Instead of Hair Transplant, Can You Treat Early Hair Loss with Once a Day Minoxidil?

November 3rd, 2006

Q: I have some early thinning in my crown and the doctor said I am too early for a hair transplant. I don’t want to take Propecia, but using Rogaine twice a day is a big nuisance. Can I use Rogaine once a day?

A: The tissue half-life of minoxidil is 22 hours.

This means that 22 hours after it is applied, about 1/2 of the compound is still bound to the skin and exerting some effect. Because of this, once a day dosing is probably OK.

Please note that this is hypothetical and that there have been no controlled studies to confirm this.

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Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on November 3rd, 2006 at 11:20 am


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