hi, i have been using proscar and minoxidil 7% for over 4yrs. while the results have been satisfactory, i have been told that there is no such thing as minoxidol 7%, and i should just use the 5%. I would like to know if i am getting scammed by paying $250 a bottle for 100mls of minoxidil 7%. and should i just go to my pharmacy and buy minoxdil 5% which is so much cheaper? by the way my bottle claims to have retinoic acid 0.01% which is suppose to make a difference. One other thing i was considering having surgery done on the front hairline, as there doesn’t seem to be any other solution. thank you for your insight. i am also 28yrs old male. thank you
I do not know of a minoxidil 7% solution that is commercially sold, but it may be privately labeled. I am more familiar with the standard minoxidil 5% solution. This does not mean the 7% solution does not exist. Moreover, a stronger concentration (such as the 7%) does not necessarily mean you will have more benefit and grow more hair. Higher and higher doses may produce negative side effect such as dizziness, fatigue, and dangerously low blood pressure as your body absorbs more of it into the blood stream. The use of retinoic acid essentially causes irritation to the skin (it is an acid and produces a low burn) which, in theory, is supposed to increase the blood supply to the scalp and hence the absorption of the minoxidil. I am not a proponent of this approach. Producing a burn just does not seem like the right thing to do.