Health & Fitness: Some Bald Facts About Minoxidil

Upjohn's lotion has raised luxuriant hopes but only so-so hair

For a product that money can't buy, Upjohn's minoxidil lotion is getting a ! lot of attention. Doonesbury has taken acid note of it, as has the Cathy comic strip, while ABC's Nightline has given it more serious treatment. To millions of men, it may, in fact, be a more promising potion than the elixir of love. Reason: minoxidil, which is otherwise used to treat high blood pressure, apparently can regrow hair on balding heads. When a Washington hospital announced three years ago that it was seeking gleaming pates on which to test the hair restorer, 10,000 eager volunteers called in,...

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