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  1. Kate
    January 25, 2010

    I have nothing to say about the Rogaine…but do all husbands spend 8 months researching things like battery chargers? It makes me nuts. We can never buy anything without checking consumer reviews, Amazon, etc. Maddening.

  2. Melissa
    January 25, 2010

    no info about hair loss…sorry
    but I can tell you that in my house I am the one who researches everything to death.
    it takes my husband about 5 mins to decide on anything. which is good…except when it’s my turn to make a choice.

  3. Della
    January 26, 2010

    So, we’ve looked into this, but the hubs keeps saying he’s not ready to start paying for something he’ll have to use until death or suffer the consequences.
    Two additional questions:
    1) One of the potential side effects is weight gain. I think this is actually the REAL reason he hasn’t tried it yet. Anecdotal evidence is fine; I think he’s just got himself worked up to believe that it will definitely cause weight gain, and he’s trying to lose weight currently. So.
    I don’t have any, haven’t read the label, etc. It sounds like this is a daily use product.
    (2)[A] How long do you have to go before your hair starts disappearing again – days? weeks? – and [B] is it completely drastic when it does fall out due to missing/stopping the application? Also, [C] say you took the stuff for 5 years, then stopped. Would you lose hair to the point where you were at the beginning of treatment, or the point to which you would have naturally progressed had there been no treatment (ie, if you take it for a long time, then stop, will you be worse than you were when you started, or does it kind of freeze frame your hair loss at the point you start taking it)?
    Sounds like Amy might not know the answers here, so I’d be thrilled for any anecdotes from Viewers Like You.

  4. Elizabeth
    January 26, 2010

    I’ve always read that the only reason women can’t use the men’s formulation is that the FDA didn’t specifically research the formula for use in women. In fact, I’ve read in like, real publications (probably Glamour or some such) that women should skip straight to the men’s full strength version and skip the weaker “women’s” branded product. So I’m curious why you say women should not use the men’s formulation? (Besides the obvs pregnancy reasons, that is)

  5. Jaymee
    January 26, 2010

    My husband has been using this stuff for years. He says that he started losing his hair in high school. He’s been using Rogaine ever since. I don’t know what he started with, but now he uses the foam kind. I had never noticed any staining on clothing or pillow cases until I bought some cheap blue ones for travel(our normal pillow cases are dark brown and expensive). It’s not terrible, just left a slightly darker spot on the pillow case. I’m asuming from the oils in the product. I’m not sure if it’s because the pillow cases are made of cheaper materials or if it’s becasue they aren’t a dark color like the normal ones. My husband has experienced no weight gain that I know of. In fact I’ve never even heard of that being a side effect. My husband does go to the gym every day though, and eats healthy. So even if it is a side effect it most likely wouldn’t do anything to him. The exact results vary depending on the person, use, and hair so the results of discontinuing will also vary. If you stop using the product your not going to wake up the next day and find half your hair in the bed. You will gradually over time loose your hair, some faster than others. Since you are no longer using the product you will loose your hair beyond the point of where you were when you started using the product. Your hair is not going to go back to the starting point and then just stop falling out. If you weren’t loosing any hair, there would be no reason to use Rogain. You have to keep in mind, just like any other product there are possible side effects. Results will vary, and if you dicontinue use you will go back to normal.

  6. Heidi
    January 27, 2010

    I don’t know how helpful this will be–but my father was one of the original researchers on Rogaine, thirty-five or so years ago when it was the high blood pressure medication minoxidil that had caused unexpected hair growth in patients. He was unconcerned enough about side effects that, for years, he’d have odd little patches of hair all over his body from testing the stuff on different types of hair follicles. And he’s in his 70s, great health, so no long-term problems either. He’s coming to visit this weekend; I’ll run some of these questions past him and see if he has any answers.

  7. Jasmine
    January 27, 2010

    More irrelevant commentary from the sidelines here from little old me — my father lost about all his hair in a couple of years before he turned 30. This is in the family and all the men — even sons of the daughters — suffer from this hair loss. If this is the case, I’m not sure if Rogaine may help (sorry argh I hate being the wet blanket).
    A suggestion would be to check the diet and find out more about his scalp condition — is it grease overload? Then it’s probably dihydrotestosterone (DHT) production that’s getting out of hand, killing the bulbs of the hair follicles. Hormones are metabolised by the liver, so it may be a Hormone or Liver problem that’s showing on the head. I don’t want to *problematise* things but you know, he’s 28 …
    So anyway. Um. Yeah. Good luck!

  8. Chris
    January 28, 2010

    I think bald or buzz cut men are sexy. My husband starting losing his hair in high school…he is now 38 and still has some hair but he buzzes it. When I asked him if he wanted to do Rogaine, he said, “No, God gave me this body and I am not going to try to fake it out.” Wow, eh? Just remember that every body reacts differently to treatments like Rogaine, etc.

  9. Elizabeth
    January 30, 2010

    I, a woman, have been using Rogaine for about 5 years (since my early 20s). It did not cause any weight gain (that sounds so weird). I have used both the liquid and the foam. I prefer the liquid. I didn’t enjoy the smell of the foam, particularly at night around my face in bed. Also, the foam starts to “melt” quickly in your hand, so I took to squirting a little all over my head and rubbing into the scalp. I imagine guys might like the foam better b/c they have short hair and can get to the scalp easier, but for longer hair, you kind of need to part the hair and the dropper works better for this.
    Both versions can cause some oily buildup, but I found, agian for long woman hair, that if I blew it dry with a hairdryer, it was mostly ok. Washed my hair every day or every other because you are creating a buildup at the scalp. Again, for a guy to wash his hair every day isn’t such a big deal.
    My dermatologist reccomended going with the men’s version instead of the womens b/c research found that for whatever reason, women’s receptors acted faster/better than men’s using a lower dose, but that a higher dose wouldn’t cause any damage. And at that time, the women’s version was more expensive and scented.
    The only side effect, and one that I was aware could happen, was transferance to the pillowcase (not that I noticed any staining), but it caused more peach fuzz on my face, particularly the side I slept primarily on. It wasn’t a big deal to take care of and tapered off with more use. But again…guys have a fuzzy face so what’s a little more.
    Eventually, after several years when my hair had gotten thicker, I could back off from using it twice a day to once a day (or even 5 times a week) and still maintain hair fullness.

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