Minoxidil Side Effects

Workable Or Not?

By: - Hair - August 30, 2011
minoxidil side effects workable or not

Minoxidil was first doled out to patients as a means of reducing high blood pressure in times gone by however there were some interesting Minoxidil side effects noted in this.  As with any medication, some side effects may occur that were not anticipated and that may be unwelcome guests.  Many who have existing high blood pressure  will question ‘Does Minoxidil work, or is it a scam will have their questions answered in the following article.

As mentioned above, the original intention for Minoxidil was in the treatment of those who had high blood pressure.  As it is also known by various brand names such as Linoten, Rograine, Avacor or Regaine, this medication is used to reduce the enlargement or widening of the veins.  Thus it is known primarily as a vasodilator antihypertensive medication.  The interesting side effect that was found through the use of this medication was that those patients that were suffering from hair loss found the rate of hair loss greatly reduced if not stopped altogether and, in fact, hair growth began in areas that had gone bald!  As you can well imagine the people finding themselves folically challenged began seeking out prescriptions for this medication.  For those that want this as a preventative measure against hair loss, you will be pleased to know that it is no longer a patent medication and it can be purchased over the counter at your local drug store.  The unfortunate part of the consumption of the popular hair loss and reversal medication is that within about two months following the discontinuation of taking Minoxid, any changes that happened as a result of taking Minoxidil will reverse again to its original state.

Consult your doctor or dermatologist with questions about Minoxidil side effects or wondering ‘does Minoxidil really work?’  Depending on the person consuming the medication is the result of the side effect of this medication.  It can range from no effect at all other than the reduction of vein widening and a slowing of the balding process to severe allergic responses such as a swelling of the tongue, mouth, lips or face, severe itching, breathing issues, pains within the chest, arms,shoulders or surrounding areas and sudden and excessive gains in weight.  While this is not an extensive list of what the possible side effects are, it emphasizes well enough that when you ask, ‘Does Minoxidil work’, you should first consult with your physician or local pharmacist as to what Minoxidil side effects are and decide if it is really the right medication for you.

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