What is the role of minoxidil in the treatment of alopecia areata?

Updated: Aug 06, 2020
  • Author: Chantal Bolduc, MD, FRCPC; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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  • Minoxidil may be effective for patchy alopecia areata, but is of little benefit in alopecia totalis or alopecia universalis

  • The 5% solution appears to be more effective

  • No more than 25 drops are applied twice per day regardless of the extent of the affected area

  • Initial regrowth can be seen within 12 weeks, but continued application is needed to achieve cosmetically acceptable regrowth

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