Minoxidil Side Effects

As every-single drug has side effects, Minoxidil has its own. Bellow it’s the list of all the known side effect of the later, from the general one to the more severe.

Common Side Effects:

  • burning or irritation of the eye
  • itching
  • redness or irritation at the treated area
  • unwanted hair growth elsewhere on the body

Together with the common side effects, here is the list of the less common, and little bit more severe. These may sound a little bit more than you expected, but even as a small number, everybody should know them. The Severe Side effects are:

  • Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue);
  • chest pain
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • fast heartbeat
  • sudden
  • unexplained weight gain
  • swollen hands or feet


The moment you experience any of these symptoms while taking Minoxidil, please seek immediate medical attention, since these side effects can be harmful for your general health. Guess the Emoji app

Minoxidil Application

Twice a day and indefinitely is the approved and ideal application. The reason of the indefinite time constrain is that Minoxidil does not treat the hair loss condition; it just diminishes it and slows its progress.

As for the best way to apply it, the product has to be in contact for at least 4 hours with the scalp before it can get wet.

Just follow these simple rules with your Minoxidil product every single day, and you will see results in a timely manner.

How does Minoxidil work

Technically speaking Minoxidil is a Potassium Channel Opener which in itself improves the blood circulation to the hair follicle.

Simply put, it does almost the same thing as it would do to the blood cells, but in a smaller and completely different part.

By improving the blood circulation, it also wideness the blood vessels, which in itself gives the opportunity of more blood, oxygen and nutrients to be pumped in the follicle. All these in macro-terms makes the hair healthier and stronger.

There is a downside though, Minoxidil, because of the way it works, it is not as effective on the areas that have large amounts of hair loss.

What is Minoxidil?

Minoxidil is antihypertensive vasodilator drug that also slows/stops hair loss. It was firstly used a drug to treat its primary purpose, high blood pressure (hypertensive vasodilator). Later on, after observing all the side effects that a drug like this can have, it was discovered that it increased the hair growth of fine body hairs as a darkening of the hair and/or enrichment of the amounts. In technical terms, Minoxidil is used to treat Androgenic alopecia, which is the common cause of hair loss in humans. Also, minoxidil is a over-the-counter drug and you can find it under these trade and copyrighted names: Vanarex, Rogaine/Regaine, Loniten, Mintop and Avacor Physician’s Formulation. Formulas vary, but they have the same base, thus almost the same effect. It is to be noted though, that with these type of drugs, that a lot of hormones are in play, the effect from human to human differs and most of the companies will tell you that also (with the famous expression: Results may vary)