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‘Why is There an Age Limit of 65 Years for Use of Minoxidil?’

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Regaine-FoamName: Robert

Question: Why is there an age limit of 65 years for use of minoxidil?

Answer: Hi, Robert. It is the manufacturers of Regaine that can give the real answer as to why they put an age limit on their minoxidil product. However, we can guess that perhaps the manufacturers of Regaine put this as a safety net since it is an over-the-counter medication.

A lot of possible users over the age of 65 may have some form of disease or heart problems that may make them unsuitable for minoxidil, and unless they see a hair loss specialist or doctor to discuss their suitability for the medication, mitigating health issues may not be picked up on. This age limit simply means that you need a doctor‘s prescription before you can use Regaine.

From my experience issuing hair loss treatments for men (and women) over 65 at Belgravia, I can say that the range of high strength minoxidil products we offer at Belgravia generally work for suitable patients over 65, it simply depends on the severity of their hair loss.

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23rd January, 2016 at 5:10 pm

frank unwin

Can I use regain foam.... I'm 60 this August. .thank you

26th January, 2016 at 11:40 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Frank, One of Belgravia's hair loss specialists has answered your query in full here. We hope this helps and Happy Birthday for August!

9th June, 2016 at 7:20 pm

Linda Anderson

Hi I have loss due to chemotherapy will regrain be of any use to me thank you linda

14th June, 2016 at 11:12 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Linda, first you will need to check with your oncologist - please see this advice provided by one of our senior hair loss specialists.

17th October, 2017 at 11:30 am

Pat Hill

I had breast cancer and had radiotherapy and Letrozole for 12 months I am now on no tablets other than lansoprozole for controlled blood pressure I am 74 and have been left with thinning hair can I use Refaine foam to help

20th October, 2017 at 9:57 am


Unfortunately women are only permitted to use Regain Foam until the age of 65. For you the same applies for Belgravia's minoxidil (18-70 y/o). A hair growth supplement like Hair Vitalics might be a better idea for you.

5th February, 2018 at 4:34 pm


Soon 67 wh. healthy male, thicker than average hair until recent years now receding temples & very small crown thinning; started liquid minox. week+ ago; hair naturally 50/50 white black; will minox. induced thicker hair also be 50/50 in color? Prefer not to color hair. Thanks in advance! Have 1 yr supply liquid, any reason to switch to other form after year...?

6th February, 2018 at 5:14 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi JayG, as you are not a Belgravia client we would advise you to ask these questions of your treatment provider given we do not know what type of minoxidil products you are using. As a general rule minoxidil should not have any effect on the colour of the hair. If the hair was thin and becomes noticeably thinner it may appear darker overall, but certainly the hair loss treatments we use at Belgravia do not colour the hair and we are unaware of any other minoxidil treatments which do. With regards changing form after one year, it's best to see how you get on with your current treatment before deciding whether or not to switch. If you don't feel your current treatment is working after 6 months, it would certainly be worthwhile investigating other options as the upper age limit cut-off for different male hair loss treatment options ranges from between around 65 and 70 years of age.

8th February, 2018 at 10:39 am

Jason mulcare

Hi , I am enquiringly about this product for my mother in law' she is 71 years of age with no underlying medical conditions, is the product safe and will it work ? Many thanks in advance Jason

8th February, 2018 at 2:54 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Jason, unfortunately the upper age limit cut off for hair loss treatment at Belgravia is 70 years of age.

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