Minoxidil is a drug that was originally developed to treat high blood pressure. However, its use has been expanded to include hair loss treatment. It works by increasing blood flow to the scalp, thus stimulating hair follicles. In addition, minoxidil stimulates the production of collagen, which helps to thicken hair shafts.
Minoxidil (generic name: 5-Hydroxytryptamine) is a drug used to treat high blood pressure, baldness, and hair loss. Minoxidil is a vasodilator, meaning it increases blood flow to certain parts of the body. In men, it causes hair follicles to produce more hair. In women, it may cause hair growth in some places where hair does not normally grow.
Minoxidil is often prescribed for people who have had little success with other treatments. It is generally safe when taken at recommended doses. However, side effects can occur if the dose is too high or if the person taking it takes other medications.
The following side effects are possible, although they do not necessarily happen every time someone uses minoxidil.
• Hair Loss
Hair loss may occur while using minoxidil. If this happens, it is likely to stop after several months of treatment.
Swelling of the face, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs may occur. This swelling goes away when minoxidil is stopped.
Headaches may occur. These go away when minoxidill is stopped.
• Skin Rash
A skin rash may appear on the arms, chest, back, neck, or face. This rash disappears when minoxidil stops being taken.
Flushing occurs when red patches appear on the skin. This usually goes away when minoxdil is stopped.
Finasteride is a drug that was first approved by the FDA in 1985 to treat male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). It is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, meaning that it blocks the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes hair loss.
Propecia is a prescription medication that was first introduced in 1995 to treat male pattern balding. It contains finasteride, which is a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor that prevents DHT from binding to receptors in the hair follicle, thereby preventing hair loss.
Rogaine is a topical solution that was first introduced in 1982 to treat male pattern baldiness. It contains minoxidil, which increases blood flow to the scalp and stimulates hair follicles.
Hair Loss Treatment
A hair loss treatment is any product that is designed to help people who have lost their hair due to medical conditions, chemotherapy, or aging. There are many different types of treatments, including shampoos, creams, pills, and laser therapy.