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Tugain 5% Gel

Manufactured byCipla Ltd.
Description
Tugain 5% Gel is used to regrow hair on your scalp. It promotes hair growth in people suffering from hair loss. Tugain 5% Gel enhances hair growth by increasing the blood flow in your scalp region by widening the blood vessels. It is very effective in individuals aged below 40 years and whose hair loss is recent. Apply 1 ml of Tugain 5% Gel 2 times a day to the affected scalp. Before applying it, make sure your scalp is clean and dry. It may take 2-4 months before you observe any hair growth. Initially, the hair growth may be soft, colourless, and hardly noticeable. Excessive use will not fasten the hair growth and may raise the chance of its side effects. Tugain 5% Gel will not cause permanent regrowth of scalp hair. You must have to use it regularly to maintain hair growth. Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve or worsens after 4 to 6 months of use. Do not use it for individuals under the age of 18 or above the age of 65 without a doctor's advice. It may not be suitable if your hair loss is caused by medicines (such as chemotherapy) or a nutritional deficiency. Tugain 5% Gel may rarely cause some side effects like itching and skin irritation in the treated region of the scalp. Any accidental application on other body parts can cause undesired hair growth. If any contact with this solution happens with your eyes, mouth, rinse it properly with plenty of water. Use Tugain 5% Gel with caution if you have high blood pressure or currently using other creams or lotions to treat scalp problems.

Substitutes

List of substitutes for Tugain 5% Gel

Manexil 5% Gel
Dabur India Ltd.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Tugain 5% Gel

  • Scalp irritation
  • Burning, itching, or prickling of the scalp
  • Dizziness
  • Redness of the scalp
  • Swelling of feet or lower legs
  • Eye irritation
  • Increased hair growth on face, arms and back
  • Headache

Uses of Tugain 5% Gel

What is it prescribed for?

  • Alopecia
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • How long does it take for this medicine to take effect?
    Tugain 5% Gel will start to show its effects in 4 months of use. You may notice new hair growth and continue to use it for better results.
  • How long do the effects of this medicine last?
    The time for which Tugain 5% Gel remains active in the body is not clear.
  • Is it safe to consume alcohol while taking this medicine?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is this a habit forming medicine?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported for Tugain 5% Gel.
  • Can this medicine be taken during pregnancy?
    Tugain 5% Gel is usually not recommended for use during pregnancy as there is not sufficient data available to see if the medicine can affect your growing baby. Consult your doctor before using this medicine.
  • Can this medicine be taken while breast-feeding?
    Tugain 5% Gel is usually not recommended for use in breastfeeding women as it is unknown whether this medicine passes onto breast milk. If you are a breastfeeding mother, consult your doctor before using this medicine.

Allergy

Tugain 5% Gel is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to Minoxidil. If you develop any allergic reaction symptoms like hives, rash, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or neck, consult your doctor.

Scalp psoriasis

Scalp psoriasis is a scalp skin disorder that makes red, itchy and scaly patches on the entire scalp. Tugain 5% Gel is not recommended for use in patients with scalp psoriasis as it can cause skin irritation and burning sensation when used on such affected areas.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

Tugain 5% Gel is usually not recommended for use during pregnancy as there is not sufficient data available to see if the medicine can affect your growing baby. Consult your doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

Tugain 5% Gel is usually not recommended for use in breastfeeding women as it is unknown whether this medicine passes onto breast milk. If you are a breastfeeding mother, consult your doctor before using this medicine.
General warnings

Unwanted hair growth

Tugain 5% Gel may cause unwanted growth of hair on your face, arms and back. Make sure that Tugain 5% Gel does not leak down onto your face while using it.

Temporary shedding of hair

Tugain 5% Gel may cause temporary shedding of hair at the beginning of the treatment (2 to 6 weeks of use). This shedding is due to the growth of new hair at the place of old hair and subsides in a couple of weeks. The treatment should be discontinued if the shedding persists for more than 2 weeks.

Use on a shaved scalp

Avoid using Tugain 5% Gel on a shaved scalp as it may not help in faster hair growth post-shaving.

Self medication

Do not self-medicate Tugain 5% Gel. It is available over the counter in pharmacies. Before using this medicine, it is recommended to consult a dermatologist to rule out the actual cause of hair fall.

Topical use

Tugain 5% Gel is only meant to use topically on the scalp. Do not swallow the medicine. Avoid contact with eyes, mouth, nose or any other parts of the body.

Beard growth

Do not use Tugain 5% Gel for beard growth. It is effective only for hair growth on the scalp.

Missed Dose

Apply the missed dose of Tugain 5% Gel as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not use extra solutions to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Tugain 5% Gel is unlikely to cause an overdose if all usage directions are followed. If you accidentally swallow this medicine, contact your doctor immediately for further instructions.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Guanethidine

Alfuzosin

Isosorbide Dinitrate

Sapropterin

Mecamylamine

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Apply Tugain 5% Gel as instructed by your doctor. It is not necessary to shampoo your hair every day before using this solution. Before applying Tugain 5% Gel make sure your hair and scalp are totally dry. Apply it at the same time every day for 3 to 4 months to see hair growth. You should not shampoo your hair for 4 hours after using Tugain 5% Gel or use a hairdryer to dry your hair. Let your hair dry naturally after 2 to 4 hours of its application. If your hair or scalp is not completely dry after using the medication, it may stain your clothes, caps, or bed sheets.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
Tugain 5% Gel increases the blood flow in your scalp region by widening the blood vessels. It helps to transport enough oxygen, blood, and nutrients to hair follicles. This reduces hair cell death and promotes new hair growth.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Dermatological agents, Topical agents

Schedule

Schedule H

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