Minoxidil (Rogaine) Side Effects:
1. Skin Redness, Irritation, Uneven Skin Tones & Scars : Minoxidil may cause skin irritation and redness which may last up to several weeks after discontinuation of treatment.
2. Dandruff : Minoxidil may cause dandruff or even worse, it may lead to permanent loss of scalp hair.
3. Dry Mouth & Throat : Minoxidil may worsen dry mouth and throat.
If these symptoms occur, they are usually temporary and resolve within a few days without any further treatment with minoxidil. However, if the symptoms persist beyond a week or two, consult your doctor immediately.
4. Blurred Vision : Minoxidil may cause blurred vision.
5. Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea & Cramps : Minoxidil may increase stomach acidity and cause diarrhea and cramping.
6. Headaches : Minoxidil may exacerbate headaches caused by other medications or overuse of alcohol or drugs such as marijuana.
These symptoms will typically subside on their own without any further treatment with minoxidil.
7. Pregnancy : It is not known whether minoxidil is excreted in human milk.
Therefore, caution should be exercised when minoxidil is administered to a nursing woman.
8. Fertility : There are no studies that have been made on the effects of minoxidil in fertility in either men or women.
9. Adrenal Gland : In the few studies that have been done on minoxidil and the adrenal gland, no negative effects have been found.
10. Other Reactions : Besides the common and minor side effects mentioned above, some individuals may experience other side effects as well. These side effects may require a visit to your doctor, but are relatively harmless and temporary.
11. Erectile Dysfunction : There is a possibility that minoxidil may cause problems with an erection or cause an inability to achieve an erection. If you experience these symptoms while using minoxidil do not be alarmed.
These symptoms may disappear once you stop using the product and if they do not, seek immediate medical attention.
12. Miscellaneous : Besides the side effects mentioned above there are other, more uncommon reactions that may occur due to minoxidil treatment. These side effects are very uncommon and may include:
Irregular or skipped heartbeats, Eye pain, Itching of the eye, Eye swelling, Vision problems, Eye redness, Vomiting, Nausea, Feeling of warmth, Muscle pain.
Who can use minoxidil?
You should use minoxidil only if your doctor advises you to do so and with utmost caution. Some of the conditions that minoxidil is not recommended for are as follows:
1. You have heart disease or suffer from high blood pressure.
2. You have had a stroke or any other problems due to narrowed or blocked blood vessels.
3. You have an infection in the area where you are applying minoxidil.
4. You are allergic to minoxidil.
If you think this may be the case, you should see your doctor immediately.
5. You are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant within the next 3 months.
It is recommended that you do not use minoxidil if you are pregnant.
6. You are breastfeeding or are planning to within the next 3 months.
It is recommended that you do not use minoxidil if you are breastfeeding.
7. You are under 18 years of age.
What are the side effects related to minoxidil?
There are some common side effects that can occur due to using minoxidil along with some more serious side effects that can occur.
1. Common side effects of minoxidil include:
2. Itching, scaling, redness, burning or stinging at the application site.
3. Changes in your blood pressure.
You may also experience alterations in heart rhythm and an increase or decrease in heart rate. If you notice that your heart is beating rapidly, contact your doctor immediately.
4. Changes in eye pressure or blurred vision.
If you experience these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
5. Changes in color or graying of the skin.
6. Changes in your liver function.
7. Changes in your body fat distribution, especially in your face, between your shoulders (trapezius muscles) and in your abdomen.
8. Severe allergic reactions.
If you experience hives or swelling of the face or tongue, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms relating to an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention.
When should I stop using minoxidil?
You should stop using minoxidil as soon as your hair stops falling out and your bald patches are filled in. This can take anywhere between 3 months to a year, but you should not continue using minoxidil once your hair has regrown. If you notice any side effects that worry you, you should make an appointment to see your doctor immediately. You should also see your doctor immediately if you experience any of the more serious side effects listed above.
How do I use minoxidil?
The recommended method for using minoxidil is to apply it directly to your scalp 1 time each day. You should gently massage the medication into your scalp in the morning, either immediately after washing your hair or before bedtime, as long as it’s at least 10 hours after your last shampoo.
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