The Food and Drug Administration on Monday allowed the hair-growth drug Rogaine to be sold without a prescription.
The move makes Rogaine the only medically proven drug to treat baldness to be sold over-the-counter. But don't expect miracles, the FDA warned. Not everybody will benefit from Rogaine, just certain people with the hereditary hair loss known commonly as male pattern baldness.Hair regrowth is gradual and often takes at least four months before results are noticeable, said FDA spokeswoman Ivy Kupec. Ro-gaine helps about 25 percent of men and 20 percent of women see moderate hair growth, and they must continue using Rogaine indefinitely to keep the new hair.
People should try Rogaine only if hair loss runs in their family and isn't a sudden or mysterious type that might come from an endocrine imbalance or disease, the FDA said.
Some 40 million men and 20 million women suffer hair loss, and male pattern balding is the most common form.