What is it?
Originally an oral medicine against high blood pressure, minoxidil is one of the most popular treatments for hair loss. Minoxidil comes as foam or a liquid usually, but is also in pill form. Scientists aren’t really sure how it works!
What kinds of minoxidil are there?
It comes in 2%, 5%, 12.5% or 15% solutions. Right now, you can buy the minoxidil 2% and 5% over the counter. In the US and UK, in order to buy the 12.5% and 15% minoxidil you need a prescription. There’s also the minoxidil with Azelaic Acid formula. Availability and minoxidil names vary depending on your location. Other common names are: Rogaine, Regaine, Avacor, Loniten (Orally), and Mintop. There’s also minoxidil with Medroxyprogesterone (MPG). If you want, you can buy the azeliac acid separately (it’s a cream).