Can I get Oral Minoxidil in Singapore?
Some may find it troublesome to apply Topical Minoxidil and may have wondered about the use of Oral Minoxidil. To date, there is no Oral Minoxidil product registered with the HSA. Doctors have to apply for a special license to bring in Oral Minoxidil in Singapore.
The recommendation by the FDA is still for Topical Minoxidil and/or Oral Finasteride in the treatment of male-pattern baldness.
However, there has been some evidence that a low dose of Oral Minoxidil can be safe and effective. Your doctor will be able to advise. If you don’t have one, you can book an appointment with SIRE’s doctor here.
Can I get Rogaine Minoxidil in Singapore?
No. Rogaine is the first brand of Topical Minoxidil approved by the FDA for the treatment of male-pattern hair loss in 1988. The patent for the product has run out and generic brands such as Kirkland, Growell and Regro have been available, usually at a lower cost.
The active ingredient Minoxidil is the same across product brands. The main difference is that generic brands would vary in their inactive ingredients.
This can change the consistency and texture of the final product. For example, you may find different brands being of an oilier or drier consistency.
Can I get Regaine Minoxidil in Singapore?
Yes. Rogaine is marketed as the brand Regaine in Singapore. Regaine is the only brand in Singapore that has a foam formulation Topical Minoxidil product.
Unlike the lotion formulation, the foam formulation does not contain propylene glycol, an inactive ingredient that was found to increase scalp irritation amongst its users.
Is there a difference between Regaine and Rogaine?
No. Both Regaine and Rogaine are the brand names by which Topical Minoxidil is sold. Both products are manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. In Singapore and the UK, the product is marketed under the brand Regaine, while in the US; it is marketed by the brand name Rogaine.
Can I get Kirkland Minoxidil in Singapore?
No. Kirkland is a brand offered by Costco, a big supermarket chain in the US. Kirkland Minoxidil is sold as a supermarket house brand – it is popular as it is sold for at least four times cheaper than Rogaine in the US.
There have been reports that you can find Kirkland Minoxidil in Singapore via third-party retailers on Amazon, Lazada and Shopee. Unfortunately, buying Kirkland Minoxidil from anybody but Costco presents a risk itself.
Firstly, the prices won’t be as amazing as what you can get if you bought it directly from Costco. Costco is a wholesaler so their prices are great, but when they arrive in Singapore, they would have incurred shipping costs and a markup from the third-party seller, and this is only if we’re talking about genuine products.
If you see Kirkland Minoxidil going for extremely cheap in Singapore, be doubly suspicious. Lookalike copies of medication have appeared in Singapore with packaging and bottling looking like the original. One such example is San Ti Niu Bian, which was an illegal medication produced in China. The original factory got shut down by the authorities, but years after that, the medication reappeared on the market looking exactly like the original.
If you can get genuine Kirkland Minoxidil, then great. If you’re not sure, then you’d have to weigh whether it’s worth the cost savings and risk to your fragile hair. At some point, there might be an argument to do it legitimately with a real doctor.
Can I get Growell Minoxidil in Singapore?
Yes. Growell Minoxidil is manufactured by ICM Pharma Pte Ltd, one of the largest local pharmaceutical manufacturers in Singapore. It is available as a lotion in concentrations of 2%, 3% and 5%.
Can I get Regro Minoxidil in Singapore?
Yes. Regro Minoxidil is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals, an Israeli multi-national pharmaceutical company. It is only available as a 5% lotion in Singapore.