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Is 10% Minoxidil Too Strong for Treating Hair Loss?- Sunday, January 27, 2013

Question:

I have used 10% minoxidil proscribed by a physician for the past 4 months. Is it safe and does it have any side effects?

Answer:

Minoxidil (Rogaine) has been tested and approved for treating hair loss in men at a 5% concentration (2% in women). While probably not harmful, applying minoxidil in greater concentrations does increase the risk of side effects such as scalp irritation, itching and perhaps even dizziness, rapid heartbeat or chest pain. 

I’m not a physician and I always encourage balding men and women using medical hair loss treatments to consult with and follow the advice of their doctors. If you trust your physician and are not experiencing any adverse side effects then there is no reason to stop using it. However, switching to 5% is always an option.

David (TakingThePlunge)

Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.

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