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Minoxidil foam (for men)


Minoxidil is used for regrowing hair in patients who have gradually thinning hair or gradual hair loss on the top of the head.


Minoxidil foam (for men) is a vasodilator. Exactly how minoxidil foam (for men) works to regrow scalp hair is not known. It may dilate blood vessels in the scalp. This may improve hair follicle function and stimulate scalp hair growth.

Do NOT use minoxidil foam (for men) if:

• you are allergic to any ingredient in minoxidil foam (for men)
• you are a woman
• you only have hair loss toward the front of your head (eg, a receding hair line); minoxidil foam (for men) is not used to treat this kind of hair loss
• you have no family history of hair loss or you do not know the reason for your hair loss
• you have sudden or patchy hair loss
• your scalp is red, inflamed, infected, or painful
• you are using other medicines on your scalp

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using minoxidil foam (for men):

Some medical conditions may interact with minoxidil foam (for men). Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

• if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
• if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
• if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
• if you have heart, blood pressure, or blood vessel problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with minoxidil foam (for men). Because little, if any, of minoxidil foam (for men) is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if minoxidil foam (for men) may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use minoxidil foam (for men):

Use minoxidil foam (for men) as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

• Minoxidil foam (for men) comes with an extra patient leaflet. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
• Apply half a capful to the area of hair loss as directed.
• Do NOT apply to red, irritated, or inflamed skin.
• Minoxidil foam (for men) is only for use on the top of the head. Do NOT apply to other parts of the body.
• Wash your hands after using minoxidil foam (for men).
• Use minoxidil foam (for men) on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it. Continue to use minoxidil foam (for men) even when your hair begins to grow. Do not miss any doses.
• If you miss a dose of minoxidil foam (for men), use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use minoxidil foam (for men).

Important safety information:

• Minoxidil foam (for men) may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certainmedicines. Use minoxidil foam (for men) with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
• Minoxidil foam (for men) is for topical use only. Avoid getting minoxidil foam (for men) in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get minoxidil foam (for men) in your eyes, wash them out with cool tap water.
• It may take 2 to 4 months for minoxidil foam (for men) to work. If you do not see hair regrowth after 4 months, check with your doctor.
• If you stop using minoxidil foam (for men) regularly, you may lose the hair that has regrown. Your hair loss may begin again.
• Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use more often than directed without checking with your doctor.
• Minoxidil foam (for men) may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact yourpoison control center or emergency room right away.
• Minoxidil foam (for men) is extremely flammable. Do not get near fire or a flame. Do not smoke while using or right after using minoxidil foam (for men).
• Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines on your scalp.
• Minoxidil foam (for men) should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 18 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
• PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Minoxidil foam (for men) may cause harm to the fetus. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. Minoxidil foam (for men) should not be used by women.