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Minoxidil

Commonly known as Rogaine (brand name), Minoxidil is a topical application that enhances hair growth. Less effective in Male Pattern Baldness than 'Bald patches', Minoxidil is the most commonly used topical hair growth compound.

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Usage of minoxidil as a topical formulation in the concentration range of 2-5%, with 5% being slightly better than 2% at promoting hair growth. Although oral supplementation technically aids hair growth, it is not advised due to possible complications with blood pressure.

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Human Effect Matrix

The Human Effect Matrix looks at human studies (it excludes animal and in vitro studies) to tell you what effects minoxidil has on your body, and how strong these effects are.
Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
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Outcome Magnitude of effect
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Consistency of research results
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Notes
grade-b Notable Very High See all 8 studies
Topical application of Minoxidil (oral administration as well, but that is associated with more side-effects) appears to be highly effective in increasing the rate of hair regrowth and can reverse hair loss associated with non-androgenic hair loss (bald patch, rather than a receding hair line which is related to androgens)

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Rogaine

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