Anyone tried Rogaine?

  • hikerC

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    Jan 18, 2012 8:45 PM GMT
    Hey Guys! After seeing myself in loads of pics and high definition movies from the holidays, I've decided I want to do something about my thinning hair. My brothers BOTH have hair so thick that the barber has to thin it out with those thinning scissors! Ugh! I bought a bottle of Rogaine and I'm giving it a try. Its a little pricy, but if it works I don't care what it costs.

    Anyone tried it? Does it work? Am I wasting my money?

    Thanks RJ'ers! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 19, 2012 12:14 AM GMT
    Hate to admit it but i just bought a bottle.
    It may be a waste of money because you have to keep using it forever! If you stop, the hair growth stops too.
    Ask your doc about Propecia, that might help. Or if its really bad, theres Bosley hair surgery. Ugh....
    I just keep getting crew cuts. icon_confused.gif
  • BuddhaLing

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    Jan 19, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    HikerC: I understand that the Propecia offers some promising results. Also, the advanced formula Rogaine is really suppossed to work. I would consult a hair specialist to have an analysis conducted on your scalp and the condition of the sebaceous glands where the hair follicles grow. I hope this helps. Chuck
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    Jan 19, 2012 1:50 AM GMT
    I tried it long ago when it was still prescription only and my hairline was just receding. Turned out to be allergic and had to quit using it. Apparently it's not that great at all for receding hairlines, more for bald domes..
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    Jan 19, 2012 2:47 AM GMT
    I am just finishing up trying the foam canisters (3). I think there is a slight change (the pics are at different stages of my hair cut period). But I'm not convinced it's worth the upkeep.
    Before (with longer hair when photo was taken):Hairpre.jpg

    After 3 Rogaine foam canisters (1st week after a haircut):hairpost.jpg
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    Jan 19, 2012 3:00 AM GMT
    hikerC saidHey Guys! After seeing myself in loads of pics and high definition movies from the holidays, I've decided I want to do something about my thinning hair. My brothers BOTH have hair so thick that the barber has to thin it out with those thinning scissors! Ugh! I bought a bottle of Rogaine and I'm giving it a try. Its a little pricy, but if it works I don't care what it costs.

    Anyone tried it? Does it work? Am I wasting my money?

    Thanks RJ'ers! icon_biggrin.gif


    The best combo is Rogaine twice a day (get it at CostCo) and Propecia. I have way more hair now than I did 10 years ago
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    Jan 19, 2012 5:14 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said.

    Also, Propecia may cause erectile dysfunction and in rare cases it can cause gynecomastia in men (glandular tissue under the nipples).


    The ED is a pretty common side effect, and some report that it doesn't resolve after stopping the Propecia. I wouldn't risk it.
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    Jan 19, 2012 5:36 PM GMT
    I know you don't want to hear this but you look awesome the way you are. I think your hair is very sexy. I've always found balding men, with handsome faces extra sexy. I do know where you're coming from. I started balding in my 20's, which was devastating, with many years of issues over it. I STILL have days where it makes me feel inadequate, unattractive and insecure but usually I don't give a shit. I always felt that I was the one exception to my sexy-bald rule and that my life would be much more meaningful and I could be, remotely, handsome if I had hair....I'm sure you're thinking the same thing.
    Just my 2 cents handsome!
  • laxdude25

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    Jan 19, 2012 5:54 PM GMT
    I've used generic "rograine" for about 15 years now. does it work? well, my oldest brother is smooth bald, and my older brother is pretty thinned out, while my hair seems to be hanging on pretty well, although I haven't grown a lot of new hair. So I figure at the generic price $15/ for 3 months supply of 5% solution, it's worthwhile. I wouldn't take propencia because of the ED side effects, but up to you.
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    Jan 19, 2012 6:14 PM GMT
    I get generic Rogaine at Sam's Club. It's about twenty bucks or so for a three month supply - maybe even four or five months. Anyhow, it made a difference for me and it's cheap so I keep using it.
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    Jan 19, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
    I've used Rogaine or the generic from K-Mart for years ever since I noticed the bald spot in the center of my dome. It works fine for me. The bold spot has filled in some and it definitely hasn't got bigger. I wouldn't expect miracles, but I think it definitely helps.
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    Jan 19, 2012 10:09 PM GMT
    My ex tried it to no avail. It works on some guys and not on others. The percentage for whom there is significant improvement is not the majority. Additionally, if you are one of the people it will work on, the sooner you start to use it the better. If there's very little hair left, it won't really work.

    Try it for 3 months, if you don't notice an obvious difference (and get a second opinion) then quit using it. Otherwise, you'll just end up with a lot of permanently stained head rests on furniture and pillows.
  • patmos9990

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    Jan 19, 2012 10:49 PM GMT
    After a year of using it, I took ownership of the hair loss and just shaved it all. Got alot more compliments and feel better about not having to worry about balding spots.
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    Jan 19, 2012 10:53 PM GMT
    My ex used it, it helped him. But results can vary widely.

    Worth a shot, if your hair loss is bothering you (and pretty clear that it is). There are enough irritants in life that distract from the truly important things, so get this out of the way. icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 20, 2012 7:26 PM GMT
    See if a doctor will prescribe Avodart. Although it's official use is for enlarged prostate, it is supposed to work well for male pattern baldness.
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    Jan 20, 2012 7:30 PM GMT
    Been using it for about 5 years at the suggestion of my dermatologist. It seems to work, but you have to keep using it. It also works best on a particular pattern of hair loss which is when it's going on the top but not the front. I'm lucky in that I have that.

    Heard the same thing about side effects of Propecia. I'll stick with the generic version of minoxidyl that I get at Walgreens.