What are the Side Effects of Rogaine?
It is one of the only FDA approved hair loss treatments available and has been used successfully by those suffering from thinning hair for decades.
But like all medications and treatments, Rogaine does have side effects. These side effects are incredibly minor and are only experienced in rare circumstances.
Nevertheless, in this article we are going to break down the side effects of Rogaine and whether or not they are cause for concern.
Warning: If you are experiencing any of the below side effects you should consult with your doctor.
Rogaine Side Effects
The following is a list of some of the more severe Rogaine Side Effects:
- A painful scalp irritation
- Extreme facial hair growth and thickness
- Hairs growing from your ears, neck or cheeks
- Swelling of the hands and feet
- A dizzy light headed feeling
- Feeling faint (Like you may pass out)
The above side effects are generally caused by a misuse of the product. For instance hair growth from the face, ears and neck are usually due to a spillage or leakage of the product onto these areas on application. If this is the case, make sure that when applying Rogaine that none of the product reaches any of these regions.
Another cause of the above side effects is an overdose of the drug. Less is more when it comes to Rogaine. If you are experiencing a dizzy and faint feeling or swelling of the extremities, it is important to see a healthcare professional immediately.
When to Call a Doctor
If you are experiencing some of the more serious side effects of Rogaine, it is important to talk to your doctor about whether it is safe for you to continue treatment.
Seek emergency medical attention if you believe you are suffering from an allergic reaction to the drug. Signs of an allergy include hives, rash, swelling and difficulty breathing.
Precautions when Using Rogaine
Sensitivity to Sunlight
A common Rogaine side effect is the sensitivity of the scalp to sunlight when applying the treatment for the first few weeks. Some men and women also report that their whole body become sensitive to the sun and that they burn more quickly (even though Rogaine is only applied to the scalp).
The reason for this is that Rogaine is absorbed into the pores of your scalp and into your bloodstream (and can affect more than just your head).
If you experience this side effect, know that it is temporary. In the mean time use more sunscreen and protect your head from direct sunlight with a hat.
A Dry and Flaky Scalp
Another common Rogaine side effect is a dry and itchy scalp – usually with a scale-like texture. This is no cause for concern and is easily remedied. The dryness is due to the alcohol in the solution.
If you are experiencing a burning, itchy or dry scalp, you need to use a treatment that moisturizes the scalp.
Standard treatments are Argan oil or a hair loss shampoo. Lipogaine Big 3 Shampoo has emu oil that is amazing for moisturizing and protecting the scalp.
Change in Color or Texture of the Hair
A very slight change in hair color and texture is not an uncommon side effect experienced by those medicating with Rogaine.
This is due to the drugs ability to ‘thicken’ hair that has been thinning. The effects are not permanent and will stop if you stop taking Rogaine.
If you experience this side effect, you need to decide if it is something you can live with, or seek an alternative treatment to treat your hair loss.
Side effects when taking Rogaine are a very rare occurrence. The benefits of the drug far outweigh the possible side effects.
If you experience any of the above side effects, it is important to contact your doctor. Your doctor will help you understand whether Rogaine is right for you or recommend another treatment for you to consider trying.