Consumer Reports on Minoxidil, page 72

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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.

New thin soft hairs
Date: 4/17/2006
Hi, I’m 21/m. I started minoxidil & aminexil ( Gainehair 5% ) with follihair and finasteride tablets in Feb 2013 for hair loss. I saw new hair regrowth all over the head and frontal area but they are very soft, thin and barely visible. I want to know will my new thin soft hairs convert into thicker and fuller hair and in what time? Thanks


AskDocWeb: Those thin, barely visible hairs are also usually light colored. This is typical when new hairs begin to grow and over time they get thicker and darken to your normal hair color. That usually takes several months but the exact amount of time is different for each individual.

No visible, result
Date: 4/17/2006
I am Febin age..30.last 4 year I am suffering from the hair loss, still i have 50% hair have in my all over head. In last 2 month I am using hairgain minoxidil 5% topical solution {product of medpharma, uae) its good or other any product is good, bec i have, I have no visible, using product good, or tell please tell the good medecian 4 me.


AskDocWeb: Unfortunately minoxidil does not work for everyone. If there is no early baldness in your family history then you may want to get a complete medical checkup to find out if the hair loss might be caused by a disease. You need to find that out before choosing a hair loss treatment.

Initial shed
Date: 4/20/2006
i used coverit five percent n shedded crazy. I had full hair just thought of using coverit as a proactive measure. no where it is written on patient leafet about the initial shed. I went almost in depression seeing my hair fall. Why do manufacturers dont write about initial shed. its playing with people.


AskDocWeb: They may think that it is covered by them saying that you should consult with a doctor if hair loss continues beyond two weeks. But yeah, we agree with you.

Date: 4/21/2006
Hi, can i use the solution without recommending any doctor?


AskDocWeb: In most countries minoxidil is available over-the-counter, no prescription is needed.

Slowly stopping minoxidil
Date: 4/22/2006
I used minoxidel 5perct for 1 and half year with fin 1mg and gained some good hairgrowth and my doc told me to continue only with fin and stop slowly minooxidel like thrice a week then slowly more less dosage and continue with fin for life time…but i nowhere found this experince on is it safe to do tat..i wont loose what i gain?….thanku..


AskDocWeb: We have read about others who have used minoxidil with finasteride and then stopping the minoxidil after varying periods of time. To date there are no reported problems in our forums with doing that.

Hair turning yellow
Date: 4/23/2006
I have just begun to use minoxidil 5% in the evening and 2% and 5% in alternate morning but my hairs in the minoxidil used area yellowing nevertheless I am pretty enthusiastic that so many persons are using it essentially provoking to give it a try whatever may be the result.


AskDocWeb: Changes in hair color and texture are known to occur as side effects for some people using minoxidil. Please let us know what you think three months from now. Good luck!

Can I shave my head?
Date: 4/26/2006
I’m Ajay, from today I started to use min 50% I don’t know how it works. But I have a doubt that can I shave my head and continue treatment. I am 22 already half bald so plz suggest me sir.


AskDocWeb: It would seem that your “50%” was a typo as minoxidil is not known to be sold in that strong a solution. We are not aware of any medical reason to avoid shaving your head as long as you do it safely.

Wrinkles near eyes
Date: 4/28/2006
Hi sir, I am using minoxi 5% for the past month as my doctor prescribed for me I am 22 already lost so much of hairs from the last 2 yrs.. I am getting wrinkles near my eyes because of using that.. y it is so??


AskDocWeb: If you use legitimate minoxidil correctly, you do not have to worry about it making wrinkles or making your face look old. Please review the directions for application to make sure you are using it right.

In very rare cases an overdose of minoxidil may result in Pseudoacromegaly. That’s a very rare condition that makes the skin look thick and coarse. However, Pseudoacromegaly is not one of the side effects for minoxidil when used as directed.

Growth of unwanted facial hair
Date: 4/29/2006
I am 21 years female. I have been using minoxidil 2% for past 2 months and now I’m noticing hair under my eyes, checks, side buns. Can this be side effect of the solution. I m really worried about my facial hair if it might grow more over. I reallly need help!!


AskDocWeb: Unfortunately the growth of unwanted facial hair is one of the possible side effects of using minoxidil. This occurs more often with the stronger solutions but it has also been reported by some women using the 2% formula.

Petition the FDA?
Date: 4/29/2006
I believe that there should be a prescription to buy Rogaine. It can and has caused a lot of damage to many users me included. I think that people that have had negative results should write a petition to submit to the FDA. They need to be aware of the horrible and dangerous side affects that rogaine has had on its users. Out of desperation we buy rogaine and although the side affects are written in box. There are so many that are not.


AskDocWeb: The Food and Drug Administration has a program called MedWatch for reporting serious reactions, product quality problems, therapeutic inequivalence/failure, and product use errors with medical products. You can submit reports three different ways. See Submitting Adverse Event Reports to FDA.
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