What is Minoxidil?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Rogaine Extra Strength Rogaine Foam

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Minoxidil Topical is used to stimulate hair growth and to slow balding. It is most effective for people under 40 years of age whose hair loss is recent. It has no effect on receding hairlines. It does not cure baldness; most new hair is lost within a few months after the drug is stopped.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Alopecia areata 34 4
Male pattern baldness 23 4
Female pattern baldness 18 2
Hair loss 7 1
High blood pressure (hypertension) 4 0
Elevated blood pressure 2 0

Show all 12 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 2
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 10

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Minoxidil

Side effect Patients Percentage
Acne breakout 1
Hair loss 1
Joint pain 1
Migraine 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Minoxidil

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.5 mL daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Minoxidil

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 4
Expense 3
Other 3
Side effects too severe 3
Doctor's advice 2
Personal research 2
Course of treatment ended 1
See all 10 patients who've stopped taking Minoxidil

Duration

Currently taking Minoxidil

Duration Patients Percentage
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Minoxidil

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 3
Usually 8
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 6
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 8
Not specified 0
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1 patient evaluation for Minoxidil

Aug 18, 2015 (Started Jul 02, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for female pattern baldness)
  • Side effects
    Severe (migraine)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mL Twice daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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