Question: Does Oral minoxidil work better than topical?

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).

Is oral minoxidil safe for long term use?

From the safety point of view, we recommend not prescribing oral minoxidil to elderly patients with an increased risk for myocardial infarction, heart failure, chronic renal failure, or severe hypertension; oral minoxidil should be considered only in healthy subjects.

Can oral minoxidil replace topical?

There are also reports of patients who become allergic to it. As a result, they stop using this topical treatment and try to find other options to stop hair loss and improve the appearance of their hair. Oral minoxidil can be used instead when topical minoxidil cannot be used for all the above reasons.

Is topical minoxidil more effective?

Studies show that the higher concentration of minoxidil is more effective than the lower one. In one study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, men were assigned to three different groups: 5% minoxidil, 2% minoxidil, or placebo.

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Is Oral minoxidil bad for you?

The licensed indication for oral minoxidil is severe high blood pressure unresponsive to standard treatment. Side effects of oral minoxidil therapy are dose related and include low blood pressure, increased heart rate and fluid retention (see page 3).

What happens if you stop taking oral minoxidil?

If you stop taking it suddenly: Your high blood pressure can rebound (get high again quickly). This may increase your chance for a heart attack or stroke. Do not stop taking minoxidil or any other high blood pressure medication without talking to your doctor.

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.

Does Oral minoxidil block DHT?

DHT is a hormone associated with male pattern baldness, but Rogaine does not affect DHT.