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The Big 3 OTC Treatments: #2 Minoxidil
Now the 2nd treatment in the big 3 OTC treatments is called Minoxidil…
Minoxidil is another famous ingredient for well-known products in the hair loss prevention and hair regrowth industry.
This was an interesting find because the original use for Minoxidil was for treatment of high blood pressure.
It was the 1st pharmaceutiacal drug approved by the FDA in its claim to treat male pattern baldness. But before that…it was used to treat high blood pressure. But just like Propecia researchers have found that the side effect included an increase in hair growth in many cases. While at one time once was a strictly
prescription only drug, Minoxidil is now available to the public over-the-counter.
Minoxidil was first taken by mouth for the treatment of hypertension. Although, the very common side effect of new hair growth was noticed.
Like propecia, the drug’s potential in the treatment of hair loss became evident and has even now overshadowed its first use in lowering blood pressure
Minoxidil works to relieve hypertension by acting as a vasodilator. This means that it opens and relaxes blood vessels enough to reduce the force with which blood is pumped through them.
This same vasodilatory property is responsible for the effectiveness of Minoxidil in stimulating hair regrowth.
Minoxidil causes vasodilation of the blood vessel by releasing nitric oxide which is known to widen the diameter of the vessels.
As an antihypertensive, Minoxidil (sold as Loniten) is not the first-line drug in the management of high blood pressure. This is because oral Minoxidil produces some serious side effects on the circulatory system.
Because of its systemic side effects, when it was formulated for hair loss treatment, Minoxidil was presented in topical preparations to be applied directly to the hair.
While Rogaine was the first such preparation of Minoxidil, other brands of the medication are now available and sold as over-the-counter products.
For those who struggle with androgenic alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness), Minoxidil may be the right hair regrowth method to use or at least try.
There are a few basic things to know about this blood pressure medication in which has been turned into a hair growth stimulant.
The reason for the ability to cause or stimulate hair growth in users is actually unknown.
Minoxidil contains moiety, which is a nitric oxide.
Minoxidil is designed for topical use for treatment of baldness or hair loss.
For men the products that contain Minoxidil generally use five percent, while women’s products use less at around two percent.
￼Minoxidil is available both in 2% and 5% topical solutions. While the 2% solution stops hair loss and encourage hair regrowth in 30% of men using it, the 5% solution has a success rate of 65%
The 2% solution is prepared with alcohol while the 5% solution uses propylene glycol as solvent. Therefore, some may find out that the higher concentration makes their hair sticky and irritates the scalp.
Minoxidil is also available in a spray foam form prepared in alcohol and glycerin base.
Foam Minoxidil contains 5% Minoxidil and is just as effective as the liquid form.
Now the last treatment is said to be important to use in conjunction with the first two treatments. As the previous two treatments claim to stop dht and 5AR (with possible long term side effects) the last treatment is used to complete the circle…figuratively speaking.