What effects does it have?

What is it?

Medication that temporarily slows hair loss due to baldness and sometimes causes some regrowth.

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

How long does it last?

Minoxidil only works while being regularly applied.

More information

Minoxidil comes as a liquid or foam that is applied to the scalp to slow hair loss. It is used to treat hair loss caused by testosterone.

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

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

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.

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

Costs and funding

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.” [online] Available from: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/25803

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