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Can Oral Minoxidil Kill You? (FAQ)

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1Can Minoxidil Cause Death?

There is little likelihood of significant adverse effects attributable to topical minoxidil because of its low systemic absorption. The evidence suggests that these deaths were the result of causes other than use of the drug.

2Is Oral Minoxidil Harmful?

Minoxidil is used for long-term drug treatment. It comes with serious risks if you don’t take it as prescribed. If you don’t take it at all: Your high blood pressure may get worse. You will have a higher chance of a heart attack or stroke.

3Does Oral Minoxidil Cause Heart Problems?

Minoxidil may increase chest pain (angina) or cause other heart problems. If chest pain occurs or worsens while you are taking this medication, call your doctor immediately. Your doctor may prescribe other mediciations as part of your minoxidil therapy.

4How Common Are Oral Minoxidil Side Effects?

Side effects are very uncommon at the low doses which are used to treat hair loss. The largest study looking at side effects (Vañó-Galván et al 2021) showed that in 943 women and 461 men, 2.5% of women and 0.5% of men had to stop treatment because of a side effect.

5Is Oral Minoxidil Toxic?

FDA warnings

This drug has black box warnings. A black box warning is the most serious warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It alerts doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous. Chest pain warning: Minoxidil can increase your heart rate and cause or worsen chest pain.

6What Is The Success Rate Of Oral Minoxidil?

Oral minoxidil significantly increased hair growth, with a mean change in total hair counts + 19.23% from baseline at week 24; global photographic assessment revealed 100% improvement (increase > + 1 score), with 43% of patients showing excellent improvement.

7Is Oral Minoxidil Less Effective?

Topical minoxidil can cause irritation

In clinical studies, the topical and oral versions were about equally effective at reducing or reversing hair loss, but the oral option was more likely to cause side effects (Ramos, 2020).

8Can Minoxidil Tablets Cause Hair Loss?

Hair loss may continue for 2 weeks after you start using minoxidil. Tell your doctor if your hair loss continues after 2 weeks. Also, tell your doctor if your hair growth does not increase after using minoxidil for 4 months.