What is Minoxidil and Does it Really Work?

Wondering what minoxidil is and whether it really works?


Minoxidil hair regrowth formula was first developed as an antihypertensive vasodilator medication for treating high blood pressure.

But something funny happened on the way to the colosseum. Patients began to develop a strange side effect: unexpected hair growth! In certain cases, the drug was causing a slight uptick in hair growth and/or a darkening of body hairs, while a small number of patients experienced significant hair growth.

Minoxidil is most widely known in the United States as Rogaine, however it is also marketed as Amexidil, Avacor Physicians Formulation, Avogain, Keranique, Kirkland Signature (Costco’s private label), Lipogaine, Loniten (oral), Mintop, Neocapil, Obabo, Regaine, Rogaine, Tugain, Up & Up (Target’s private label), and Vanarex.

Generally speaking, it is better suited for maintaining and supporting the currently existing hair follicles. The active ingredient stimulates hair follicles and growth, but does not stop the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the primary contributing factor in male pattern baldness. So when the user has discontinued usage and follicle stimulation has ceased, hair loss typically returns to a normal rate within one to two months.

Minoxidil side effects can include redness, stinging, or burning at the site of application. There are other serious but HIGHLY unlikely side effects including dizziness, accelerated heartbeat, irregular heartbeat, fainting, chest pain, unwanted facial/body hair, swelling of extremities, weight gain, fatigue, and difficulty breathing.