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What is minoxidil?

A liquid or foam applied to the scalp to temporarily slow hair loss which sometimes causes some regrowth.

It's also known as Rogaine, Regaine, or Loniten.

What does minoxidil do?

Who can have minoxidil?

  • You usually need to be at least 18

How long does minoxidil last?

Minoxidil only works while being regularly applied.

What should I be aware of?

Minoxidil is not suitable for people who are sunburned or who have psoriasis or hypertension, as well as people taking certain medications. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist about whether Minoxidil is suitable for you 1.

Minoxidil may take several months to start taking effect, and there may be an initial loss of hair in the first few weeks.

Are there other options?

A commonly used alternative to minoxidil is finasteride. Unlike minoxidil, finasteride is only available on prescription.

Where can I learn more?

You can read more about hair loss treatments at the NHS website.

How much will it cost?

The cost of Minoxidil is around £10-20 per month, with cost varying depending on the quantity bought at a time. You can buy it from a pharmacy or high-street chemist.

Minoxidil is not normally funded by the NHS.


  1. 1.
    Electronic Medicines Compendium (2016) “Boots Hair Loss Treatment Regular Strength.” Link

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