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If you have used Nioxin , 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.

Bad liver and chemical smell
Date: 1/9/2012
I have used the Nioxin system 3 for 40 days and have noticed that my liver has been really bad since. Moreover, I feel that my skin has this smell of chemical ingredients. Is this product toxic? I have already made an appointment with my doctor – something is not okay.


AskDocWeb: Please share what your doctor has to say after evaluating your situation.

Major headaches
Date: 1/24/2012
I have currently been using nioxin for 2 days and I have notice that I have major headaches. Should I discontinue using this product???


AskDocWeb: That would be one way to find out if the product were the cause of the headaches. If the headaches stop and come back when the product is used again, that would tell you.

Scalp treatment?
Date: 1/25/2012
Hi there, does this mean the leave in scalp treatment is okay? It does not apear to contain any of the sulphates in question?? I really like nioxen; my hair is starting to grow back again, but I am worried about it being carcinogenic. Thanks,


AskDocWeb: According to a Material Safety Data Sheet provided by the manufacturer, Nioxin System Scalp Treatments 2, 4, and 6 do not contain Sodium Laureth. The concern about carcinogenic contaminants in Nioxin products only applies to those products that contain Sodium Laureth.

Headaches, dizziness, and sore neck and shoulders
Date: 2/14/2012
I have been experiencing headaches, dizziness, and my neck and shoulders are sore and stiff. When awaken in the morning I feel terrible. As the day progresses (as long as I don’t use the scalp treatment spray) it starts to subside. Will stop using the number 1 treatment plan to see if it subsides. Will not use it again if it clears up with not using it. I have not taken, eaten or changed medications. This is the only change there has been and I am not comfortable with it at all. They may say no side effects, but after reading the above statements and my own experience I think there should be more information for the consumer. No ingredients are even listed on the box or bottles??? A very concerned consumer.


pH balance
Date: 2/15/2012
What is the PH balance of Nioxin shampoo’s?


AskDocWeb: Using the search box on their website returned no results so it appears that they do not publish that information.

Extreme migraines
Date: 3/11/2012
My 15 year old daughter has been using nioxin for about four weeks and has been experiencing extreme migraines to the point of hospitalization. I came on this site on a whim as I am desperately trying to find the cause. I NEVER thought there could possibly be a connection!!! We will discontinue using immediately. How is this allowed to be sold without any warning labels!!!


AskDocWeb: Headaches are one of the known side effects of the contaminant 1,4-dioxane. Other possible side effects include drowsiness, vertigo, and anorexia. Human and animal studies identify the liver and kidneys as the target organs for 1,4-dioxane toxicity following short-term exposure to high doses (regardless of the route of exposure). Chronic exposure may result in dermatitis or possible liver and kidney damage.

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Unfortunately the FDA has not established a safe limit for 1,4-dioxane and does not require warning labels for such contaminants.

Viviscal products?
Date: 4/29/2012
What do you know about Viscal or Viviscal products?

AskDocWeb: It appears that Viviscal is called Nourkrin in the UK & Ireland and Viviscal in the USA where it is not an FDA approved medication. It is a supplement made from a secret, high protein blend of marine origin extracts. When they say it contains a secret ingredient, we always wonder how people are supposed to know if they are allergic to it or not if they don’t know what is in it.

Made in Finland, Viviscal contains horsetail extract, also known as Equisetum Arvense. There are reports that the horsetail extract makes some people’s skin itch.

Date: 5/22/2012
I start using nioxin for a week. Three days ago I began to get tried and my head start hurting. I just thought I needed some rest until today when I start having throbing pains on the left side of the back of my head. I don’t have migraines or bad headaches so I knew something had to be causing it. From this site it looks as though a headache is a running theme for this product. I am going to stop using it for the next couple of days to make sure that it is the Nioxin.

Throbing pain in the back of my head

Very weird
Date: 6/2/2012
Been using Nioxin shampoo for the past month and recently had a tingling sensation all over the left side of my head with some shooting pains…very weird. After reading here, it seems that this is common. I’ve also seen my blood pressure go up recently and could not figure out why. I’ve also experienced heat around my head, as if my head is really hot like a sunburn. I think I may stop using this now!!!


AskDocWeb: Please let us know if the symptoms go away after discontinuing the product.

Stiff neck
Date: 6/7/2012
I have been using Nioxin for three months. One morning, about three weeks ago, I woke up and could not turn my head as I had a terrible stiff neck. Stiff necks from sleeping always go away in a day or two. I still had the stiff neck a week ago, even though it is much improved. Never dreamed it was the Nioxin. I have stopped using Nioxin. I am getting better each day. I am very upset.


Nioxin 2,Scalp Therapy compared to Minoxidil #5
I have hair loss and have been using Nioxin 2 – Cleanser and Scalp Therapy for a long time. I have a sensitive scalp and was afraid to try the Scalp Treatment. My dr. told me about Minoxidil #5. Can you compare these two products, Nioxin 2,Scalp Therapy – and Minoxidil #5? Thanks.


AskDocWeb: It is difficult to make a comparison when a company doesn’t publish the complete list of ingredients for their product. The Nioxin website appears to list only a partial general description of Nioxin 2,Scalp Therapy.

Allergic to limonene
For the past year I have tried every type of shampoo to help my sore itchy scalp. This week I finally got to see a dermatologist who diagnosed that I am allergic to limonene – it is in nearly everything. ! Cutting it out of life is going to be a major – but worthwhile – challenge. Hope this post helps others with this problem.


AskDocWeb: Limonene is used as a flavoring in many foods, beverages, and chewing gum. In pharmaceuticals, limonene is added to help medicinal ointments and creams penetrate the skin. In manufacturing, it is used as a fragrance in many cleaners and as an ingredient in water-free hand cleansers. Good luck!

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