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If you use Minoxidil, please help others by adding your feedback. What would you tell your best friend about this product? Please remember that we do not give medical advice. That is for your local health care provider, who is familiar with your medical history.

Subj: Hair loss in 21 year old
Date: 10/11/2007
My name is Bilal and I am 21 years old and my problem is hair loss, about two and half years. So I am worried about my hair. My hair is very thin. When I wash my hair and taking hand on my hair, so at least 20-30 hair loss suddenly. It is happening daily for about two years. I am using minoxidil 5% for about 10 days but no results but my hair is very dry and thinner. I am so worried about this matter. Please help me and suggest me. I am also using EpiVite tablet for hairs about 10 days.

AskDocWeb: You may be using the wrong product. Please visit a dermatologist to find out why you are loosing hair.

Subj: Need hair to conceal burn scars
Date: 10/13/2007
I'm 55 years old and had a full growth of hair on my scalp till recently. Now the front and back have started thinning. I need to keep a good growth to conceal some burn scars on my forehead. Do you think at this age it might be possible to reduce loss of hair using Propecia or should I go for Minoxil for regrowth? Your advice would be appreciated.

AskDocWeb: Either product is an option but be sure to read the side effects of any hair growth product before you start.

Subj: Facial hair
Date: 10/22/2007
I have been on rogaine for two months and have noticed facial hair over my lips and on the sides of my face. Is this common?

AskDocWeb: It is not common but people have reported growing hair in unwanted places, usually when the product gets on other areas but sometimes even in areas where the product has not been applied.

Subj: Ability to perform has decreased
Date: 10/26/2007
Hi, I have been using Regaine (5% Minoxidil) for about a year now, although I notice a difference and my hair has stopped falling, I am concerned about my loss in erectile function. My sexual desire has not decreased but my ability to perform and keep it up definitely has. Is this a side effect of Minoxidil? I am considering to switch to Saw Palmetto instead. Will that help? Regards,

AskDocWeb: Sexual side effects are a sign that too much Minoxidil is being absorbed into your body through your skin, in other words you are using too much or leaving it on too long. The Saw Palmetto you'll just have to try it.

Subj: Female 37
Date: 10/28/2007
Doctor prescribed me mintop 5%(Dr Reddy's). From last two days I have been using it. My falling of hair has stopped. I AM WORRIED ABOUT THE FACIAL HAIR GROWTH. I need to know
(1) Is the growth of facial hair is caused because mindoxil lotion for any reason came in contact with the face skin?
(2) Or simply it was absorbed by the scalp skin and then it affected the facial skin?
(3) Will I be able to understand its side effect within week of using it, or side effect might be observed later?

AskDocWeb: Hair growth is usually stimulated only on the skin where the Minoxidil is applied, not on other areas. Side effects are rare but when they do happen are most likely to appear soon after commencing treatment. They can, however, appear at any time.

Subj: Planning for pregnancy
Date: 10/28/2007
I am 36. Doctor has prescribed me Mintop 5% (Dr Reddy's) for one month. After 6 months I am planning for pregnancy. Should I use mintop for this one month? My scalp looks real bad.

AskDocWeb: The topical Minoxidil solution has not been studied in pregnant women. Before using this medicine, make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or if you plan on becoming pregnant.

Subj: Unconclusve results
Date: 10/31/2007
I feel lot of information portrayed here by AskDocWeb are not clear and conclusive. For instance one of your comments says - "Minoxidil is a vasodilator" I'm sure a lot of research has been done on minox and there is no conclusive results of how minoxidil works. There are ifs and buts about it being a Vascodilator but not conclusive. Similarly I find a peculiar information of 48 weeks effectiveness of minoxidil which no research has concluded. Of course for some cases it may have happened. But who knows it may work for a life time. So I feel that readers may be misdirected by citing these unconclusve results. The applications of products and the results greatly depends on lot of factors.

AskDocWeb: You seem to imply that Minoxidil is not a vasodilator. There are no ifs or buts about the fact that Minoxidil is a vasodilator. If you need proof, just look up Minoxidil on Wikipedia or any medical database.

The information about the effectiveness of Minoxidil being limited to 48 weeks comes from the Food and Drug Administration. Here's the quote from Drug Facts from the FDA "Hair regrowth has not been shown to last longer than 48 weeks of continuous treatment in large clinical trials with minoxidil topical solution 5% for men."

Subj: Applying Minoxidil
Date: 11/3/2007
What if I forget to put on product until around lunchtime, but still leave it on for at least 6 to 10 hours before my second application? Is that OK, or does it absolutely have to go on in the AM?

AskDocWeb: As long as you allow the Minoxidil to completely dry (2-4 hours) you should be okay.

Subj: Shedding
Date: 11/3/2007
My name is Anirudh and have started losing hair appreciably on the front side of the head. I have started using Mintop 5% and have noticed that my hair started shedding (as expected). My question is, I have developed flaking on the scalp which leads to dandruff, Will this side effect affect my hair? Also, I generally lose around 100 strands of hair in a day and around 150 when I shampoo my hair, Is this rate of fall okay?

AskDocWeb: The flaking will not affect your hair growth. The normal rate of hair loss is about 100 per day.

Subj: I'm slightly confused
Date: 11/6/2007
On the one hand, the feedback states that Minoxidil can be applied to anywhere where hair loss is to be treated but on the other hand states that it will not treat a receding hairline. As my primary hairloss is at my hairline, I would appreciate clarification of whether this drug will be of any use. If not, is there anything that would help? Much appreciated,

AskDocWeb: A few men have had success with using Minoxidil on the hairline but not enough for you to expect results. Currently there is no product available that we can recommend for results in that area.

Subj: Good effect or what?
Date: 11/14/2007
I'm 21 years old and started to lose hair 2 years ago now I'm thinking to use minoxidil to restore hair again, I wanna ask you, minoxildil well produce good effect or what? Should I use it?

AskDocWeb: The 2% Minoxidil has been shown to stimulate hair growth in about 30% of male patients. That means 3 out of 10 men have hair growth. Also keep in mind that hair growth has not been shown to last beyond 48 weeks. Use it or some other product but it is up to you to make that decision. We are here to keep track of side effects.

Subj: Dandruff and flaky scalp
Date: 11/20/2007
I had dandruff before starting to use rogaine, and would wash my hair with head and shoulders. I have started using rogaine and was just wondering whether head and shoulders would interfere with the rogaine. Are there any products you can recommend to use in connection with rogaine to combat dandruff and flaky scalp?

AskDocWeb: Nisim Biofactors.

Subj: Loss of erection
Date: 11/20/2007
I used rogaine and it works but the side effects aren't worth it. I had a loss of erection and I didn't know why but I did some research and found that it was caused by rogaine. I stopped using rogaine it's not worth it if you have a frequent sex life.

Subj: Frontal receding hair line
Date: 11/24/2007
Hi, would like to ask why rogaine is not suitable for people with frontal receding hair line? Many thanks,

AskDocWeb: Because in most cases it doesn't work there.

Subj: Very concerned
Date: 11/27/2007
I have been using minoxidil for one year. I just found out that my wife is pregnant. I am very concerned. I am afraid that this will affect the baby and cause birth defects.

AskDocWeb: The FDA has put topical Minoxidil topical in pregnancy category C. Animal studies using oral minoxidil have failed to reveal evidence of causing birth defects, but reduced conception rates and an increased incidence of fetal absorption have been observed in rabbits given 5 times the usual human oral dose. The manufacturer of topical Minoxidil says that it should not be administered to pregnant women.

Subj: Propecia, Rogaine and Advecia?
Date: 11/27/2007
I am a 65 year old female. My dermatologist has me on 1 mg propecia, I also use Rogaine. Can advecia be taken in conjunction with these products? Thanks.

AskDocWeb: We have seen nothing that would indicate any problem with using them together.

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