Severe high blood pressure (causing damage to vital organs)
Scalp hair growth (only topical applications)
Contraindications of Minoxidil
When should one not use Minoxidil
If you are allergic to this medicine
If you have a personal or family history of prostate or breast cancer
If your high blood pressure is caused by hormones from a tumour
Side effects of Minoxidil
Common side effects of this drug are:
Nausea and vomiting
Changes in facial hair
Itching, hives and rash
Yellowing of the skin or eyes
Swelling of legs and feet
Weight gain, breathlessness
Side effects of topical applications are:
Increased facial hair
Precautions and Warnings of Minoxidil
Can I take Minoxidil during pregnancy?
Do not use this medicine in pregnancy as it may affect the baby.
Can I take Minoxidil while breastfeeding?
This medicine passes into breast milk hence not recommended in breastfeeding.
Can I drive if I have consumed Minoxidil?
Taking this medicine may lead to cause dizziness, especially when you first start the treatment or your dose is increased.
Can I consume alcohol with Minoxidil?
Drinking alcohol may lead to cause more dizziness.
Other General Warnings
Talk to your doctor if
Inform your doctor before having surgery regarding all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products)
Do not take this medicine in two hours before your dialysis session. Take it after the dialysis otherwise more than two hours before
Mode of Action of Minoxidil
How Does It Work?
Minoxidil is a blood vessel (vasodilator) medicine, thereby decreasing the blood pressure. It also improves blood flow to the scalp, leading to improved hair follicle functioning which stimulates hair growth....
Interactions of Minoxidil
Interactions with other medicines
No drug interactions are known as such but inform your physician about all the prescription and non-prescription medicines that you are taking.
Interactions with food items
No specific interactions with food have been reported yet.
Dietary Restrictions of Minoxidil
No information is available on dietary restrictions while you are taking Minoxidil, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further details.
Dosage of Minoxidil
Overdose may lead to very low blood pressure leading to fainting or dizziness or more severe complications like rapid heartbeats, fluid overload in the body, collection of fluid around the lungs and coma....
Missed a Dose
Take the missed dose as early as you remember. Skip the missed dose and do not take extra medicine to compensate for the missed dose.
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