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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.

Minoxidil on beard?
Date: 6/7/2006
I am suffering from Alopecia areta over my beard from 3 months. My doctor prescribed me Minokem-n 5%, Diprovate plus cream and Folliterm tablets. Kindly guide me about this treatment in details. Can minoxidil useful in alopecia over beard? Apart from that I am also suffering from alopecia of scalp and male pattern baldness. So can I use minoxidil over scalp also? My age is just 23.


AskDocWeb: This forum is limited to discussing the side effects of minoxidil. Please remember that we do not give medical advice. That should always come from your local health care provider.

Chlorine in water?
Date: 6/7/2006
Sir I have had hair transplant for frontal side area in August 2011 in Lucknow and took tablets essviatl and minioxidel 5 % spray for 3 months result come good. I have got good denesity in whole head bt recently in 2013 January I got posting in mangalore here water is not suits me started severe hair fall daily I am loosing 60- 70 hair and denesity has been reduced to 50 % here in chlorine in water is more, plz suggest me wat, my marrige is sheduled to next year. Kindly advice me what should I do I am taking androanagen tablet 1 per day and 15 days has been over it was suggested by my docter who did ht. Plz guide accordingly.


AskDocWeb: We can answer questions about side effects but for advice you need to consult with your local doctor.

While chlorine can turn your hair green and dry out and weaken hair strands, research has not linked this chemical to hair loss or balding.

Alopecie androgeno-dependante
Date: 6/7/2006
hi, can i use minoxidil if i have an alopecie androgeno-dependante and if i had already made keratine for my hair


AskDocWeb: Sorry Katia, we do not speak French. If your “keratine” refers to the hair straightening product currently gaining popularity, that is a controversy that has yet to be resolved. There is a concern about formaldehyde in those products. The EPA and the National Cancer Institute have identified formaldehyde as a carcinogen and in animal studies it’s been shown to cause cancers in the nasal linings of rats and other creatures. According to cosmetic guidelines and regulations, the amount of formaldehyde is supposed to be limited to .2 percent. That’s two tenths of one percent although there are reports of up to 20 percent formaldehyde being found in some hair straighteners. Not recommended.

Livon Hair Gain or Mintop Forte?
Date: 6/8/2006
which shows better results livon hair gain or mintop forte?


AskDocWeb: The active ingredient in Mintop Forte (minoxidil) has been clinically proven to stimulate the growth of hair. Unfortunately the ingredients in Livon hair gain tonic seem to be a secret. We see that as a red flag of concern. Why? Because those who have allergies have no way of knowing how the product might affect them. The advertising for Livon hair gain tonic claim results in 15 days and that is another cause for concern. Legitimate products for hair loss take months to work.

Stopping Topgain
Date: 6/8/2006
Hi, I am 33 female. I am using topgain since 7 years. In these years vi had no problem, delivered baby. But now I want to stop. Please tell me what will be the side effects. Can I slowly refuce dose


AskDocWeb: If you are talking about the product used to stop hair loss the only effect noted for discontinuing is the loss of the hair growth that the product stimulated. There may be an increase in hair loss over the following few months after stopping use.

Mintop Fort 5%
Date: 6/13/2006
i am really confused after reading all these feedbacks. i have started using mintop fort (minoxidil 5%) today itself. i had a problem of fall before 3-4 months. after getting some ayurveda treatment my problem was solved but i want to regrow my fallen hairs so i started minoxidil treatment. what should i do? should i stop using it or should i continue it?


AskDocWeb: If it produces the results you want without unacceptable side effects then why not continue using it?

How long does it take for hair loss to stop?
Date: 6/14/2006
Firstly,I would like to thank you for your valuable suggestions here. From the past 5months i have severe hair fall and visited dermatalogist, he prescribed me Dr.reddy’s mintop 5%. And now i am using it regularly from one week and i could see the difference where some of the hair started to grow but it seems my hair fall increased than before. how many days it will take to stop my hair fall.


AskDocWeb: The product data we have says that if your hair loss continues beyond two weeks you should contact your doctor.

Minoxidil 2% gel
Date: 6/15/2006
Minoxidil 2% gel i’m a 19 year old girl. and i was experiencing unwanted hairfall especially from front and my dermatologists adviced me to use this gel daily. Its been 15days now. how long should i use this gel even after getting good results…can i stop using it gradually after gaining hair? please let me know soon. and yes my doctor blamed that it was also due to skipping my food!!is it true???


AskDocWeb: Not eating a well-balanced diet is one of the known causes of hair loss. That can cause deficiencies in several vitamins and minerals that you need to grow healthy hair. If you do not get enough of the following it can cause hair loss and unhealthy hair:

  • beta-carotene
  • biotin
  • calcium
  • inositol
  • iodine
  • iron
  • magnesium
  • niacin
  • pantothenic acid
  • selenium
  • vitamin A
  • vitamin B12
  • vitamin B6
  • vitamin C
  • vitamin D
  • zinc

You should know that minoxidil is a growth stimulant for hair and, if it produces good results, that result is likely to be lost if you discontinue using it.

About something I read
Date: 6/16/2006
I read that hair grown by minoxidile will last for 48 weeks only then it will vanish, so will the shedded hair after 48 weeks grown by minoxidile will come back or not???


AskDocWeb: The idea that the effectiveness of Minoxidil is limited to 48 weeks is not true. That is a generalization based on a statement taken from Drug Facts from the FDA, which says: “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.” The “48 weeks” is the length of time that Minoxidil was tested in the clinical trials. There is no clinical indication of what results you might expect after that because that remains untested in a clinical setting.
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