There is strong evidence that topical minoxidil can increase hair growth in male and female pattern hair loss. The evidence for oral minoxidil is less strong but has been used successfully in post-chemotherapy hair loss, female pattern hair loss, fragile hair disorders and alopecia areata.
What happens if you stop taking oral minoxidil?
If you stop taking it suddenly: Your high blood pressure can rebound (get high again quickly). This may increase your chance for a heart attack or stroke. Do not stop taking minoxidil or any other high blood pressure medication without talking to your doctor.
Does minoxidil come in pill form for hair loss?
Minoxidil also comes in pill form, but there are risks to using minoxidil oral for hair loss.
Does oral minoxidil make hair thicker?
After 24 weeks of treatment, there was a 12% increase in hair density for women on oral minoxidil and 7.2% increase for women applying topical minoxidil. The difference was not statistically significant but the oral minoxidil group also had less hair shedding.
Is oral minoxidil effective?
Conclusion: Oral minoxidil was found to be an effective and well-tolerated treatment alternative for healthy patients having difficulty with topical formulations.
What are the negative effects of minoxidil?
- 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.
How long does oral minoxidil stay in your system?
After an effective single oral dose, blood pressure usually starts to decline within one-half hour, reaches a minimum between 2 and 3 hours and recovers at an arithmetically linear rate of about 30%/day. The total duration of effect is approximately 75 hours.
Does minoxidil affect sperm?
There is accumulating evidence that it negatively impacts male fertility. You may instead use topical minoxidil (Rogaine), which has no known negative effects on male fertility.
Does minoxidil cause weight gain?
Your hands, feet, ankles, stomach, or face can swell as a result of salt and water retention caused when taking minoxidil. Water retention may cause a sudden weight gain of five pounds or more.
Which is better finasteride or minoxidil?
“Finasteride is by far the more clinically effective medication compared to minoxidil,” Gary Linkov, MD, of City Facial Plastics in New York City tells WebMD Connect to Care. Linkov does caution that finasteride can cause sexual side effects such as decreased semen and reduced sexual desire.