What is Minoxidil?

Minoxidil is a vasodilators drug that increases blood flow.

What Does Minoxidil Treat?

Minoxidil foam and solution are used to help hair growth and treat male pattern baldness. It can also be used to help improve thinning hair in women. Minoxidil should not be used by those under 18. Since it is unknown how this medication causes hair growth it is not used for sudden/patchy hair loss, postpartum hair loss, or unexplained hair loss.

How to Use Minoxidil

After washing and drying the scalp, you may apply this product to damp hair. Part the area of thinning hair and apply the solution evenly to the affected areas of the scalp. Gently rub it in and allow it to dry completely before using any styling products or going to bed. Wash your hands thoroughly after application. Most people see improvement in 4 months.

Do not use minoxidil on red, irritated, broken, or damaged skin. Do not get minoxidil in your eyes or use the medication more often than your doctor directed. This can lead to serious side effects.


Before beginning Minoxidil, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any of the ingredients or have other allergies. Tell your doctor if you are taking any medications, supplements, herbal products, or vitamins. Speak to your doctor if you have:

  • Eczema
  • Heart problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Diseases of the scalp
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Take medications for high blood pressure
  • Take any medications that interact with alcohol

Side Effects

Redness, burning, or stinging may occur at the application site. If you experience any of the following side effects, stop using Minoxidil and contact your doctor. Serious side effects include:

  • Unwanted facial/body hair
  • Dizziness
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Fainting
  • Chest pain
  • Swelling of the hands or feet
  • Unusual weight gain
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction (rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing)

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