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Is Oral Minoxidil safe? And other FAQs answered

Is Oral Minoxidil safe? And other FAQs answered
27 February 2023
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Whether you’ve just started your course of Oral Minoxidil treatment, or you’re wondering whether this treatment is for you, you’re probably going to have some questions.

Let us put to rest some of those concerns and explain why Oral Minoxidil is a safe and effective form of treatment.

Is Oral Minoxidil safe?

Yes, Oral Minoxidil is typically a safe form of treatment. The medication has been shown to work wonders on men who are looking to halt male pattern hair loss and begin regenerating hair growth.

Like most medications, there are reported side effects that you are unlikely to encounter. In a study of 1,000 patients using low-dose Oral Minoxidil, the overall rate of unwanted side effects was just over 20% in all clients. One of the more likely side effects is hypertrichosis (excessive hair growth), which was noted in around 15% of users.

Thankfully, no extremely serious side effects were reported in any of the users and the treatment was deemed safe for those suffering from male pattern hair loss to take.

What other side effects might I encounter?

Fluid retention and headaches are also possible side effects of taking Minoxidil orally but were only reported in 1.7% and 0.4% of the same study participants, respectively.

Should you notice any of these adverse side effects occurring while taking Oral Minoxidil, stop taking the treatment and speak to your doctor regarding changing the dosage.

What if some of my hair initially falls out?

This is a good thing - it means that the medication is working. When you begin taking Oral Minoxidil, your old hair might fall out because your scalp looks to begin new hair growth cycles. For this to happen, it needs to shed some of the old hair to allow the new hair to grow.

How long does it take to work?

Usually, hair grows at around 1cm every month when taking Oral Minoxidil, so don’t be disheartened if you don’t notice the effects straight away.

Clients often notice significant benefits after six months of treatment, with the best results appearing after a year.

The final word on Oral Minoxidil

Ultimately, the largest research effort conducted on Oral Minoxidil for male pattern hair loss has found that the treatment is safe and effective, with possible side effects occurring rarely.

All of our blog articles are reviewed by our Medical Director before publication.