Does minoxidil really work for hair loss? How long do you need to use it for? What happens if you stop? and what are the side effects? The answer coming up.
Topical minoxidil is used in the treatment of male pattern hair loss in men, and female pattern hair loss in women. It is also use in some other forms of hair loss and after hair replacement surgery or chemotherapy. Minoxidil does not work for everyone.
Treatment for hair loss depends on the cause. In some cases, treating the cause will treat the problem. The sooner you find the cause, the better your outcome, the less hair you will lose and the more successful treatment (or prevention) tends to be. So, if you haven’t seen your doctor to work out why you are losing hair, make sure you do so asap.
So, if your doctor has suggested to use minoxidil, here are some of things you need to know.
This information is of general nature only, it does not replace the need to talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Minoxidil comes in many different brands, some more common and famous brands are like Regaine and Rogaine. Generic brands are usually cheaper. It usually comes either in a foam or solution. It comes in 2 strengths which is 2% and 5%. 5% maybe more effective but it also may cause more irritation. It is applied to the affected area of the scalp once or twice daily for a minimum of 6 months. If it is found effective then it may be continued for long term. You would usually see results in approximately 4 months into the treatment and Generally the hair that grows out is thinner and finer than the original hair. You would need to keep using it to maintain hair growth, once you stop, the hair loss will begin again.
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Now back to minoxidil
Minoxidil’s dosage will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor’s instruction or the directions on the label.
Hair loss may continue for 2 weeks after you start using minoxidil. Tell your doctor if your hair loss continues after 2 weeks. Also, tell your doctor if your hair growth does not increase after using minoxidil for 4 months.
It is important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure that this medicine is working properly and to check for unwanted side effects.
Tell your doctor if you notice continued itching, redness, rash or burning of your scalp after you apply minoxidil. These side effects are not common. If the itching, redness, or burning is severe, wash the medicine off and check with your doctor before using it again.
Some of the rare side effects of minoxidil are
1. Acne at site of application
2. facial hair growth
3. increased hair loss
4. inflammation or soreness at root of hair
5. swelling of face
Signs and symptoms of too much medicine being absorbed into the body are very very rare. These rare side effects
1. Blurred vision or other changes in vision
2. chest pain
5. fast or irregular heartbeat
9. numbness or tingling of hands, feet, or face
10. swelling of face, hands, feet, or lower legs
11. rapid weight gain
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This video is for general information only and should not be used to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Pharmacist Soonkie has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but makes no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.