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Minoxidil

Minoxidil Prescription
Generic Name: minoxidil topical (mi NOX i dil)
Brand Name: Rogaine, Ronoxidil, Rogaine Extra Strength, Rogaine Women's, Rogaine Men's Extra Strength
Physician reviewed minoxidil topical patient information - includes minoxidil topical description, dosage and directions.

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Minoxidil Drug Information:

Minoxidil topical is used to help you regrow hair on your scalp. minoxidil topical will not cause permanent regrowth of scalp hair. You must continue using the product to keep the regrowth of your hair. Minoxidil topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Do not use minoxidil topical if the skin on your scalp is red, swollen, irritated, or infected. Do not use minoxidil topical if the skin on your scalp is red, swollen, irritated, or infected. This may allow more of the medication to be absorbed by your body, which could be dangerous. Learn more

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Minoxidil Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to minoxidil topical: topical foam, topical solution

Along with its needed effects, minoxidil topical may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking minoxidil topical:

Less common

  • Itching or skin rash (continued)

Rare

  • 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

Signs and symptoms of too much medicine being absorbed into the body—Rare

  • Blurred vision or other changes in vision
  • chest pain
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • flushing
  • headache
  • lightheadedness
  • numbness or tingling of hands, feet, or face
  • swelling of face, hands, feet, or lower legs
  • weight gain (rapid)

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to minoxidil topical: topical foam, topical solution

General

Minoxidil topical is generally well tolerated. Dermatological adverse events are the only side effects reported more commonly as compared to placebo.

Cardiovascular

Edema, salt and water retention, pericardial effusion, pericarditis, tamponade, tachycardia, and angina have been reported with oral minoxidil. Patients with underlying heart disease may be at increased risk for these or other cardiovascular adverse effects.

Rarely, cardiovascular side effects have included edema, chest pain, blood pressure changes, palpitations, and changes in pulse rate with minoxidil topical therapy.

Local

Despite low levels of systemic absorption, in one study of 35 men using either topical minoxidil 2% twice a day or placebo for 6 months, minoxidil was associated with cardiac changes, such as significant increases in left ventricular end-diastolic volume, cardiac output, and left ventricular mass.

Systemic side effects are uncommon since very little minoxidil is absorbed after topical application. In one study, the serum levels after 2.5 mg twice a day oral versus 2% twice a day topical minoxidil were 32.8 and 1.7 ng per mL, respectively.

Exacerbation of hair loss/alopecia has been reported.

Dermatologic

Rare cases of generalized hypertrichosis have been associated with topically applied minoxidil. Eczema, irritant dermatitis, and allergic contact dermatitis have also been reported.

Hypersensitivity

Nonspecific allergic reactions, hives, allergic rhinitis, facial swelling, and sensitivity to minoxidil topical have rarely been reported.

Nervous system

Headache, dizziness, faintness, and light-headedness have been reported with minoxidil topical.

Gastrointestinal

Diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting have been reported during treatment with minoxidil topical.

Ocular

Visual disturbances, including decreased visual acuity, have been reported.

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Minoxidil (www.drugs.com/mtm/minoxidil-topical.html).