The recommended dose is one-half capful of foam (equivalent to 1 gram) applied twice daily directly to the scalp (not the hair), starting in the center of the affected area. The maximum daily dose is one capful of foam (equivalent to 2 grams).
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
The foam should be gently massaged into the affected areas of the scalp. The foam may begin to melt on contact with warm skin. If your fingers are warm, rinse them in cold water and then thoroughly dry them before using the foam. Do not dry the foam with a hair dryer.
It is important that the foam stay in contact with the scalp for at least 4 hours after application. During this time, avoid activities such as swimming, showering, or physical activity that may cause excessive perspiration. You may use hair sprays, mousses, gels and other styling aids, however, you should apply the minoxidil foam first and allow it to dry before applying any other hair products. If you are planning on being in the sun, wear a hat or other head covering. Do not use sunscreen on the scalp.
If you are washing your hair before applying the medication, use a mild shampoo. To avoid eye irritation, wash your hands well after applying this medication to the scalp. Do not apply this medication to any area of the body other than the scalp.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication in an upright position, at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children. The container is extremely flammable and should not be exposed to open flames or heat. Do not place this medication on polished or painted surfaces or use it near them.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.