Monday, 24 December 2012

Minoxidil For Thinning Hair

Minoxidil is the first medical hair loss treatment that was proven to reverse female hair loss and to be medically licensed by the MHRA in the UK and ‘FDA Approved‘ in the USA. It falls into a class of treatments known as growth stimulants as it slows down hair loss and stimulates hair regrowth. Initially Minoxidil was used for the treatment of high blood pressure. Coincidentaly it produced an interesting side effect. People who were being treated for high BP noticed an increase in their hair growth and in some cases, significant hair regrowth was experienced. Since then a topical solution of minoxidil, first developed by UpJohn Corp, has been used for treating hair loss in men and women.

Minoxidil increases the blood supply to the area that it is applied which increases the nutrients delivered to the hair follicles and prevents shrinkage of the follicles, resulting in prevention of female hair loss and regrowth of the hair in most cases. Minoxidil acts by opening up potassium channels, which has been found to prevent male and female hair loss.
Minoxidil For Thinning Hair

Two daily applications for up to four months may be required before evidence of hair regrowth is observed. The onset and degree of hair regrowth may be variable among different patients treated with this medicine. If hair regrowth occurs, two daily applications are necessary for additional and continued hair growth. First hair growth may be soft, downy, colorless hair that is barely visible. After further treatment, however, the new hair should be the same color and thickness as the other hair on the scalp.

If one or two applications are missed, restart twice daily applications and return to the usual schedule. Do not attempt to make up for missed doses or use more than 2 mL at a time. Do not use on sunburned skin.

It is important to continue to use minoxidil for the entire time prescribed by your doctor, even if hair growth does not appear within several months. If there is no hair growth after at least four months or more, consult with your doctor, as this medication may not be effective for you.It is usually applied in a 1-3% solution twice a day. It must be used for a about four months to see the benefits.

Side effects

Common side effects of minoxidil include burning or irritation of the eye, itching, redness or irritation at the treated area, as well as unwanted hair growth elsewhere on the body. Users should stop treatment and seek medical attention right away if they experience any of the following serious side effects: Severe allergic reactions. Side effects include skin irritation, dryness of the scalp along with flaking and itching. Systemic absorption may also occur leading to chest pain, increased heat beat and bloating of the face, feet and hands.


Minoxidil should be kept away from children. It is unknown if minoxidil passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the drug.