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Minoxidil Foam Use

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thincity

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Hi everyone, I hope everyone's New Year is off to a good start! I thought I'd post something about the use (or in my current case) lack of Minoxidil Foam. I have (had) been using foam since my last transplant (repair) at SMG in February of 2012. I also use 5MG Proscar daily and used the foam nightly. About six months ago, I stopped using it regularly to the point of just not using it. You guessed it, one month ago I started a massive shed, not only native hair but some of the transplanted hair in the vertex area as well. I restarted nightly two weeks ago and am hoping for the best. I had often read posts about this issue, but I do believe that it does work and stopping it is a mistake. I will add it never grew thick terminal hair, but what's mainly dropped are very thin, but colored hair, more than vellus though.
I was planning on having my last transplant in the coming year, but I feel now I should wait and see how well, if at all I recover. While I doubt it will do anything on slick bald, it really seems to increase the hair count especially in those that have miniaturized.
 
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Hi Thincity. Good to hear from you, although not the best of circumstances with the shedding due to stopping the foam. Hopefully, it will recover back to where you were 6 months ago. Keep us updated on how it goes.
Best of luck with it.
 
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Thanks Bigmac, I will follow up in six months or so. I'm upset with myself for stopping as it was mostly laziness on my part. Over the years, I'd read about people who stopped Minoxidil or finasteride and shedding and losing gains, so I knew it was possible.
 
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Some says Minoxidil has too many side effects. Some says no it aint any. I am a bit confused. Anyone experienced them?
 
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It is easy to get lazy after years of use, you simply take things for granted that you’ll be ok. I sometimes forget to take my finasteride for a week or so.

I’m sure you will gain back, stay positive.
 
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Some says Minoxidil has too many side effects. Some says no it aint any. I am a bit confused. Anyone experienced them?
Hi Wishmeluck, I apologize for the late reply. I first tried regular Rogaine, and it caused a blistering rash on my scalp, so I stopped. When Rogaine Foam was released, I started it and had no issues with a rash or any other symptoms. The only side effect I got from Rogaine Foam, was growth of vellus hair(s) in the area between my temple points and my eyebrows. Until my recent stoppage of the product, I had anywhere from 5 to 10 hairs on either side, which had to be plucked out. The label on Rogaine Foam tells you to discontinue use if you experience facial hair growth. In addition to the shed I experienced after stopping Rogaine Foam, these hairs all but disappeared. Truthfully the only way you will know if you have any side effects, is to try the product. Good luck in whichever course you take!
 
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I use Kirkland foam which i think is similar but cheaper. Not had any notable side affects here either Wishmeluck. I hope your lost hairs grow back Thincity.
 
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Thanks Sceptic, I have a few cans of Rogaine brand foam left, but will be switching to Members Mark (Sam's Club Brand) as soon as they are gone. The price is considerably cheaper.
 
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Just a quick update. It's been a little over three months since I restarted Rogaine Foam. The only really regrowth I've noticed, is the fine vellus hairs between the temple points and eyebrows are coming back. I have less hairs in my hairbrush daily now, so something may be happening. I added Nizoral 1% shampoo twice a week as well. I'm going to watch for three more months and then decide about scheduling a FUE transplant.
 
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Hi Thincity is the Nizoral 1% an over the counter product? In the UK Nizoral 2% is common but i haven't actually seen the 1% version here.
 
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Hi Badger, Yes the 1% is over the counter. I ordered it from Amazon. I believe the 2% requires a prescription. I used it many years ago, and I really never saw any benefit from it. Since we really have very few options, I thought I'd give it another go.
 
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Hey Thincity hope alls good dude.
I use Nizoral still myself and I'm similar to you if I'm honest as I'm not to sure it does much but still use it. I only use it now and again though these days as I use the regenepure in between and it helps keep the flakyness at bay.

Nice to hear from you dude