Is topical minoxidil (as found in otc hair restoration products) generally safe for long term use?

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Long term minoxidil

generally, it needs to be used long term, will work best on the occipit( crown vertex) ,but if you are a male, I would recommend you check out Propecia. It will slow down hair loss and grow more and thicker hair in many.

Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
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Long term minoxidil

from the published data and studies done on minoxidil, yes, it is safe for long term use, when used as directed. 

Rae Lynne Kinler, MD
Chicago Physician

Minoxidil Facts--Hair Loss Treatments

Yes, Minoxidil is considered safe if used as directed. Minoxidil works best in combination with other non-invasive options like PRP/progesterone injections. See an expert for a formal evaluation. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Is topical minoxidil safe

Topical minoxidil is safe, but some individual will have an allergic reaction to the ingredients.  The product is not a wonderful solution to hair loss, but some respond well to it.  I have not heard of any major problems other than topical allergies.  Some people claims that topical minoxidil gives them other problems like dizziness or a rapid heart rate, but the cause and effect are not definitely linked to one another.  You should do fine long term, but read the product information sheet. 

John P. Cole, MD
Atlanta Hair Restoration Surgeon
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OTC minoxidil is a safe medication. Be sure to read the pamphlet about the side effects which are well defined 

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Minoxidil has been over the counter for a long time and is generally considered "safe" if used as directed.  This would include other OTC hair restoration products, however, you may want to look into the manufacturing practice of smaller, less know products.  Also the other thing to consider is also although minoxidil is available in many forms now, only some of these preparations or vehicles (liquid, foam, gel) have been well tested and some are patented and therefore specific to the product.  You could buy a product that has a poorly (or untested) vehicle which might not be wholly effective. 

Ryan Welter, MD
Boston Hair Restoration Surgeon
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