon Wed 15-Jan-20 22:49:28

Wednesday woe. Losing so much hair, this lot in the shower this morning when I washed my it.

No idea if anyone is reading this but going to use this as a log of what's going on and hopefully in a few months will look back and be glad I stuck with it! Nearly finished the liquid, will start on the 5% foam soon so must be about 8 weeks in

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Sargassoseas Sun 19-Jan-20 19:26:24

How are you getting on now @MargotMoon? Another week made any difference?
I have to say it took about 5 months to start seeing a difference.
Don't be downhearted- just think that you're doing something about it now.
I'm not sure the women's foam is the same as the men's. I buy the women's and there's warnings all over it for men to not use it so I assumed it was different.
Once you start with the foam don't try to mess with the dose or anything- just follow the instructions and keep going.

MargotMoon Sun 19-Jan-20 21:13:59

Hi @Sargassoseas thanks for asking smile

Well the shedding seems to have slowed down, but only to pre-Minoxidil levels so no improvement as such, and on the days when I wash my hair a lot is still coming out.

I'm nearly out of the 2% liquid so about to start on the foam which is the men's 5% foam but planning to apply only once a day instead of twice.

Haven't noticed any other changes yet but at two months in I didn't expect to - early days, just keeping my fingers crossed 🤞

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MargotMoon Sat 25-Jan-20 13:34:46

On to month 3 and using the 5% foam which doesn't feel like it's going on to my scalp as easily as the liquid. I bought a 3 month supply (for men) so I'm stuck with it for 6 months!

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MargotMoon Wed 26-Feb-20 08:00:09

3 months in and still looking the same...wish I hadn't started taking the kids with wet hair for comparison, it looks so bad!

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MargotMoon Mon 27-Apr-20 11:03:11

Haven't updated for a bit. Think this is about the end of month 6 and can't see any difference whatsoever! I've got 3 months' worth left so may as well keep going until that has been used up.

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