How It Works:

Minoxidil works by relaxing blood vessels of the body so that blood passes through them more easily. This helps to lower resistance to blood flow and thus lower blood pressure. Minoxidil stimulates hair growth in early and moderate stages of hereditary hair loss (alopecia androgenetica) by increasing the diameter of the hair shaft, stimulation and prolongation of growing phase of hair follicle (anagen). Being a peripheral vasodilator, minoxidil enhances microcirculation to hair follicles thereby stimulating the growth.

Side Effects:

chest pain., Oral:Very common: increased heart rate, increased blood creatinine and urea.Topical:Common: Headache, pericarditis, pericardial effusion, application site irritation and redness of skin .Rare: Palpitations, breast tenderness, edema, abnormal ECG reflecting problem in heart function.Common: Fluid retention, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, breathlessness, unwanted non-scalp hair including facial hair growth in women, build-up of excess fluid between the layers of the pleura outside the lungs, cardiac tamponade .Rare: decrease in white blood cells, changes in hair texture and hair color, dermatitis bullous, dermatitis and dry skin and acne, skin exfoliation and dermatitis exfoliative, temporary hair loss, peripheral edema, gastrointestinal disorders, rash.Frequency not known: Sensation of pressure, abnormally low number of cells that are required for blood to clot, rash, squeezing, or pain in chest due to insufficient blood supply to the muscles of the heart, hair color changes, pruritus .Uncommon: Hypotension, Peripheral oedema associated with or independent of weight gain, increased heart rate

Used For:

Minoxidil is used orally for the treatment of high blood pressure, in combination with other anti-hypertensive drugs. It is also used  topically for treatment of hair loss (alopecia androgenetica) (hereditary hair loss) in men and women by preventing hair loss and promoting hair regrowth.


  • Minoxidil tablets may make you feel drowzy or dizzy when you stand up; particularly when you first start treatment or your dose is increased. If affected do not drive or operate machines.
  • Do not take minoxidil either oral or topical application if you are allergic to minoxidil or any other ingredients of the medicine.
  • Consult your Doctor before you start taking minoxidil orally If  you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or breast feeding. 
  • Consult your doctor immediately and stop taking minoxidil, if you develop discomfort in your chest any time after starting minoxidil.
  • Do not use the topical application while smoking, or near any naked flame or strong heat source. Also, avoid exposure of the container and contents to naked flames during use, storage and disposal as the solution is flammable.
  • Do not use minoxidil hair solution on red, inflamed, irritated or painful scalp.
  • Do not use minoxidil hair solution if you are using other cream, lotions or ointments on your scalp.
  • Do not exceed the recommended use. Exceeding the recommended dose will not re-grow your hair any more quickly and you have an increased likelihood of getting side-effects.
  • Consult your doctor and inform him before using minoxidil if you are using medicines such as dithranol or petrolatum for psoriasis, tretinoin for acne and corticosteroids (bethmethasone dipropionate) for other skin disorders.
  • Stop and consult your doctor immediately if you experience side effects related to low blood pressure such as chest pain, rapid heart rate, fainting, dizziness, swollen hands and feet and redness of the scalp.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is minoxidil safe? Minoxidil is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is minoxidil available in India? Yes, minoxidil is available in India with various trade names.
Q. Does minoxidil cause acne? Yes, minoxidil may cause acne in some individuals.
Q. Does minoxidil cause headache? Yes, headache is a very common side effect of minoxidil. 
Q. Does minoxidil cause impotence? There are no known effects of minoxidil on potency or sexual function in both men and women. Patients should follow advice of the doctor regarding its use. 
Q. Is minoxidil effective for hair growth/regrowth? Yes, minoxidil is effective in hair growth/regrowth for patients with hereditary hair loss. However, each patient may respond differently to minoxidil treatment for hair growth.
Q. Is minoxidil effective for frontal baldness? Minoxidil is effective in hair growth for patients with hereditary hair loss, hence minoxidil may be useful in frontal baldness. Patients should follow advice of the doctor regarding its use.
Q. Does minoxidil grow beard? Minoxidil is used on the scalp for hair growth in patients with hereditary hair loss. Patients should follow advice of the doctor regarding its use.
Q. Is minoxidil a steroid? No, minoxidil is not a steroid. 
Q. Does minoxidil cause hair loss?Yes, temporary hair loss during minoxidil treatment is possible.
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