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minoxidil (Rogaine)

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PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES: Minoxidil is used to treat male-pattern baldness. In women, it is used to treat diffuse loss of hair or thinning of hair in the frontal areas of the scalp.

SIDE EFFECTS: Common side effects of minoxidil include:

irritation of the skin, itching, contact dermatitis, and dryness of the scalp or flaking.

Other side effects include:

headaches, dizziness, fainting, lightheadedness, chest pain, and increased or decreased blood pressure.

An increase in the absorption of minoxidil from the scalp can occur in patients with damaged skin, leading to increased side effects. Minoxidil's contains alcohol that can irritate the eyes. In case of accidental contact with eyes or other sensitive areas, the exposed area should be washed with cool water. Tendonitis has also been reported.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/1/2016

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