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What is Minoxidil?

Minoxidil Side EffectsMinoxidil often known by its brand name “Rogaine” is a popular drug used for treating male-pattern baldness. It is not only confined to treating male pattern baldness but has proved immensely effective for female hair growth. Originally oral minoxidil was used for treating high blood pressure but patients and health experts noticed hair growth as a major side effect of the treatment. Since then development of topical minoxidil (solution applied to the skin) was put into practice for treating hair loss. However, the mechanism of hair growth stimulated by minoxidil is still unknown to health experts worldwide.

How should Minoxidil be used?

Minoxidil is manufactured in solution form with concentration 2% and 5% respectively. It is also prepared in the form of foam with 5% concentration. According to manufacturer instructions, minoxidil should be stored at room temperature that is 20-25 C (68-77 F). Minoxidil is usually prescribed to treat male pattern baldness. It is also used to treat hair loss and hair thinning in the frontal areas of the scalp in women.

As for the dosage of minoxidil, it should be applied as 1 ml of solution or half cupful of foam to dry hair and scalp twice a day in the morning and evening respectively. The solution or foam should be spread evenly over the affected area of the scalp after which the hands must be washed thoroughly with warm water. Minoxidil foam must be applied at least twice day as per suggested dose of 1 ml for 4 months to see visible results. It is reported that minoxidil works best with older patients who have larger bald areas over a period of time. It is also instructed that minoxidil solution should be applied to dry scalp and left over the affected area for at least 4 hours. The application must be continued for quite some time to maintain desired hair growth.

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Safety instructions

  • Drug Interaction: Minoxidil should not be used with other topical medications because it would lead to its excessive absorption and side effects.
  • Pregnancy: It should not be used by pregnant women since its consequences in such a state are not yet known.
  • Nursing Mothers: Minoxidil should not be used by nursing women for the same reason.

Minoxidil Side Effects

Below are some of the minoxidil side effects faced by consumers of its oral tablet. In addition to desired effects, some unwanted side effects may occur which might require medical attention. The patient must refer quickly to the doctor if any of the following effects are faced. Among the following effects some are more common while others are rare.

  • Irregular or fast heartbeat
  • Rapid weight gain of more than 5 pounds
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Bloating
  • Redness or flushing of skin
  • Swelling of lower legs or feet
  • Tingling or numbness of hands, feet or face
  • Skin rash and itching
  • Headache
  • Increase hair growth, usually on face, arms and back

Following are the side effects associated with topical application of minoxidil on the scalp of affected area. These effects include:

  • Irritation of the skin
  • Itching of the scalp
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Dryness of the scalp followed by flaking
  • Increased in the absorption of minoxidil with patients with damaged skin
  • Irritation of the eyes of made contact with them ( it contains alcohol)
  • In case of contact with skin and eyes the exposed areas should be washed with cool water.

How to safely battle with minoxidil Side Effects?

Minoxidil is only for topical use and its contact with eyes, nose or mouth should be avoided at all costs. In case of any exposure, the affected area should be washed immediately with cool tap water. Minoxidil may also cause dizziness which can be exacerbated if taken orally with alcohol or certain medicines. Avoid driving and unsafe tasks until you feel perfectly in control. If minoxidil is used topically then any use of ointment or medication on the scalp should be avoided. Temporary hair loss may occur and continue for two weeks after commencement of minoxidil use. Contact your doctor if the hair fall exceeds two weeks duration. Visible results are ensured to occur within 4 months of use; check with your physician if the claim is not abided by.

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