This article discuses the mechanism of action, uses, side effects and precautions of Minoxidil.
Minoxidil is the only drug, which has received FDA (The Food and Drug Administration - United States Department of Health and Human Services responsible for protecting and promoting public health) approval with proven biological actions in enhancing the esthetic appearance (hair growth) of an individual.
The exact mechanism of Minoxidil is not known, but the following have been considered.
Minoxidil solution is available with a dropper which has calibrated marking up to 1 mL. The daily recommended dose is 2 mL per day that is 1 mL twice daily.
The hair and scalp should be dry before application. Scalp can be divided into four quadrants and roughly an equal amount of drops applied on each quadrant. Then, massage with the fingertips to enhance the penetration. The fingertips, hands and any other areas where the drugs spill should be washed thoroughly after application.
Since hair growth will be clinically evident after 4 to 6 months, a trial for at least 6 months should be given to evaluate the effectiveness of the drug in a given person. Peak hair growth occurs after 8 to 12 months. Once the application of Minoxidil is stopped, then the hair fall recurs. Hence, once the desired results are achieved, a maintenance dosage is advisable to sustain the effect.
For further information regarding Minoxidil, consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist
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