food interaction for SHALTOP A

alcohol interaction for SHALTOP A

pregnancy interaction for SHALTOP A

lactation interaction for SHALTOP A

medicine interaction for SHALTOP A

food
alcohol
pregnancy
lactation
medicine
No interaction found
No interaction found
Shaltop a solution may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
WEIGH RISKS VS. BENEFITS
Shaltop a solution is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.
UNSAFE
No interaction found

SALT INFORMATION FOR SHALTOP A

Tretinoin Topical(0.025% w/v)

Uses

Tretinoin Topical is used in the treatment of acne.

How it works

Tretinoin topical works by slowing the production of certain natural substances that can cause acne.

Common side effects

Azelaic Acid Topical(1.5% w/v)

Uses

Azelaic Acid Topical is used in the treatment of acne.

How it works

Azelaic acid topical works by stopping the production of essential substances in certain bacteria, therefore stopping them growing.

Common side effects

Application site burning, Application site pain, Application site itching.
Minoxidil Topical(2% w/v)

Uses

Minoxidil Topical is used in the treatment of hair loss
It is most effective in treating hereditary hair loss or thinning at the top of the scalp, not in front.

How it works

Minoxidil topical works by increasing blood flow to the hair follicles, increasing hair follicle size, and prolonging the growth phase of these follicles.

Common side effects

Headache, Allergic reaction, Skin rash, Chest pain, Edema, Dermatitis, Abnormal hair growth on a women face and body.

COMMON DOSAGE FOR SHALTOP A SOLUTION

Patients taking SHALTOP A SOLUTION

  • 83%
    Once A Day
  • 17%
    Twice A Day

SUBSTITUTES FOR SHALTOP A

No substitutes found

Expert advice FOR SHALTOP A

  • Inform your doctor before using tretinoin topical if you are using cosmetics or astringents that exfoliate or dry your skin or if they contain alcohol, lime or spices.
  • Avoid direct contact of cream/gel with your eyes. In case of direct contact, wash your eyes with water immediately and seek immediate medical attention.
  • Exercise caution in children less than 12 years of age.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breast feeding
  • It should not take if patient is allergic to tretinoin or any of its ingredients.
  • It sholud not given to patients having eczema (red, scaly, inflammed and dry skin) or if you have damaged skin or sun burns
  • It sholud not given to patients taking medicines that remove the top layers of the skin.

Frequently asked questions FOR SHALTOP A

Tretinoin Topical

Q. Is tretinoin topical a steroid/ retin a/ retin a/ a retinoid/retinol?
Tretinoin topical is not a steroid. It is a form of vitamin A (Retin-A) and belongs to a group of medications called as ‘retinoids'. Tretinoin and retinol are similar but tretinoin tends to be a bit more aggressive than retinol which is a bit more suitable for those with sensitive skin
Q. Is tretinoin cream safe?
Tretinoin is safe if taken at recommended doses and duration. The gel form should be used with extreme caution in children younger than 12 years
Q. Does tretinoin cream work/ is tretinoin cream good for acne/acne scars/lighten skin/thin the skin/work on wrinkles/fade dark spots/clog pores/cause breakouts?
Tretinoin cream works effectively in most of the patients. It is useful for treating most of the skin related issue like acne, acne scars, skin lightening, removing wrinkles, fade dark spots, clog pores, etc. It does not cause breakouts but helps the skin in healing it
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Q. Is tretinoin available over the counter?
It is available only as per doctor's prescription.

Azelaic Acid Topical

Q. Is azelaic acid an AHA/ retinoid/ antibiotic/ DHT blocker/ steroid?
Azelaic acid is not an AHA/retinoid/antibiotic/steroid. Azelaic acid may be an inhibitor of 5-alpha reductase which in turn decreases the levels of DHT (dihydrotestosterone)
Q. Does azelaic acid topical work for wrinkles/ melasma/hair loss/redness/to get lighter skin?
Azelaic acid topical mainly used to treat pimples, sometimes for melasma and not recommended for other skin conditions
Q. Does azelaic acid topical exfoliate?
There is not much evidence found for azelaic acid exfoliating dead skin
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Q. Does azelaic acid bleach clothes?
No, azelaic acid does not bleach clothes.

Minoxidil Topical

Q. How long should I continue to use minoxidil topical?
Using minoxidil topical would be a continuous process as your herditary hair loss is a life long condition. Apply it twice a day, every day or as advised by your doctor.
Q. Can I apply minoxidil topical to wet hair?
No, application of minoxidil topical to wet hair is not suggested. Let your hair dry completely before applying minoxidil topical.
Q. How frequent can I wash my hair daily with shampoo while I am also applying minoxidil topical?
You can wash your hair every day with shampoo even if you are using minoxidil topical. However, do not shampoo for at least four hours after applying this medicine as it would need this much time to get completely absorbed into your scalp.
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Q. Is minoxidil topical effective for hair growth/regrowth?
Yes, minoxidil topical is effective in hair growth/regrowth for patients with hereditary hair loss. However, each patient may respond differently to minoxidil treatment for hair growth.
Q. Does minoxidil topical stimulate the growth of a beard?
Use of minoxidil topical for the growth of a beard is not indicated. It is used only on the scalp for hair growth in patients with a family history of hair loss.
Q. Does minoxidil topical cause acne?
Minoxidil topical may cause an acne-like rash in some individuals. This is an uncommon side effect associated with its use. It can also cause an itchy rash, blister, bleeding and ulceration.If you experience these side effects, stop using the medicine and inform your doctor.
Q. What's the difference between minoxidil topical foam and minoxidil topical solution?
Minoxidil topical solution is an alcohol-based preparation while minoxidil foam is a non-alcohol based preparation. Minoxidil foam is used by a gentle massage with hands onto the scalp while minoxidil topical solution is applied with an applicator (dropper) onto the hair loss area.
Q. Does exposure to the sun cause more thinning of my hair?
Exposure to the sun will not cause thinning of hair, but it is advised that you should protect your scalp from the sun with a cap or some cloth.
Q. What type of shampoo should I use?
You should use a mild shampoo but it should be able to clean your scalp and not be hard on your hair.
Q. Can I use hair spray or gel, when using minoxidil topical?
Yes, you may use your regular hair spray or gel when using minoxidil topical. However, apply minoxidil topical first and let your hair dry before using other hair products. Try to keep a gap of 4 hours between the application of minoxidil topical and other hair products.
Q. How soon can I see results while using minoxidil topical?
You can see results after 4 months of continuous use. This would also depend on the proper application and dosage as advised by your doctor. If you do not see any results after 4 months, talk to your doctor.
Q. How should I apply minoxidil topical solution?
Before applying minoxidil topical solution, your hair and scalp should be completely dry. Apply the amount of medicine as advised starting in the center of the area of scalp being treated and then move outside. Follow your doctor's instructions on how to apply the solution, using the applicator provided or with hands in case you are using minoxidil foam. Do not shampoo your hair for at least 4 hours after applying minoxidil topical. Allow minoxidil to completely dry for 2 to 4 hours after applying it even if you are going to bed as it can stain clothing and can get transferred to the other areas of your body. Do not use a hairdryer to dry the scalp after applying minoxidil topical, hair drying may make the treatment less effective. Wash your hands to remove any medicine immediately after using this medicine.
Q. How to use minoxidil topical?
Minoxidil solution is applied by means of a dropper, pump spray applicator or extended spray-tip applicator whereas minoxidil foam is applied by hands (manual application). Minoxidil is applied to the affected areas of the scalp twice daily.
Q. How is minoxidil topical different from minoxidil foam?
Minoxidil topical (liquid/ solution) contains propylene glycol, water, and alcohol whereas minoxidil foam contains other ingredients which lead to the difference in the consistency of both. Minoxidil solution is applied by means of a dropper, pump spray applicator or extended spray-tip applicator whereas minoxidil foam is applied by hands (manual application).
Q. How would I know that minoxidil topical has started to work?
Few things that would help you know if this is working on your hair. During the first 2-3 weeks of use, there may be a temporary increase in hair fall, but this is fine as this indicates new growth cycle is beginning, and the new hairs are coming in place of older ones. However, this is temporary and will stop in next few weeks. However, results may vary from person to person. If hair loss continues after 2 weeks, stop using and inform your doctor.
Q. What if I miss a dose of minoxidil topical?
If you miss a dose of minoxidil topical, just continue with your next regular dose, do not double up the dose. Missing a dose would not affect your hair growth.
Q. How would my newly grown hair look like?
Hair growth in early weeks would be soft and fuzzy. Continued treatment will produce new hair similar to your other hair on the scalp.
Q. Why is topical minoxidil fortified with finasteride?
Use of finasteride is seen to be beneficial in the treatment of hair loss (alopecia), however, oral finasteride is associated with side effects like decreased libido, sexual dysfunction, and gynecomastia. A topical preparation of minoxidil topical fortified with finasteride could be quite useful as both are useful in hair loss treatment and minoxidil topical would also help in better absorption of finasteride due to its vasodilator property.
Q. What if I stop using minoxidil topical once my hair are regrown?
If you stop using minoxidil topical, the hair loss process will start again and you may lose your newly regrown hair within 3 to 4 months. So, it is advised to use minoxidil topical on a continuous and regular basis.
Q. What is the difference between minoxidil topical and minoxidil oral?
Minoxidil (oral) is used for the treatment of severe hypertension (high blood pressure) not responding to other antihypertensive drugs whereas minoxidil (topical) is used in the treatment of alopecia (hair loss).
Q. Is minoxidil topical effective for frontal baldness?
Minoxidil topical is not indicated for the treatment of frontal baldness. It is effective in hair growth for patients with hair loss on the top of the scalp not on the front of the scalp.
Q. Can I use my hair oil while using minoxidil?
You can use hair oil if you are using minoxidil topical. But do not apply it before applying minoxidil topical as your hair must be dry. Use hair oil four hours after applying the medicine as it takes this much time to get absorbed.
Q. Is it safe to use topical minoxidil?
Yes, it is safe to use topical minoxidil for the treatment of hair loss (alopecia) when used as advised by the doctor. Read the instructions on the pack carefully before use.

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Content on this page was last updated on 08 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)