My eldest child picked up a case of ringworm last week. Ringworm grosses me out to no end, so as soon as I discovered it, I began slathering it with the Monistat I had lying around the house. To those that are confused by this, ringworm is a fungus, similar to oral thrush or jock itch (really!) Monistat treats fungal infections of all kinds, not just those of the lady bits.
In treating my son, I ran out of the *good* Monistat and sent my husband out for more. (Interesting side note- the Monistat did nothing for the ringworm. I finally ended up trying Tea Tree Oil after finding the suggestion on the internet and within a few days, it was dried up and gone. So, if you get ringworm, try Tea Tree Oil.)
My husband, well intentioned as he may have been, picked up the *wrong* kind of Monistat. He bought generic 2% miconazole nitrate. I figured it was a perfect time to give the other stuff a trial run. For those of you wondering if it makes a difference, let me tell you now, it does.
First off, the generic 2% made my hair greasy and piece-y looking, like I hadn't washed in a while. The brand name stuff just goes onto my scalp and my hair looks no different that it did before I applied. I washed, air dried, then applied and was horrified to see how terrible my hair looked. I had to wear it up until the next wash day. I like to wear it down the day I wash, so this upset me a bit.
Second, I saw absolutely no difference in growth. With the brand name 4%, I saw at least an inch of new growth within the same time period. I had new growth around my hairline and my hair was thicker. With the 2%, nothing, nada, nope, zilch.
Honestly, if it worked, I would suffer through the greasy hair. Since it did nothing, the generic stuff is going into the trash. I'll pay extra for the brand name next time.