Minoxidil is a topical hair loss treatment that is available as a foam or a liquid. It works by promoting hair growth in areas of the scalp where it’s been lost. It may take several months before you begin to see results. It’s important to use it as directed for the best results.
Minoxidil is a vasodilator that increases blood flow to the hair follicles and promotes hair growth. It is combined with biotin, a B-vitamin that helps strengthen the hair follicles and promote hair growth. This combination has been shown to be more effective than either ingredient alone. Minoxidil and biotin have been shown to be safe for topical application on the scalp. This formula is also free of propylene glycol and ethanol, which are common solvents used in other topical hair
loss solutions that can cause irritation. This formulation contains glycerine and lactic acid as co-solvents that do not irritate the skin.
acts as a peripheral vasodilator by opening adenosine triphosphate-sensitive potassium channels in vascular smooth muscle cells. It also enhances the proliferation of dermal papillary cells (DPCs) and hair cells, thereby prolonging anagen and stimulating hair growth.
Apply the medication to the scalp, directly over the areas where hair loss occurs, using one of three special applicators. The metered spray and extender spray applicators are for larger scalp areas, while the rub-on applicator is for smaller sections or under the hair. Do not apply to other parts of the body, and avoid getting the medication in your eyes. Rinse your hands well after application.
It can take several months, and sometimes up to a year, before you see any results. Use the medication as directed and keep all appointments with your doctor. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us. Using minoxidil can cause irritation to the skin. If it does, wash the affected area with large amounts of cool water.
Like other peripheral vasodilators, decreases blood pressure by decreasing TPR. It is a prodrug and requires conversion to its active metabolite, minoxidil sulfate, for its vasodilator effect. It is primarily eliminated by the liver. Upon oral administration, 90% of minoxidil is absorbed with peak plasma concentrations occurring within 1 h. Minoxidil is pharmacologically active at a concentration of 20 ng/mL or greater in the serum.
- Consult a Healthcare Professional: Before you start using Minoxidil, it’s crucial to consult a healthcare professional, preferably a dermatologist or a doctor specializing in hair loss. They can assess your condition, determine the cause of your hair loss, and recommend the most suitable treatment, including the appropriate Minoxidil concentration.
- Buy from Reputable Sources: Ensure you purchase Minoxidil from reputable sources, such as licensed pharmacies, well-known online retailers, or your healthcare provider. Avoid buying from sketchy online sellers or unverified sources, as counterfeit products can be dangerous to your health.
- Check the Concentration: Minoxidil is available in different concentrations, with 10% being a higher strength option. The ideal concentration for you will depend on your specific needs and what your healthcare professional recommends. Higher concentrations may not always be better, and they could lead to more side effects.
Low doses of minoxidil may cause postural hypotension (lightheadedness when standing up quickly). Some people experience general lightheadedness and dizziness while using this medication. High doses of minoxidil can also cause hair growth in areas other than the scalp. This is called hypertrichosis and can occur in about 10% of women and 6% of men at the highest doses of minoxidil used for hair loss. This side effect is usually not a reason for stopping treatment. However, you should let your doctor know if you have this side effect.