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Taking Minoxidil to stop the hair fall and for regrowth. Any side effects? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 28-Sep-2013
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User:Hi Doctor......\Good evening.
Doctor:Good evening
Doctor:How can I help you today?
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User:I started using Minoxidil 5% to stop the hair fall and for regrowth ....but I'm just worried about the side effects.Can you please let me know are there any serious side effects on using this solution?
Doctor:Mostly the side effects are seen on taking it orally
Doctor:Since you are taking it orally
Doctor:Side effects will be very less if ever they happen
Doctor:There may be some redness on the scalp
Doctor:If the medicine gets absorbed through the skin, you may observe a few systemic symptoms
Doctor:That means it may cause the same symptoms that are caused by oral medicines but to a much lesser extent
Doctor:Rarely allergy may occur to it
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User:But I heared that there might be a chance of itching,low heart beat and sexual it correct?
Doctor:Itching may be seen
Doctor:Low heart beat and sexual disorders will be seen to a lesser extent
Doctor:But you do need to watch out for it
Doctor:Are you there? these side effects (Low heart beat and sexual disorders) will cause perminent damage.
Doctor:I do not think it will cause permanent damage
Doctor:Since it just suppresses the formation of male hormones
Doctor:With its discontinuation the formation should get back to normal
Doctor:Low heart beat should also not be permanent
Doctor:But if you feel that these are happening, then you need to tell your doctor
Doctor:Also weigh advantages against risks
Doctor:Since it works most for male-pattern baldness
Doctor:I am not sure of your hair loss is of this type
User:Yes I suffering with male pattern baldness only....
Doctor:Are you having any of these symptoms?
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User:I'm not realising them now...I just started using this solution and heard about these side effects and wanted to check with you once.
Doctor:I think it needs a few months treatment before you see any effect of this medicine
Doctor:Secondly the side effects may also manifest in some time
Doctor:I think you can safely use it for a few months and just be aware of the side-effects
User:So hair growth will be seen on bald spots also...?
Doctor:In my experience Many people use it without any side effects
Doctor:Yes it may be seen
User:So hair regrowth will be seen on bald spots also...?
Doctor:But will be apparent after some use only many months?
Doctor:5-6 months
Doctor:or more
User:So at this point of time whats your suggestion ....shall I continue with the usage OR should I consult a specialist before continuing ?
Doctor:It should be taken under the supervision of a dermatologist
User:Yes, after consulting a dermatologist only I started using this ....
Doctor:I think then you can use it
Doctor:You just need to be more careful with oral medicines
User:Fine...Thank you.One more final question....
User:Why the solution needs to be applied only on center of the head .....and that too only 1ml(twice per day) which will not sufficient to cover the entire head....Is there any specific reason?
Doctor:1 ml is a small quatity
Doctor:Since it may cause local side effects
Doctor:Also it usually spreads on the scalp
Doctor:So that it does not come on face
Doctor:Many reasons for it
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User:so I just need to apply it on center and leave it till it gets dried ?
Doctor:wash your hands after applying
Doctor:Let it dry by itself
User:Thanks a lot for clarifying my doubts
Doctor:Thanks for coming on chat
Doctor:Take care
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