View Full Version : Quiting minox/rogaine right as dread shed starts
I used rogaine foam(5%) for about 10 days, and began to notice hair falling out (previously no shedding that I was aware of). Hair continues to fall out to a great extent - 50 plus in the shower and any time I wipe my hands through my hair. I have been off rogaine now for some time. How long will it take for this shed to stop entirely after I've quit using the product? Once I start the process of "shedding" do I just have to wait it out till it's finished - on or off minoxidil?! Please help!
09-23-2015, 12:07 PM
I've no experience with rogaine as I've not used it, but from what I've read on here, the shed is a sign that is working and it does pass within a few weeks to a few months. Sorry I can't offer any better advice, good luck man
09-23-2015, 12:07 PM
You should've continued the treatment. All you can do is wait it out, what else can you do?
The minoxidil can cause premature ejection of telogen phase hair so maybe ~10% of your hair could fall out, probably less.
How long have you been off the minoxidil?
I have been off for 5 weeks. It's lessened from the 100 or so per shower, but it's still dramatically noticeable. Some people have stated it could last 100 days?!?
There is no way I can mentally go another 50 or so days with my hair falling out like this. Has anyone else had this experience before?!?
09-23-2015, 01:30 PM
I don't use minoxidil but I've had the finasteride shed that lasted 2-3 months and at the peak I was shedding >300 hair/day, best thing you can do is not think about it (stop counting it), it will stop and you will only lose a small percentage that will regrow anyway, stronger if you kept on the treatment.
A shed hair is not a hair that is lost it's just making room a for a new one to grow, it just hair going through its cycles.
Note that if your hair is miniaturizing the hairs have a shorter life-cycle and so drop out with a greater frequency giving rise to the shedding that is observed with MPB.
It's normal to lose 50-150 hairs/day anyway, most people don't notice it until they get paranoid about losing it.
10-12-2015, 05:35 AM
I used Minoxidil, at first I was told by a well known Hair company it would increase shedding, and it did..... but was also told because I was not bald (I had a bald patch) and that I still had hair follicles, I would see full covering, not thick, but full coverage and did I see better results, no, anyway I continued for quite a while with no results based on what I was told 16 months. Anyway, I stopped in July 2015 which is 3 months ago and the shedding is decreasing.... My advice, I don't know if anything works so make the best of what you have. What other option do we have. basically it didn't work for me...
10-30-2015, 04:43 PM
I've been on Rogaine for 11 months I've been through 2 sheddings after the sixth month I had a second shedding I was depressed but I stook with it check my profile pic you judge