My hair fall has increased after using Minoxidil for two months. Is it normal?

Q. Can Minoxidil cause increased hair fall in the initial days of use?

Answered by
Dr. V. Srikanth Reddy
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 30, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am a 36-year-old woman with very thin hair. I have started using Minoxidil 5 percent for severe hair fall in the last two weeks.

During two weeks of using, my hair has increased and become thinner. Is it normal? Should I stop using it? Kindly help.



Welcome to

I understand your concern.

The thinning of hair could be female pattern hair loss, and the definite treatment for this is Minoxidil topical solution to be used for at least four to five months. Initial hair fall after using Minoxidil is common, so the lotion will stimulate the falling of shedding hair follicles so that new hair will be grown in that place. So there is nothing to worry about, and continue using Minoxidil for at least three months to see any response. If there is no response, even after three months, you may need to plan for PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy.

Thank you.

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