Minoxidil is used in the treatment of Hair loss and Hypertension (high blood pressure). It is most effective in treating hereditary hair loss or thinning at the top of the scalp, not in front. Rarely, it may be used to treat high blood pressure.
Minoxy Products side effects
Side Effects of Minoxy are Edema (swelling), Excessive hair growth on face, Hair discoloration, Increased heart rate.
Minoxidil is a potassium channel opener. Its vasodilation action expands the blood vessels to promote blood flow, thereby decreasing blood pressure to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). The topical application of Minoxidil on your scalp helps in increasing blood flow through the vasodilation process. This increased blood flow provides more nutrition and oxygen to the hair follicle, which prevents hair cell death and also enhances new hair growth. This is how it works to treat your hair loss (alopecia).
Q. Is the hair growth by Minoxy 5% Solution treatment permanent?
You have to continue applying Minoxy 5% Solution for continued hair growth. If you stop using Minoxy 5% Solution, the regrown hair may disappear after 3-4 months and balding or hair loss may restart.
Q. Can Minoxy 5% Solution cause weight gain?
Yes, Minoxy 5% Solution can cause your weight to increase. Exercise regularly and take a balanced diet that includes whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables and fat-free products to manage your weight. You may also consult with a dietician to get a diet plan that suits you best.
Q. How long does it take to see results with Minoxy 5% Solution?
Since hair growth is a slow process, it may take some time before you see new hair growth after starting the treatment with Minoxy 5% Solution. You need to use Minoxy 5% Solution for 4 months to see its effects.
Q. Do I need to wash my hair every day when using Minoxy 5% Solution?
No, it is not required to shampoo your hair every day before applying Minoxy 5% Solution. However, if you shampoo your hair, make sure your scalp is dry before using Minoxy 5% Solution.
Q. How often should Minoxy 5% Solution be applied?
The general recommendation is that Minoxy 5% Solution should be used twice daily. Follow your doctor's instructions and take it in the dose and duration advised by your doctor.
Q. Can Minoxy 5% Solution be used for beard growth?
No, Minoxy 5% Solution should not be used for beard growth. It is indicated only for growth of hair on scalp in patients with a family history of hair loss.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 14th Mar 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.