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20 year old with severe hair fall. Minoxidil and novophane prescribed. Any side effects?

Hi i am a 20 year old girl. for the past one year i have been facing severe hair loss. I do not have any genetical hair loss problem or any other illness. i was advised 2% salicylic acid first which caused side effects. the current dermatologist has recommended novophane plus and minoxidil 5% and bacadexamine. i just want to know whether this is right kind of medication and whether these could too cause harsh side effects.
(ps no dandruff problem. usage of salicylic acid caused peeling of scalp skin which stopped after usage of it)
Asked On : Fri, 5 Apr 2013
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Jun 2015
Hello dear,

Other than Genetic factors and chronic illness, causes of hair loss can be many such as Environmental factors, Dietary deficiencies, Hormonal factors, Stress, etc.

1. Minoxidil 5% preparation is meant to be applied directly to the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles.
2. Novophane plus and bacadexamine are multi vitamin & multimineral supplements, prescribed as deficiency of certain minerals, vitamins & amino acids in diet. e.g. Iron, zinc, Vit B complex, biotin, lysine, etc. also causes hair loss.

Though they do not have any significant side effects, abrupt stoppage of Minoxidil application will lead to further hair loss.

So, the medications prescribed by your doctor are correct.
Kindly take them as advised.

Kindly let me know if you have any further queries.
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Wishing you a good health.
Thanks & take care.
Answered: Mon, 27 May 2013
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