What is Minoxidil?
Minoxidil was the first drug approved by the American Food and Drug
Administration for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia (hair loss).
Before that, minoxidil had been used as vasodilator drug prescribed as
oral tablet to treat high blood pressure, with side effects that
included hair growth and reversal of male baldness.
For the treatment of hair loss, minoxidil is available as a topical
solution that is generally either 2% or 5% minoxidil in propylene
glycol. The propylene glycol ensures that the applied minoxidil is
evenly spread across the affected area and easily absorbed through the
How does Minoxidil work?
Minoxidil topical solution is used to stimulate hair growth in people
who are balding. The drug seems to exert its maximum effect at the crown
of the head. The exact way that minoxidil works is not known, but it
may stimulate hair growth by improving the blood supply to the hair
• For external use only.
• Do not use if you are a woman, not sure of the reason for your hair
loss, under 18 years of age or using other medicines on the scalp.
• Using more or more often than recomended will not improve results.
• Avoid contact with eyes. In case of accidental contact with the eyes, rinse with large amounts of cool tap water.