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Minoxidil oral - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on Apr 05, 2011
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Information about Minoxidil oral

Generic Name : Minoxidil oral
Pronunciation : mi nox' I dill
Latest prescription information about Minoxidil oral. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y52.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Hypertensives

Trade Names/Brand Names of Minoxidil oral

India- Adhair Soln, Coverit Lotion, Gromane Soln, Hair 4 U Lotion, Hairex Soln, Hygaine Soln, Inoxi Forte Topical Soln, Inoxi Topical Soln, Manexil Gel Gel, Minscalp Gel, Mintop Forte Soln, Mintop Soln, Morr F-Soln, Morr Soln, Multigain Spray, Pilogro Liqd, Rootz-M Soln, Shaltop Soln, Shaltop-A Soln, Topgain Topical Soln, Trigaine Soln, Tugain Soln.
International- Mintop, Multigain.

Why is Minoxidil oral Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a vasodilator, prescribed for hypertension. It relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow.


When should Minoxidil oral not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with pheochromocytoma (adrenal gland tumor) and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Minoxidil oral?

Adult- The recommended initial dose is 5 mg/day as a single dose. Maximum: 100mg/day.
Child- The initial dosage is 0.2 mg/kg/day as a single dose.

How should Minoxidil oral be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Minoxidil oral?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart disease, a heart attack, pheochromocytoma, or kidney disease, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause dizziness, lightheadedness or changes in vision, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

Avoid alcohol consumption.

What are the side effects of Minoxidil oral?

   Most common : Fluid retention accompanied body weight gain, swelling, inflammation of heart muscles and fast heart rate.
   Skin : Pigmentation, abnormal hair growth and allergic reactions.
   Blood : Decrease in white blood cells and platelets.
   Gastrointestinal : Nausea and vomiting.
   Miscellaneous : Breast tenderness.

What are the other precautions for Minoxidil oral?

Monitor electrolyte counts and body weight regularly while taking this medication.

What are the storage conditions for Minoxidil oral?

Store it at controlled room temperature (15-30C), and in an airtight container. Keep away from children.

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Minoxidil Treats High Blood Pressure and Prevents Hair loss or Alopecia

Minoxidil oral : Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can Minoxidil be used in the treatment of hair loss?

A: Oral minoxidil increased hair growth significantly in both men and women. The use of oral minoxidil as a treatment for hair loss in healthy persons who had difficulties using topical formulations has been shown to be effective and well-tolerated (1 Trusted Source
Efficacy and Safety of Oral Minoxidil 5 mg Once Daily in the Treatment of Male Patients with Androgenetic Alopecia: An Open-Label and Global Photographic Assessment

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Q: Can Minoxidil cause weight gain?

A: Yes, Minoxidil causes weight gain as a side effect. To lose weight, exercise regularly and eat a well-balanced diet rich in whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and fat-free products (2 Trusted Source

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Q: Is Minoxidil harmful to the liver?

A: As minoxidil is metabolized in the liver and has not been associated with any liver damage, it is not harmful to the liver (3 Trusted Source

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Q: When is the best time of day to take Minoxidil?

A: Although minoxidil works best when used twice a day, using it once a day will also be effective. Take this medication around the same time every day to remember to take it regularly (2 Trusted Source

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Q: How well does Minoxidil treat hypertension?

A: Minoxidil is used to control high blood pressure, but it does not completely cure the condition (2 Trusted Source

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  • 1. Efficacy and Safety of Oral Minoxidil 5 mg Once Daily in the Treatment of Male Patients with Androgenetic Alopecia: An Open-Label and Global Photographic Assessment - (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7649170/ )
  • 2. Minoxidil - ( https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682608.html )
  • 3. Minoxidil - (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK548394/# )
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Minoxidil5% is the same as Regaine Extra Strength. There are no differences in composition or quality because Kirkland Minoxidil 5% is actually manufactured by Pfizer, the same company that makes Regaine.

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