Does Oral minoxidil work for hair loss?

How long does it take for oral minoxidil to work?

It is best to take treatment for 6 to 12 months to give it enough time to work. The only head to head study comparing oral minoxidil to topical minoxidil in women with Female Pattern Hair Loss showed that 1mg of minoxidil gave comparable effects to 5% solution (1ml) once a day (Ramos et al 2020).

Does oral minoxidil work better?

Conclusion: Oral minoxidil was found to be an effective and well-tolerated treatment alternative for healthy patients having difficulty with topical formulations.

Is oral minoxidil safe?

The doses we use for hair loss are low and overall, it is considered to be a safe treatment. The most common side effects are increased hair on other areas of the body, ankle swelling, headaches, and a skin rash.

Can minoxidil worsen hair loss?

Increased hair loss, one of the most publicized side effects of minoxidil, is often the result of hair follicles rapidly moving through the hair growth cycle and shedding before an anagen phase.

Has anyone died from minoxidil?

A total of eight deaths occurred during Upjohn- sponsored clinical trials of topical minoxidil, and two more are knoWn to have occurred in patients who used extemporaneous forms of the drug.

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Do doctors prescribe oral minoxidil?

Minoxidil is a prescription medicine used to treat the symptoms of Severe or Refractory Hypertension (high blood pressure). Minoxidil may be used alone or with other medications. Minoxidil belongs to a class of drugs called Vasodilators.

Can you gain weight from minoxidil?

Your hands, feet, ankles, stomach, or face can swell as a result of salt and water retention caused when taking minoxidil. Water retention may cause a sudden weight gain of five pounds or more.

Is finasteride better than minoxidil?

According to experts at Harvard University, finasteride is more effective than minoxidil for the treatment of hair loss. Up to two-thirds of people who use finasteride for male pattern baldness report good results in terms of new hair growth.