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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.

Minokem and Hypothyroidism?
Hi! I am using Minokem n for the first time, i really hope it is gonna work for me. I wanted to know does it also help with hair loss due to hypo hypothyroidism? I am shedding my front hair very badly, and also I have a very stressful job as a field engineer.


AskDocWeb: The Minoxidil in Minokem has been reported to help with hair loss in those with thyroid problems but it does not work in all cases. However, it is worth trying. Note that some thyroid medications have hair loss as a side effect, which is something you may want to consider.

New hair after hair transplant
Hi AskDocWeb. I just had a hair transplant 6 weeks ago and I’ve had great success so far. 3 days after transplant I started using minoxidil 5 in morning and night. After 2 weeks i shed my hair which I’m surpose to and week 4 i notice im already growing my hair new hair which is very early after a transplant as they say any new growth should take anywhere from 3-5 months and my question is, is that am I growing my hair much earlier due to the minoxidil.


AskDocWeb: The amount of time it takes to grow new hair by using minoxidil varies from one individual to the next. It sounds like you may be one of those lucky few who respond very well to this medication. Good for you.

Vision loss?
Me and my husband are prescribed to use topical minoxidil solution 2% and 3% daily twice daily (1ml) for hair loss, i heard that this medicine is affect on nerve system and cause for vision loss, is that true?, any one can give an advise, im relay afraid because we both have to use that for hair fall for a long time, is it is better to avoid that medicine? plz help me.

Mrs. V

AskDocWeb: A change in vision is listed among the rare side effects (less than 0.1%) of the pill form of minoxidil. How prevalent that side effect is for the topical form of minoxidil is unknown but the risk would seem to be less. The manufacturer cautions that men and women using minoxidil should immediately seek medical attention when experiencing any changes in vision. In animal studies researchers found that minoxidil does not enter the central nervous system. However, minoxidil does cause potassium channels to trigger impulses to cells in the nervous system. This is thought to regulate hormone secretion and stimulate hair growth.

Medications that interact with minoxidil
Hi, I am using Minoxidil 5% and Spiro 100mg nightly for FPHL. My question is – are there any medications I can’t use while using the above? I am suffering severe hay fever at the moment and would like to use an antihistamine but I am not sure if it’s safe to do so. Can you please advise?


AskDocWeb: There are currently no known drug interactions associated with the use of topical minoxidil. Although it has not been clinically demonstrated, there exists the theoretical possibility that absorbed minoxidil may lower the blood pressure in patients currently taking peripheral vasodilators. In vitro studies have shown that the use of paracetamol (a fever reducer) may inhibit the stimulation of hair growth by minoxidil. Other drugs for topical use such as tretinoin and anthralin/dithranol, which alter the stratum corneum barrier, could result in increased absorption of minoxidil if applied concurrently. Antihistamines are not known to interact with minoxidil.

EPIVITE tablets
I have also hair loss problem but now i take EPIVITE tabletsa” my question is that this tablets can increase or efect body hair? Ok bye


AskDocWeb: EPIVITE tablets appear to contain the following ingredients:

  • Vitamin A 3500 IU
  • Calcium 270 mg
  • Vitamin C 120 mg
  • Vitamin E 60 IU
  • Vitamin B6 10 mg
  • Riboflavin 8.5 mg
  • Selenium 50 mcg
  • Zinc 45 mg
  • Silicon 20 mg
  • Lycopene 5 mg
  • Manganese 5 mg
  • Copper 2 mg
  • Biotin 600 mcg
  • Folate 400 mcg
  • Chromium 200 mcg

For the average healthy adult there is nothing in EPIVITE tablets that would affect or increase the growth of body hair.

Does it really work?
I am 22 yr old and i have hairloss from 8 months .. i have started treatment with finax and minoxidil from last 1 month .. i wanna know that does it really work with regular use? .. and how much time it does take to start giving result?


AskDocWeb: That combination stops the progression of hair loss in the majority of men (83%), and results in hair regrowth in over 65% of men. Most men start seeing results within 3 to 4 months. However, you should know that this is not a cure. These products have to be used continuously in order to keep the hair from falling out.

Time period for use
I used mintop 5% in 2010 i saw sum grt result regrowth in hairs..after 6 months of usage i stopped ths product..after few months i loose all my hairs which minoxidil produced for me now m in worst position of my hairs 30% m bald..nw i startd mintop 10% n dermatologist suggestd me to take biotine and finestride pill both in a much longer i hav to use mintop there any time period or course of this product plz do the needful.


AskDocWeb: The course of treatment for hair loss products has no time limit. Long-term, that is probably their biggest disadvantage. You have to continue using the product or you lose all of the hair that the product helps grow. This is true for Mintop, finasteride, Provillus, and other treatments for hair loss. They do not “cure” hair loss they only “treat” it.

Which minoxidil for women?
Hi I’m 50 female, which dose of minoxidil Should be used by me? Is it safe to use 5% or 10%? Plz reply! Regards.


AskDocWeb: In the USA only the 2% version is approved for use by women. The 5% and stronger solutions are reported to cause the growth of unwanted facial hair and the growth body hair on women. That is not something that most people find attractive.

No results
Hello I am using minoxidil 5% not every day but every second day. My doctor make a coctail for my hair with elocom(cortizon) hair tonic lotion and minoxidil and I mixed all of them together in a bottle and I put it on my hair. I want to ask you if it’s the right way because three years now I never see any results and the last year I had heartbeats and burn in my chest. Probably I put a lot and overdosis make damage please I waiting your answer thank you.


AskDocWeb: It is surprising that your doctor continues to prescribe this beyond one year with no results. To continue with a treatment that doesn’t work after three years is unacceptable. In the USA we have consumer protection laws intended to prevent such things from happening. Please consider consulting with a reputable dermatologist.
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