Oral Minoxidil

COMMON USES: Minoxidil is a prescription pill that has been shown in clinical studies to treat hair loss and increase hair growth. When taken consistently, this medicine can slow hair loss and promote hair growth for those with pattern hair loss. This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.


  • - This is an oral tablet taken by mouth once a day. When initially starting oral minoxidil treatment, break each (2.5 mg) tablet into fourths and take just one (0.625 mg) dose per day. We recommend that you use a pill cutter that you can purchase on Amazon or find at your local retail pharmacy. After 10 weeks of treatment, if there are no side effects experienced, your provider may consider increasing your dosage to a half of a (2.5 mg) tablet per day for enhanced results. Do not increase dosage unless specifically instructed by your provider.
  • - You can take it with or without food.
  • - Try to take your doses around the same time everyday to maximize effectiveness.
  • - Do not take this medicine more often than directed.
  • - Continued use is necessary to increase and maintain your hair regrowth, or hair loss will begin again.
  • - Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine, contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

HOW DO I STORE AND/OR THROW OUT THIS DRUG? Keep this medicine in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).

Unneeded medications should be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and other people cannot consume them. However, you should not flush this medication down the toilet or drain. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medication is through a medicine take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage/recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your community. See the FDA's Safe Disposal of Medicines website (https://goo.gl/c4Rm4p) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.

WHAT DO I DO IF I MISS A DOSE? If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that upcoming dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS: WHAT ARE SOME SIDE EFFECTS THAT I NEED TO CALL MY DOCTOR ABOUT RIGHT AWAY? WARNING/CAUTION: Side effects that you should immediately report to your doctor or health care professional: Lightheadedness, dizziness, racing or irregular heartbeat, new or worsening chest, arm or shoulder pain, shortness of breath, rapid weight gain, or swelling in the hands, legs or feet. There is a rare chance of pericardial effusion (fluid around the heart), which can very rarely interfere with the functioning of the heart.

    Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Unusual hair growth, on the face and / or body
  • Increased shedding of hair from the scalp for the first 3-6 weeks

This list may not describe all possible side effects. You may call your doctor for medical advice about side effects and/or see the full prescription information, here. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit MedWatch: HTTPS://WWW.FDA.GOV/SAFETY/MEDWATCH /default.htm or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

WHAT MAY INTERACT WITH THIS MEDICATION? Minoxidil tablets are contraindicated in patients who are currently taking guanethidine. This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your healthcare provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: As with almost all medicine, the recommended treatments do not work for every single person. There is a risk the medicine will not work and your hair loss continues.

Telemedicine does not replace your primary care physician. It is important to keep your primary care and other healthcare providers, and your pharmacists informed of all medications you are taking, including those in your Nurx treatment plan, as they can interact with other medicines you may be taking.

This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

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