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If you use Minoxidil, please help others by sharing your experience with side effects. 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.

Once in two days!
Date: 6/18/2012
Hellow.. i am 17 years old, I am using Avogain 5%…. Once in two days..!! as ma doctor suggested… but I am not gettin any noticeable difference…. minimum how many months should i continue.. is it enough to use once in 2 days..?? will my hair fall reduce..??


AskDocWeb: It’s important to see a dermatologist before using any hair loss treatment to make sure that you don’t have a medical cause for your hair loss that might need treatment. Don’t expect to see any results if you limit use to once every two days. The directions for minoxidil, that’s the active ingredient in Avogain, say to apply it twice a day. If you do that for 3 or 4 months then you may “start” to see results.

Mintop 10%
Date: 6/19/2012
I am use mintop 10% this is safe.


AskDocWeb: Safe is a relative term. Please read the side effects of the active ingredient in Mintop, minoxidil.

Mintop, onion juice, and coconut oil
Date: 6/19/2012
I’m suffering from hairfall since 3 yrs. I lost almost my 60% hair recently I had shaved my head. My frnd told me apply mintop nd I have started to apply it with onion juice, coconut oil, is there chance that my hair wil regrow pls help me out bcoz I feel guilty to step out


AskDocWeb: There is a chance but it will take several months before you see any possible results. According to an article published in the Journal of Dermatology, a study examined the effectiveness of onion juice for alopecia areata. It is difficult to conclude much with such a small group of test subjects, only 23. However, 20 of them experienced hair regrowth after just six weeks so there may be something to that.

Practitioners of Ayurveda, a holistic medicine approach used in India for 5,000 years, claim that coconut oil yields significant results when used as a treatment for hair loss. According to, a 2003 study found that coconut oil can penetrate the hair shaft, helping to prevent damage caused by protein loss. The study’s findings also suggest that protein loss leads to cases of hair loss. While two additional studies found that the anti-microbial agents in coconut oil prevent head lice, further scientific research is needed to validate claims of the oil’s efficacy on treating hair loss. Good luck, and let us know how well that works for you.

Regarding safe pregnancy!
Date: 6/19/2012
As I am a 22years old female, if i continue the use of provillus or minoxidil for hair loss treatment, will it be harmful at the time of my pregnancy?!


AskDocWeb: The topical form of minoxidil has not been evaluated in those using it during pregnancy and there are no clinical studies on that. The oral (pill) form of minoxidil is not recommended for use during pregnancy. This results from only 4 reported cases of minoxidil exposure in human pregnancy. In 2 of these 4 cases, minoxidil was associated with congenital abnormalities, but the presence of other drugs used make implication of minoxidil as the sole cause uncertain. One infant, whose mother was taking minoxidil throughout gestation, showed no adverse effects.

The FDA has assigned minoxidil to pregnancy category C. Animal studies have failed to reveal evidence of teratogenicity, but reduced conception rates and an increased incidence of fetal absorption have been observed in rabbits given 5 times the usual human dose. Minoxidil is only recommended for use during pregnancy when there are no alternatives and benefit outweighs risk.

Date: 6/22/2012
Hello, I am a 30 years old female, my hair r falling in a extreme way, my friend suggest me to apply mintop 2%, I’m applying mintop 2% since 3 m feeling headache after using It, can someone help me out? should I stop it or it is a Normal side effect..!


AskDocWeb: Headaches are listed as one of the possible side effects that should be reported to your doctor.

What’s best for women?
Date: 6/23/2012
Hi, I have been using minoxidil 2% for 3 weeks till now and i just want to know whats the best for women 2% or 5% ,and when the now hair should start grow thank you.


AskDocWeb: In the USA only the 2% solution is approved for use in women by the Food and Drug Administration. There were too many reports of unwanted facial hair growth by women who used the 5% formula. If it works for you then you should start seeing results by the end of the fourth month.

I’m planning for my marriage
Date: 6/23/2012
I start today mitop 5% today is i have to take any vitamin tablets with it and is it effect on my sperm or my sexual ability….. I’m asking it because I’m planning for my marriage pl


AskDocWeb: Most of the research on minoxidil and its effect on fertility have been done for the oral form, which is used to treat severe high blood pressure. Topical minoxidil does not seem to have any effect on fertility. Since it is applied to the skin the effects are local and unlikely to affect the rest of the body. The only exception to that comes from the Mayo Clinic, which says that if too much is used (overdose) then it may have an effect on your libido or cause erectile dysfunction. Good luck with the family plans!

Minoxidil and washing hair
Date: 6/29/2012
I had a douubt sir when will i wash my hair after appllyed minoxidil. Will i wash my hair 2 to 3 days after apply minoxidil or can i apply in night time and wash in the morning pls let me know how to use it


AskDocWeb: The directions say that after applying Minoxidil, it must remain on the scalp for at least 4 hours so that the medication can be absorbed into the skin. Please keep in mind that minoxidil is flammable so be careful around open flame until it has dried.

Derobin ointment
Date: 7/2/2012
Hello Askdocweb this is Anjali 18f, i have hair loss problem. so someone suggested me to use derobinn ointment on the sclap because it is really very effective. I have been using that ointment since one week my skin becomes red but after washing, redness disappears. Some black spots are appearing on my skin like that of a man when he shaves his moustache i want to know that should i continue using derobinn?


AskDocWeb: Derobin ointment is a compound product containing 1.15% dithranol, 1.15% salicylic acid and 5.3% coal tar. It is used to treat a skin disease called psoriasis. Do you have psoriasis? If not then using it on normal skin could cause problems. You may need to consult with a dermatologist for an evaluation of your scalp condition.

Cost of minoxidil
Date: 7/2/2012
Sir, how many cost of minoxidil 5%. Plz sir fasly reply. I dont know about it.


AskDocWeb: In the USA, the cost of minoxidil ranges from $35.00 to $65.00 per month.

Oily hair
Date: 7/3/2012
Can I use minoxidil solution on my oily hair or do I need to wash it before using the lotion. Is it available at any medical stores or only at specific ones. Thanks

Persian prince

AskDocWeb: Keep in mind that the idea is to apply the minoxidil to the scalp so that it can soak into the skin around the roots of your hair. It does nothing beneficial if it gets on the shaft of the hair that is already grown.

Washing your hair is optional but the directions for minoxidil say to make sure your hair and scalp are completely dry before applying it. Most pharmacies stock minoxidil or one of its brand names; Rogaine, Rogaine Women’s, Rogaine Men’s Extra Strength, Hair Regrowth Treatment for Women.
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