What is Minoxidil

Minoxidil was widely known as Loniten and was taken orally to control high blood pressure, nevertheless an interesting side effect was founded which was: hair growth.Minoxidil may cause increased growth or darkening of fine body hairs, or in some cases, significant hair growth. When the medication is discontinued, the hair loss will return to normal rate within 30 to 60 days. Upjhn Corporation produced the 1st topical solution that contained 2% minoxidil to be used to treat baldness.

The mechanism by which minoxidil promotes hair growth is not fully understood. Minoxidil contains the nitric oxide chemicals moiety could possibly act as a nitric oxide agonist. Like wise minoxidil is a potassium channel opener, causing hyperpolarisations of cell membranes. Minoxidill is less effective when combating large areas of hair loss. The effectiveness ofminoxidil is established in younger men and for those who are suffering from hair loss less then 5 years.

Side effects of Minoxidil

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 (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; dizziness; fainting; fast heartbeat; sudden, unexplained weight gain; swollen hands or feet.

Alcohol and propylene glycol present in some topical preparations may dry the scalp, resulting in dandruff and contact dermatitis.


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