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Have androgenetic alopecia. Prescribed Mintop. How much percent of mintop foam should I take?

hii, i am suffering from androgenetic alopecia which have been told by dermatologist . she gave me in the starting to apply mintop lotion 2% for a month which i have applied it for a month then she said to move on mintop 5% which also i have applied for a month. but what i want to ask when i applied mintop forte 5% my scalp gets dry. and because of dryness when a never i comb to my hair dry or dead cells from my head comes out. which i told to my doctor then she told to apply me mintop foam. so what i wanted to ask is which mintop foam i mean how much percent of mintop foam should i take 2% or 5% percent ? and also i wanted to know i have to apply mintop forte 5% also on the same day after applying mintop foam after a certain interval ? plss reply fast..
Asked On : Mon, 10 Dec 2012
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The standard prescription for androgenetic alopecia is minoxidil 2% for females and minoxidil 5% for males. In females there is no added benefit of switching over to minoxidil 5% if not having much response with minoxidil 2%. Minoxidil is no wonder drug, one month is a very short period to notice its response. It should atleast be applied for 3 to 4 months as 1 ml twice in a day. In males low dose minoxidil 2 % isn't usually prescribed. As your doctor started with mintop 2 %, I presume you are a female client. Whatever redness, dryness of scalp you had with minoxidil 5% was basically due to irritant reaction of 5% minoxidil solution. Minoxidil foams as such are less sticky and less irritant in nature. so when your doctor suggested minoxidil foam, she must have meant minoxidil 5 % foam. When you are using foam, you do not have to use mintop forte lotion at all. whatever facts i have mentioned are basically the standard protocols followed in dermatology practice. However recent updates keep on coming over our subject there is a study which says minoxidil 5% foam once in a day application is better than minoxidil 2% solution twice in a day application for females(A randomized, single-blind trial of 5% minoxidil foam once daily versus 2% minoxidil solution twice daily in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia in women, published in JAAD 2011). So it is your doctor's discretion which treatment she basically wants to prescribe. Take care
Answered: Thu, 13 Dec 2012
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