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Minoxidil

Information About Minoxidil

Uses of Minoxidil

Minoxidil is commonly used in the treatment of severe hypertension and hair loss.

How Minoxidil Works

Minoxidil is a type of vasodilator. It works by dilating the blood vessels in the peripheries. It is not to be used as a monotherapy.

Side Effects of Minoxidil

Fast Heart Rate, Pericarditis, High amount of hair over the body, Hypertrichosis, Change in hair colour, Fluid around the heart (pericardial effusion), Headache, Nausea, Abnormal ECG, Generalized swelling (oedema).

Information Updated on : Mon Sep 20 2021 13:43:21 GMT+0800 (Malaysia Time)

Minoxidil Related Warnings

Alcohol Not Advisable

Alcohol consumption on Minoxidil treatment can cause further lowering of blood pressure.

Pregnancy Not Safe

Minoxidil may be unsafe to use during pregnancy as animal studies have shown risks to the foetus but human studies are still inconclusive. However, its benefits may outweigh the risk. Please consult your doctor before using it.

Lactation Not Advisable

Minoxidil is found to be excreted in breast milk and the risks to infants is still largely unknown. Therefore, it is still not recommended to breastfeed while on Minoxidil.

Driving Generally Safe

There are no studies on the effect of Minoxidil on the ability to drive. Do not drive unless you are feeling well.

Kidney Use With Care

Minoxidil may require dose adjustments for patients with renal failure due to disturbance in salt and water balance. Please consult your doctor before using it.

Liver Use With Care

Minoxidil is safe in patients with liver disease.

Frequently Asked Questions on Minoxidil

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