How to take minoxidil
After prescribing minoxidil, your online doctor will provide instructions for taking your pills orally. Be sure to read the prescription label and follow all instructions. Your care team can help answer any questions you may have about your prescription.
Minoxidil is available in different forms and doses, so be sure to follow the specific instructions on your prescription. For treating hair loss, the typical starting dose of oral minoxidil is 2.5 mg taken once per day in men or 1.25mg daily in women.
Minoxidil topical solution (Rogaine)
Topical minoxidil is available as a liquid or foam solution and can be applied directly to the scalp. Topical minoxidil solution is designed for use twice a day. Your doctor may recommend applying minoxidil once in the morning and once in the evening, typically a few hours before bed.
Although topical minoxidil can reduce hair loss, it doesn’t cure baldness. To maintain your new hair growth, it’s important to continue using topical minoxidil as directed.
What to avoid while taking minoxidil
Minoxidil has a few drug interactions. They include drugs for high blood pressure and drugs that interact with alcohol. Don’t change what you’re currently taking without checking with your doctor or pharmacist. That includes other medications or supplements, as well as over-the-counter drugs.
Talk to your doctor if you’re taking any other medications to lower blood pressure, such as guanethidine. Minoxidil can cause very low blood pressure when taken with other hypertension drugs.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if it’s acceptable to consume alcohol while taking oral minoxidil. Combined with oral minoxidil, regular alcohol consumption may significantly decrease blood pressure, leading to adverse effects.