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Updated October 04, 2010

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Rogaine, or minoxidil, is a medication typically used to treat high blood pressure. When applied to the scalp as a cream, it stimulates hair growth. Using Rogaine for PCOS-related hair loss can be effective for some women.

Use:

Follow the directions on the packaging, but application twice a day is common. Rogaine is available over-the-counter in the United States as a 2% or 5% solution. You may need a prescription outside of the country. Keep in mind that over-applying the solution will not cause your hair to grow more quickly, and can even cause serious complications.

Side Effects:

You should tell your doctor if you experience chest pain, palpitations, dizziness, difficulty breathing, fainting or fatigue, joint pain, sudden and rapid weight gain, and skin symptoms like rash, itching or peeling.

Drug Interactions:

While you should always notify your physician of all medications or herbal supplements that you are taking, medications for high blood pressure and chest pain are significantly more likely to interact with Rogaine.
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