Hi Jan, Sorry to hear your having problems again. It's true that when using Minoxidil, you'll likely lose some more hair in the process. But if your using it for a long time like U say U are, I don't know why it's affecting U this way. I don't have much experience with it. I've really only started to use it regularly myself. I've only been applying it once a day, and not even everyday. Since I wear a hairpiece & I don't remove it each day, I leave it on until I need to wash my hair. (a few days) When I remove it for washing, that's when I apply my Minoxidil. I don't know if it's gonna work too well like this, but I'm doing it anyway. I'm using the men's 5% foam. The 1st time I tried it, I used the women's 2% liquid, but then I stopped it. It didn't seem to be doing anything for me. Plus, I had problems with sweating on my scalp & the drug melting into my eyes !! So I gave up. I don't plan on giving up so fast this time tho. I plan on sticking to it 'til I see some hair growth !! Since you've been using it longer than I have, how well does it work for U ? Are U using the 2% or 5% ? How often ? Wow.....using it for 8 yrs., I would think U should have at least half a head full of hair by now ? How much came back for U ? I'm sure we all wanna know. Right now, I think I'd be happy if I saw peach fuzz on my head. But enuff to fill in the bare spots, so I don't need to use the hair powder I use. I'm starting to see where I put it. I see dark blobs in the front of my head now. I'd prefer they were invisible !! But that isn't gonna happen unless I grow some more hair. Only been a couple of months for me this time, so I have to wait n' see. But it is true that you'll shed from using Minoxidil at times. I had never realized that before until someone here told me that. Will U continue to use it as U always have, even tho your getting more shedding right now ? I think since you've used it for 8 yrs. & apparently it's helped U, U should. I'm not sure how long this shedding will go on. I wouldn't think it would happen no more than a month or two before it kicks back in to the growing stage again. But I'm not positive on this. Let me know what happens. The one thing I can tell U for sure...is that what's happening is perfectly expected.