What is Minoxidil for:
This medication is a vasodilator, prescribed for hypertension. It relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow.
How does Minoxidil work:
Minoxidil calms blood vessels, lowering blood pressure.
How should Minoxidil be used:
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food. Adult- The recommended initial dose is 5 mgday as a single dose. Maximum: 100mgday. Child- The initial dosage is 0.2 mgkgday as a single dose.
Common side effects of Minoxidil :
Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing. Hair growth. Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
What do I do if I miss a dose
Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.
What precautions should I take when taking Minoxidil :
If you have an allergy to minoxidil or any other part of this drug. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs. If you have any of these health problems: Pheochromocytoma or a recent heart attack.
When do I need to seek medical help
If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away. Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Trouble breathing. Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat. Very bad dizziness or passing out. A big weight gain. Very bad swelling or pain of hands or feet. Any rash. Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.
Can I take Minoxidil with other medicines:
Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs and food. – Taking them together can cause bad side effects. – Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.
Are there any food restrictions
How do I store Minoxidil :
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. – Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Other Antihypertensives, Other Dermatologicals