Heart function warning: Minoxidil can cause poor heart function or worsen existing heart problems. Your doctor will monitor you for this. Doctors usually prescribe other medications, such as water pills (diuretics) and beta-adrenergic blocking drugs, with minoxidil to help prevent heart problems.
Is topical minoxidil safe?
Minoxidil is a Health Canada and US FDA-approved medication for hair loss in men and women. The drug is marketed as 2% and 5% topical solutions. This over-the-counter product is considered safe, but should be used with caution.
Does topical minoxidil have systemic effects?
One study showed that people who used topical minoxidil twice daily saw no systematic side effects. A longer 48 week study shows that topical minoxidil has no systemic effects, even at a higher-than-average 5% concentration.
Does topical minoxidil raise heart rate?
Men with cardiovascular problems should think twice about using the anti-baldness drug minoxidil because it can raise their heart rate, the author of a new Canadian study warns. “Topical minoxidil increases cardiac activity by 10%-20%,” said Dr.
Does topical minoxidil affect blood pressure?
Oral minoxidil (generic Loniten) can interact with the blood pressure medication called guanethidine and cause orthostatic hypotension. This type of low blood pressure happens when standing up after sitting or lying down. Discontinue guanethidine before taking minoxidil.
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.
What are the disadvantages of using minoxidil?
- Acne at site of application.
- burning of scalp.
- facial hair growth.
- increased hair loss.
- inflammation or soreness at root of hair.
- reddened skin.
- swelling of face.
Is minoxidil 5 or 10 better?
Conclusion: Five percent of topical minoxidil was moderately superior to 10% topical minoxidil and placebo in increasing hair regrowth opposite to the expected, the irritation was marked for 10% topical minoxidil.
How long does topical Minoxidil stay in your system?
Effects on Blood Pressure and Target Organs
After an effective single oral dose, blood pressure usually starts to decline within one-half hour, reaches a minimum between 2 and 3 hours and recovers at an arithmetically linear rate of about 30%/day. The total duration of effect is approximately 75 hours.
Does Minoxidil affect hormones?
Yet, the study found no anti-androgenic effect at all – suggesting that Minoxidil neither increases nor decreases your hormones.
How do I stop my scalp from itching with Minoxidil?
Ketoconazole can help treat dandruff and reduce the side effects of minoxidil solution—primarily, that annoying flaking and itching. Clinical evidence suggests that ketoconazole may even be an effective hair loss treatment in its own right.