Minoxidil Side Effects

minoxidil-side-effectsMinoxidil Side Effects

Minoxidil side effects – Minoxidil is generally well tolerated, but common side effects include burning or irritation of the eye, itching, redness or irritation at the treated area, as well as unwanted hair growth elsewhere on the body.

Exacerbation of hair loss, alopecia, has been reported. Severe allergic reactions may include rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue, chest pain, dizziness, fainting, tachycardia, headache, sudden and unexplained weight gain, or swelling of the hands and feet.

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking/using minoxidil.

Temporary hair loss is a common side effect of minoxidil treatment.

Manufacturers note that minoxidil-induced hair loss is a common side effect and describe the process as “shedding”.
Alcohol and propylene glycol present in some topical preparations may dry the scalp, resulting in dandruff and contact dermatitis.

Some formulations of minoxidil substitute lipid nanosomes in order to reduce contact dermatitis from the alcohol and propylene glycol vehicle.

Oral minoxidil side effects may include swelling of the face and extremities, rapid and irregular heartbeat, lightheadedness, cardiac lesions, and focal necrosis of the papillary muscle and subendocardial areas of the left ventricle.

There have been cases of allergic reactions to minoxidil or the non-active ingredient propylene glycol, which is found in some topical minoxidil formulations. Pseudoacromegaly is an extremely rare side effect reported with large doses of oral minoxidil.

Minoxidil is excreted into breast milk. Because of the potential for adverse effects in nursing infants, minoxidil topical should not be used by nursing women.

Minoxidil topical should not be administered to pregnant women.

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