Minoxidil is among the hair loss treatments for men. It is a anti-hypertensive peripheral vasodilator which helps to stop the loss of hair. It improves the blood flow to the blood vessels. It does not help to regrow the hair, but helps to stop it from falling out. It is available in many different trade names, such as Rogaine.
Minoxidil tablets were used for many years to treat blood pressure. Doctors began to notice that a side effect of the drug was hair growth. Then scientists developed the topical form of the drug which is applied to the scalp for hair growth.
Side Effects of Minoxidil
Before beginning to take Minoxidil, you should be aware of the possible side effects. The most common and least worrisome side effects include nausea and or vomiting, breast pain or tenderness, and change in the color or thickness of your body hair. Another side effect is burning or itching of the treated area.
These usually decrease with time and are nothing to be concerned about. More serious side effects, which you should worry about, may include chest pain, with the pain spreading into the shoulder and down the arm, breathing problems, edema or swelling of the hands, feet and ankles, and problems with your eye sight. Other side effects which you should report to your doctor include rash, fever, headaches, bruising and dizziness, in which you may feel like you are going to pass out.
The most severe side effects include an allergic reaction which may result in hives and swelling of the face, throat, lips or tongue. Difficulty breathing may also be a problem. If you do experience any of these severe side effects, you should get medical help immediately.
How to Use Minoxidil
Minoxidil comes in a foam which is applied to the scalp. The medication must stay on the hair strands for at least 40 minutes, but it is best to leave it on for longer. You will be able to style the hair after the solution has dried. This is the most effective way to treat baldness. For the best results, it can be applied up to two times a day. Talk to your doctor about how often you should apply it. They can help with making sure the treatment is right for you. Minoxidl should not be used in combination with other topical solutions, as this may cause a serious frug interaction. It should also not be used by pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers. It is also important not to use the Minoxidil tablets for hair loss.
If you are experiencing baldness and would like to try stopping it, talk to your doctor to see if Minoxidl is the right treatment for you. He will be able to help you to know if it is a safe medication for you and will help with dosing options. It is recommended to use this medication under the supervision of a doctor.