Minoxidil 5% is a topical treatment that is Health Canada approved for hair regrowth. It improves blood supply to the hair follicles, making it an effective treatment, either alone or in combination with finasteride.

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  • * This page has been medically reviewed by Naeem Kasmani, R. Ph.

Minoxidil Foam vs. Minoxidil Solution

Both have the same active ingredient and choice is a matter of personal preference

Compounded Minoxidil Gel

Minoxidil gel in jar
  • Premium gel with effective medication delivery into the skin
  • Easy clean-up and hypoallergenic

Minoxidil Foam

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  • Better for straighter hair with more open areas of scalp
  • Less messy during use
  • Does not contain propylene glycol, for those men allergic or sensitive to it

Minoxidil Compounded Solution

  • Faster and more precise application using the dropper
  • If there is thicker, longer, or wavier hair near the application area, the solution has easier access to the scalp when applied

Minoxidil vs. Rogaine®

Both minoxidil and Rogaine® have the same active ingredient (minoxidil), which is the substance that makes the medication work.

We highly recommend using generic minoxidil to get the same hair-growing action at a fraction of the brand name price.

Is it true that Minoxidil can cause hair loss?

A well-known side effect of minoxidil is temporary hair loss. Don’t worry, this is completely normal. Not everyone will experience this. Minoxidil speeds up the resting phase of hair growth, causing increased hair shedding.

However, minoxidil also extends the growth phase of your hair, so that new hair will soon replace the hair that may be shed.

Source: Healthline

What are the side effects of topical Minoxidil?

Topical minoxidil is generally well tolerated. Sometimes, scalp irritation, itching and flaking have been reported but this is normally very temporary.

It is important to apply minoxidil only to the scalp so that it does not cause growth of unwanted hair outside the scalp area.