Minoxidil is a prevalent medication that is used for treating hair loss. Many people use it to promote hair growth. Besides that, it is highly effective for tackling androgen alopecia and receding hairlines.
One of the primary effects of this medication is to increase hair growth. It does this by altering the growth cycle phases. Besides that, some side effects also come with minoxidil.
All the side effects of this medication are minor, but we understand that you must want to know more about it. That is why below is a complete resource for minoxidil side effects.
There are some prevalent side effects of minoxidil. Here is what you need to know about them:
This side effect occurs in all users because it is how the medicine works. You should keep in mind that this only happens during the initial stages. Once your body adapts to the medication, the hair shedding will stop.
Typically, when you start your course, some hair will begin to fall. This is because minoxidil accelerates the resting phase of the growth cycle. However, the medication also extends the length of the growing period.
The overall result is that new hair grows faster and easily replaces the lost ones. Besides that, once the cycle adapts to the medication, the shedding will stop. That is why you shouldn’t stress out about this side effect.
The skin side effects are common in some users due to different reasons. A prevalent reaction that you may experience is irritation in the application area. In some users, a skin rash can also develop when using the medication in spray form.
Apart from that, some people may also experience burning feelings due to minoxidil. These side effects can occur as a reaction to minoxidil. In some cases, you may experience the symptom due to a substance in the medication.
For example, various minoxidil products contain alcohol as one of the ingredients. Sensitivity to it can result in skin irritation or rash.
Lesser-Known Minoxidil Side Effects
Some users can also experience lesser-known side effects. Typically, these occur rarely and only affect a small group of people. Below are the lesser-known minoxidil side effects:
- Inflammation near the roots of the hair
- Swelling of face
- Increase in facial hair
Minoxidil Side Effects Due To Overuse
All medications should be applied carefully in the prescribed dosage. That is because excessive use has consequences too. Here are the minoxidil side effects resulting from applying more than prescribed medication at once:
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat
Rogaine Side Effects
You can find two types of minoxidil on the market. One of them is the generic version. Meanwhile, the other is sold as Rogaine®.
The typical difference between the two is that Rogaine® contains alcohol. However, the side effects of the two are more or less the same.
These are all the minoxidil side effects that you may or may not face. Most of them are mild and will disappear soon. But if you are wary, there are always alternatives you can try. However, if any of them persists for long, then you should visit your doctor.
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