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Generic Name: minoxidil topical

It is used to increase new hair growth in cases of hereditary hair loss
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What is this medicine?

MINOXIDIL (mi NOX i dill) is used to increase new hair growth in cases of hereditary hair loss. When applied to the scalp, this medicine can promote hair growth in men with male pattern baldness. This medicine can also help women with thin hair and frontal hair loss. Women should not use extra-strength minoxidil products.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • frontal hair loss or receding hairline
  • no family history of hair loss
  • sudden or patchy hair loss
  • unknown reason for hair loss
  • your scalp is red, inflamed, infected or painful
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to minoxidil, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use on the scalp only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions that come with the product. The hair and scalp should be dry before you use this medicine. You do not need to shampoo your hair before each application. Do not use more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. This medicine is not approved for use in children.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other medicines on the scalp without asking your doctor or health care professional.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

This medicine must be used on a regular basis for your hair to regrow. It may take 2 to 4 months of regular use before you notice any improvement. It is important to continue to use this product to maintain regrowth of hair. Once you stop using it, the regrown hair will usually fall out within 3 months. If you do not see any new hair growth after 4 months, stop using this product and contact your doctor or health care professional.

Do not get this medicine in your eyes, nose, mouth, or on other sensitive areas. If you do, rinse off with plenty of cool tap water. Always wash your hands after use. Do not apply if your scalp is cut, scraped, or sunburned.

Some people may notice changes in hair color or texture after using this medicine.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • chest pain or palpitations
  • dizziness or fainting
  • skin rash, blisters, or itching
  • sudden weight gain
  • swelling of the hands or feet

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • headache
  • redness, irritation and itching at the site of application
  • unusual hair growth, on the face, arm, and back

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Some products may be flammable. Keep away from heat, fire or flame. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


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