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Windows 7: Rogaine

17 Nov 2010   #1

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Rogaine

I ordered several bottles of this stuff, because that while I'm not bald, my hair has thinned considerably over the years, and I suspect that I will be someday. However, after reading the instructions and considering, I have hesitated to start using it.

The reason for this is that it says that it is normal for it to cause some hair to fall out, before new hair new hair replaces them. Since this product is only effective for 85% of users, which leaves 15% for which it isn't, I'm concerned that it may hasten baldness instead. Just how much hair loss should be expected? Any experience here?
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17 Nov 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I've read that this product is a catch 22. If it does work for you, you'll have to take it forever. If you ever stop taking it, you'll loose what hair you did grow soon after.

I'm not sure what long term medical side effects there may be, but are some short term ones.

Rogaine Side Effects | Drugs.com


It's up to you, but it sure doesn't seem like it's worth the cost or risk.
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18 Nov 2010   #3

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

The male baldness thing runs in my dad's side of the family, so I just started buzzing my hair with the 1/8" attachment on the clippers in my mid-20's. Whether it helped or not, I don't know, but I have more hair at my current age than my dad or my uncle did. I'm guessing my mother's side of the family actually made more of a difference than how I cut my hair.

For me, personally, I wouldn't bother with Rogaine, or transplants though.
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18 Nov 2010   #4

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
I've read that this product is a catch 22. If it does work for you, you'll have to take it forever. If you ever stop taking it, you'll loose what hair you did grow soon after.

I'm not sure what long term medical side effects there may be, but are some short term ones.

Rogaine Side Effects - Full Details

It's up to you, but it sure doesn't seem like it's worth the cost or risk.
Thanks, that's an interesting article, but I'm uncertain how much weight to give it, because the author is promoting the sale of his book instead.

I'm not likely to buy the book, because in the page where he touts it, he doesn't give any specific information on his technique. That is a ploy too often used to lure buyers, which have no recourse after paying the price.

Still, while one may experience a variety of problems, it still doesn't specifically address my question. However, chances are that those bottles will remain in the bathroom closet, instead of being used. I haven't reached the point of desperation...yet.
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18 Nov 2010   #5

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noobvious View Post
For me, personally, I wouldn't bother with Rogaine, or transplants though.
I can understand that, because some people have the appearance that they can handle baldness better than others...unfortunately, I'm not one of those.
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18 Nov 2010   #6

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
I've read that this product is a catch 22. If it does work for you, you'll have to take it forever. If you ever stop taking it, you'll loose what hair you did grow soon after.

I'm not sure what long term medical side effects there may be, but are some short term ones.

Rogaine Side Effects - Full Details


It's up to you, but it sure doesn't seem like it's worth the cost or risk.

Brink is correct !


I have had dealings with this product & patients for 20 years now. If you want what little hair it grows, you have to religiously keep applying it forever to just maintain the small benefit of some improved hair growth. It is a non-stop money maker for the company that makes it

I just wear a hat on my head
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18 Nov 2010   #7

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

DocBrown,

Quote:
I just wear a hat on my head
I have always hated hats, which is part of the reason that I hated being in the Army...years ago. However, I did just buy a straw gambler's hat, just in case Rogaine messed me up. Now that I have it, I kind of like it, because it is one of those one size fits all, and the band makes it fit snug and comfortable.
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18 Nov 2010   #8

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Ahh the magical army buzzers of permanent baldness.

My dad remains friends with all of his old army buddies, only one of the many did not turn bald...
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18 Nov 2010   #9

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mckillwashere View Post
Ahh the magical army buzzers of permanent baldness.

My dad remains friends with all of his old army buddies, only one of the many did not turn bald...
Hmm, according to the book promo in Brink's link, the cause of baldness is the growth frontal and parietal bone growth of the skull, which would suggest extra space needed for brain growth. However, I never considered the Army to be mind expanding.
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18 Nov 2010   #10

 
 

At WebMD (a relatively credible site for medical information) there's some very valuable information on all of the different types of men and women's baldness and the multiple treatments that are available: WebMD Health Search. Here's the link to the page on "baldness" - and there's a lot to read!
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