Why does 5% minoxidil speed up hair loss the first month you use it?

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Shedding with minoxidil is rare. There is no scientific reason or clear understanding why some people may shed.

Shedding with minoxidil is rare.  There is no scientific reason or clear understanding why some people may shed.


Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Minoxidil and hair loss

The typical hair shedding after starting minoxidil could have to do with the increased turn over of the cells although it is not well documented.

Parsa Mohebi, MD
Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Does Minoxidil Cause Hair Loss?

No it doesn't cause increased shedding in most individuals. Some will notice increased hair shedding in first month or two then stabilize. Please follow link below to learn more about minoxidil and finasteride.

Brian Goertz, MD
Seattle Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Minoxidil and Hair Loss?

Minoxidil can sometimes cause a small telogen hair loss, this recovers quickly and is never permanent.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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