Minoxidil is also classed as a vasodilator, meaning that it dilates your blood vessels so that blood flows more easily where it’s applied. An increase in blood circulation to your scalp could be part of why minoxidil increases hair growth.
Does minoxidil cause unwanted hair growth?
It can cause unwanted hair growth.
Some women may experience facial hair growth when they use minoxidil. That can happen if the medication trickles down onto your face or simply as a side effect when you apply it only to your scalp.
Why minoxidil is bad?
Minoxidil can cause salt and water to build up in your body. This can lead to congestive heart failure. Your doctor should prescribe that you take a diuretic with minoxidil to help prevent this.
Does minoxidil affect sperm?
Do not use finasteride (Propecia, Proscar) for hair loss. There is accumulating evidence that it negatively impacts male fertility. You may instead use topical minoxidil (Rogaine), which has no known negative effects on male fertility.
Who should not use minoxidil?
Individuals younger than 18 years old should not use minoxidil products like Rogaine. Elderly individuals who use minoxidil may experience increased sensitivity to cold temperatures. Minoxidil topical solution should present a low-risk factor to breastfeeding infants.