Tugain® Gel is manufactured by Cipla.
Tugain® Gel is an FDA-approved anti-hair-loss medication intended for external use only. The gel can be used only for androgenetic alopecia (AGA) caused by hormonal and hereditary etiologies.
Male-pattern hair loss (MPHL) typically begins with gradual hair loss or thinning that often appears at the temples and crown of the head. In some cases, it may be partial or complete baldness. MPHL relates to the androgen, called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It acts on the hair follicles and causes them to become smaller.
Women with female-pattern hair loss (FPHL) usually experience diffuse hair thinning on all areas of the scalp, but the hairline does not recede. FPHL is typically caused by either aging, genetics or hyperandrogenism.
Minoxidil is an active ingredient contained of Tugain® Gel. It’s a trichogenic agent, that is effective at halting hair loss in both men and women and may produce hair growth in some patients.
Minoxidil is a vasodilator that dilates blood vessels and opens potassium channels, thus, allows more oxygen, blood, and nutrients to the follicles. This shortens the follicle resting phase (telogen), which is followed then by a new anagen phase (active phase of growth).
Tugain® Gel must be used continuously to maintain effects on hair growth.
Minoxidil is also used as a systemic antihypertensive, but it does not cause hypotension when used as a topical treatment for hair loss.
Hair loss may increase during the first 2 weeks of Tugain® Gel use. This is temporary and expected, and is a sign that old hairs are being shed as new ones start to grow.
Remember, that Tugain® Gel is less effective when there is a large area of hair loss. Its effectiveness is more noticeable in younger men who have experienced hair loss for less than 5 years.
Tugain® Gel is for topical use only.
Avoid getting gel in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get Tugain® Gel in your eyes, wash them out with cool tap water.
Do not use on scalp that is irritated or sunburned.
How to use:
1. Wash your scalp with a mild shampoo. Your hair and scalp must be dry before applying Tugain® Gel. Tugain® Gel should not be mixed with any hair oil.
2. Remove the cap, press pump down to release gel onto your palm.
3. Apply the gel onto your fingertips and massage it gently on the areas of the scalp, where the hair is thin.
4. Allow Tugain® Gel to remain on the scalp for about 4 hours before washing. The night-time application should be done 2-4 hours before going to bed to allow the gel to dry out.
5. Hands should be washed immediately after applying.
Temporary hair loss may continue and increase for up to 2 weeks after you start using minoxidil gel.
The clinical trials show, that twice-daily applications for 4 months or more may be required before there is evidence of hair growth.
If you do not see improvement after 4 months, check with your doctor.
Missing a dose
More frequent use or longer application time have no effect on the hair growth. In case of missing any daily applications of Tugain® Gel, the patient should continue with the next application.
The drug should not be used more than two times a day, or be taken orally or applied to any other part of the body to avoid the risk of adverse effects and unwanted hair growth. The total daily application dose should not exceed 2 ml.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F) and away from excess moisture and heat. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Keep out of the reach of children.