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Minoxidil Side Effects

Common Minoxidil Side Effects


The most commonly reported Minoxidil side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Dyspnoea (32)
Dizziness (30)
Pericardial Effusion (21)
Tachycardia (19)
Dermatitis Contact (19)
Headache (18)
Oedema Peripheral (17)
Hypersensitivity (16)
Vomiting (15)
Pruritus (15)
Swelling Face (14)
Hypotension (14)
Heart Rate Increased (14)
Alopecia (13)
Blood Pressure Increased (12)
Nausea (12)
Myocardial Infarction (12)
Hair Growth Abnormal (11)
Application Site Pruritus (11)
Asthenia (11)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Side effects reports are analyzed to discover potential health product safety signals. Some important reactions may take an extremely long time to develop or occur infrequently. Continued monitoring of adverse reactions is thus essential to maintain a comprehensive safety and effectiveness profile of health products.

Minoxidil Side Effects Reported to FDA

The following Minoxidil reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
FAERS is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication errors reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals (such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others), consumers (such as patients, family members, layers and others) and manufacturers.


The appearance of Minoxidil on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.
Erectile Dysfunction, Libido Decreased, Skin Disorder, Rotator Cuff Syndrome
This is a report of a 60-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: androgenetic alopecia, who was treated with Minoxidil (dosage: Two Events: 2008-2009; 2010-2011, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Libido Decreased
  • Skin Disorder
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Minoxidil treatment in male patients, resulting in erectile dysfunction side effect.

Pericardial Effusion, Cardiac Tamponade, Atrial Flutter, Post Procedural Complication
This report suggests a potential Minoxidil Pericardial Effusion, Cardiac Tamponade, Atrial Flutter, Post Procedural Complication side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 60-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Minoxidil (dosage: NA) starting Dec 29, 2012. Soon after starting Minoxidil the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Cardiac Tamponade
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Post Procedural Complication
Drugs used concurrently: NA.The patient was hospitalized. Although Minoxidil demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as pericardial effusion, may still occur.

Chorioretinopathy
This Chorioretinopathy problem was reported by a health professional from IT. A 37-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: androgenetic alopecia. On NS this consumer started treatment with Minoxidil (dosage: ; Top). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When commencing Minoxidil, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Chorioretinopathy
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as chorioretinopathy, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Completed Suicide, Depression, Paranoia, Abnormal Behaviour
This is a report of a 40-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: alopecia,influenza and was treated with Minoxidil Aerosol 5% 294 (dosage: Half Capful, Bid) starting Dec 30, 2013. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Tamiflu (Unk, Unk)
Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Completed Suicide
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Abnormal Behaviour
This opens a possibility that Minoxidil Aerosol 5% 294 treatment could cause the above reactions, including completed suicide, and some male subjects may be more susceptible.


Swelling, Grip Strength Decreased, Fluid Retention, Cardiac Failure Congestive, Arrhythmia, Arthralgia, Weight Increased, Heart Rate Increased
A 84-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms/conditions: alopecia,gastric disorder,hypertension,blood cholesterol increased started Minoxidil Aerosol 5% 294 treatment (dosage: 1/2 Capful, 1 To 2 Times Daily, Off And On) on 2008. Soon after starting Minoxidil Aerosol 5% 294 treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Swelling
  • Grip Strength Decreased
  • Fluid Retention
  • Cardiac Failure Congestive
  • Arrhythmia
  • Arthralgia
  • Weight Increased
  • Heart Rate Increased
Concurrently used drugs:
  • Omeprazole (Unk)
  • Antihypertensives (Unk)
  • Atorvastatin (Unk)
  • Bayer Aspirin (81 Mg, Unk)
The patient was hospitalized. This finding indicates that some male patients could be more vulnerable to Minoxidil Aerosol 5% 294.

Pericardial Effusion, Oedema Peripheral, Fluid Overload, Weight Increased
A 65-year-old male patient from US (weight: NA) experienced symptoms, such as: hypertension and was treated with Minoxidil(dosage: NA). The treatment was initiated on Apr 19, 2013. After that a consumer reported the following side effect(s):
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Oedema Peripheral
  • Fluid Overload
  • Weight Increased
Concurrently used drugs, which potentially could have contributed to side effect(s) or affected Minoxidil efficacy: NA.The patient was hospitalized.

Dyspnoea, Hypertension, Insomnia, Treatment Noncompliance
In this report, Minoxidil was administered for the following condition: hypertension.A 53-year-old male consumer from US (weight: NA) started Minoxidil treatment (dosage: 2 Tablets Bid Oral) on NS.Sometime after starting the treatment, the patient complained of the following side effect(s):
  • Dyspnoea
  • Hypertension
  • Insomnia
  • Treatment Noncompliance
A possible interaction with other drugs could have contributed to this reaction:
  • Clonidine
  • Carvedilol
  • Amlodipine
The patient was hospitalized.Establishing a causal relationship between a specific drug and consumer's side effects is complex, but it is possible that in this report Minoxidil treatment could be related to the listed above side effect(s).

Asthma, Dyspnoea, Blood Pressure Increased, Heart Rate Increased, Swelling Face, Chest Discomfort, Rebound Effect, Anxiety, Off Label Use
This is a report of the following Minoxidil 5% 30day 798 side effect(s):
  • Asthma
  • Dyspnoea
  • Blood Pressure Increased
  • Heart Rate Increased
  • Swelling Face
  • Chest Discomfort
  • Rebound Effect
  • Anxiety
  • Off Label Use
A 26-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) presented with the following condition: NA and received a treatment with Minoxidil 5% 30day 798 (dosage: Unk, Unk) starting: Aug 31, 2013.The following concurrently used drugs could have generated interactions: NA.This report suggests that a Minoxidil 5% 30day 798 treatment could be associated with the listed above side effect(s).

Renal Impairment
This Minoxidil report was submitted by a 50-year-old male consumer from DE (weight: NA). The patient was diagnosed with: NA and Minoxidil was administered (dosage: NA) starting: Jul 02, 2013. The consumer developed a set of symptoms:
  • Renal Impairment
Other drugs used simultaneously:
  • Certican (1.5 Mg, 1x/day)
  • Sandimmun (100 Mg, 1x/day)
The patient was hospitalized.Those unexpected symptoms could be linked to a Minoxidil treatment, however establishing a potential drug-safety problem requires a more detailed clinical analysis.

Pseudofolliculitis Barbae, Dermatitis Papillaris Capillitii
This is a report of a possible correlation between Minoxidil use and the following symptoms/side effect(s):
  • Pseudofolliculitis Barbae
  • Dermatitis Papillaris Capillitii
which could contribute to an assessment of Minoxidil risk profile.A 61-year-old male consumer from GB (weight: NA) was suffering from hypertension and was treated with Minoxidil (dosage: 100 Mg, Daily) starting NS.Other concurrent medications:
  • Amlodipine (Unk)
  • Doxazocin (Unk)
  • Allopurinol (Unk)


Neutropenia
A 30-year-old female patient from FR (weight: NA) presented with the following symptoms: hypertension and after a treatment with Minoxidil (dosage: NA) experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Neutropenia
The treatment was started on 201306. Minoxidil was used in combination with the following drugs:
  • Cellcept (Unk)
The patient was hospitalized.This report could alert potential Minoxidil consumers.

Off Label Use, Psychotic Disorder, Therapeutic Response Unexpected, Hypertrichosis
In this report, a 8-year-old female patient from TN (weight: NA) was affected by a possible Minoxidil 2% Women 202 side effect.The patient was diagnosed with NA. After a treatment with Minoxidil 2% Women 202 (dosage: NA, start date: NS), the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Off Label Use
  • Psychotic Disorder
  • Therapeutic Response Unexpected
  • Hypertrichosis
The following simultaneously used drugs could have led to this reaction: NA.The findings here stress that side effects should be taken into consideration when evaluating a Minoxidil 2% Women 202 treatment.

Gait Disturbance, Fatigue, Malaise, Sensory Loss, Muscle Spasms, Painful Defaecation, Tuberculosis, Dysuria
This is a report of a 20-year-old male patient from US (weight: NA), who used Minoxidil (dosage: Twice Daily Applied To A Surface, Usually The Skin) for a treatment of alopecia. After starting a treatment on NS, the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Gait Disturbance
  • Fatigue
  • Malaise
  • Sensory Loss
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Painful Defaecation
  • Tuberculosis
  • Dysuria
The following drugs could possibly have interacted with the Minoxidil treatment NA.The patient was hospitalized and became disabled.Taken together, these observations suggest that a Minoxidil treatment could be related to side effect(s), such as Gait Disturbance, Fatigue, Malaise, Sensory Loss, Muscle Spasms, Painful Defaecation, Tuberculosis, Dysuria.

Heart Rate Increased, Chest Pain, Electrocardiogram Abnormal, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Tricuspid Valve Incompetence, Mitral Valve Incompetence
This heart rate increased side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 37-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: alopecia. The patient was prescribed Minoxidil (dosage: 2% Twice Daily Applied To A Surface, Usually The Skin), which was started on Jun 01, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA. When starting to take Minoxidil the consumer reported the following symptoms:
  • Heart Rate Increased
  • Chest Pain
  • Electrocardiogram Abnormal
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Tricuspid Valve Incompetence
  • Mitral Valve Incompetence
The patient was hospitalized and became disabled. These side effects may potentially be related to Minoxidil.

Dyspnoea, Swelling Face, Eye Swelling, Application Site Discharge
This is a Minoxidil side effect report of a 42-year-old female patient (weight:NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: alopecia, who was treated with Minoxidil (dosage:NA, start time: Feb 09, 2013), combined with: NA., and developed a serious reaction and a dyspnoea side effect. The patient presented with:
  • Dyspnoea
  • Swelling Face
  • Eye Swelling
  • Application Site Discharge
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This side effect report can indicate a possible existence of increased vulnerability to Minoxidil treatment in female patients suffering from alopecia, resulting in dyspnoea.

Hypersensitivity, Dysarthria, Dizziness, Throat Tightness, Cough, Headache, Palpitations, Asthenia, Disturbance In Attention
This report suggests a potential Minoxidil 2% Women 202 hypersensitivity side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 42-year-old female patient from US (weight:NA) was diagnosed with the following health condition(s): androgenetic alopecia and used Minoxidil 2% Women 202 (dosage: 1 Ml, Bid) starting May 21, 2013. Soon after starting Minoxidil 2% Women 202 the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Dysarthria
  • Dizziness
  • Throat Tightness
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Palpitations
  • Asthenia
  • Disturbance In Attention
Drugs used concurrently:
  • Vitamins (Unk)
Although Minoxidil 2% Women 202 demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as hypersensitivity, may still occur.

Pericardial Effusion, Oedema Peripheral, Jugular Vein Distension
This pericardial effusion problem was reported by a pharmacist from US. A 42-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following medical condition(s): hypertension.On Jul 01, 2008 a consumer started treatment with Minoxidil (dosage: NA). The following drugs/medications were being taken at the same time: NA. When commencing Minoxidil, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms /side effects:
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Oedema Peripheral
  • Jugular Vein Distension
The patient was hospitalized. Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry potential side effect risks. Some side effects, such as pericardial effusion, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Swelling Face, Dyspnoea, Local Swelling, Anxiety, Eye Oedema
This is a Minoxidil side effect report of a 59-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: hair growth abnormal and was treated with Minoxidil (dosage: 1/2) starting NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Proventil
Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following of symptoms:
  • Swelling Face
  • Dyspnoea
  • Local Swelling
  • Anxiety
  • Eye Oedema
This opens a possibility that Minoxidil could cause swelling face and that some female patients may be more susceptible.

Dermatosis, Alopecia Scarring, Off Label Use, Inflammatory Marker Increased
A 77-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from IT with the following symptoms: androgenetic alopecia started Minoxidil 5% 30day 380 treatment (dosage: Unk, Bid) on NS. Soon after starting Minoxidil 5% 30day 380 treatment, the consumer experienced several side effects, including:
  • Dermatosis
  • Alopecia Scarring
  • Off Label Use
  • Inflammatory Marker Increased
. Concurrently used drugs: NA. This finding indicates that some patients can be more vulnerable to developing Minoxidil 5% 30day 380 side effects, such as dermatosis.

Pericardial Effusion
This pericardial effusion side effect was reported by a health professional from US. A 83-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Minoxidil (dosage: 10 Mg Every Day Po), which was started on Jun 01, 2009. Concurrently used drugs: NA..When starting to take Minoxidil the consumer reported symptoms, such as:
  • Pericardial Effusion
These side effects may potentially be related to Minoxidil. The patient was hospitalized.

Headache
This is a report of a 81-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Minoxidil Topical Solution Usp, 5% (extra Strength For Men) (alpharma) (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
  • Headache
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Minoxidil Topical Solution Usp, 5% (extra Strength For Men) (alpharma) treatment in female patients, resulting in headache side effect.

Swelling Face, Local Swelling, Nausea, Vomiting, Abdominal Distension, Dizziness, Chest Pain, Musculoskeletal Pain
This report suggests a potential Minoxidil Swelling Face, Local Swelling, Nausea, Vomiting, Abdominal Distension, Dizziness, Chest Pain, Musculoskeletal Pain side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: hypertension and used Minoxidil (dosage: 1/2 Pill 5 Mg 2x Day) starting 201208. Soon after starting Minoxidil the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Swelling Face
  • Local Swelling
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal Distension
  • Dizziness
  • Chest Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
Drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Minoxidil demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as swelling face, may still occur.

Dermatosis
This Dermatosis problem was reported by a physician from IT. A 77-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Minoxidil (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When commencing Minoxidil, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Dermatosis
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as dermatosis, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Abortion Spontaneous
This is a report of a 43-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: NA and was treated with Minoxidil (dosage: NA) starting Sep 14, 1998. Concurrently used drugs: NA.Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Abortion Spontaneous
This opens a possibility that Minoxidil treatment could cause the above reactions, including abortion spontaneous, and some female subjects may be more susceptible.

Weight Increased, Oedema
A 66-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms/conditions: hypertension started Minoxidil treatment (dosage: 2 Tabs Every Day Oral) on Nov 08, 2012. Soon after starting Minoxidil treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Weight Increased
  • Oedema
Concurrently used drugs: NA.The patient was hospitalized. This finding indicates that some male patients could be more vulnerable to Minoxidil.

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Top 10 Minoxidil Side Effects for Women

Women Side EffectsReports
Dyspnoea 16
Dizziness 13
Dermatitis Contact 12
Headache 11
Swelling Face 10
Application Site Pruritus 8
Hair Growth Abnormal 8
Off Label Use 8
Pruritus 8
Hypertrichosis 7

Top 10 Minoxidil Side Effects for Men

Men Side EffectsReports
Pericardial Effusion 21
Dizziness 17
Dyspnoea 15
Oedema Peripheral 11
Hypersensitivity 10
Tachycardia 10
Heart Rate Increased 9
Vomiting 9
Hypertension 8
Hypotension 8

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    Minoxidil Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC0363-0202
    TypeHUMAN OTC DRUG
    Proprietary NameMinoxidil For Women
    Nameminoxidil
    Dosage FormSOLUTION
    RouteTOPICAL
    On market since20110228
    LabelerWalgreen Company
    Active Ingredient(s)MINOXIDIL
    Strength(s)2
    Unit(s)g/100mL
    Pharma Class

    Minoxidil Dosage, Warnings, Usage.

    Side Effects reported to FDA: 345

    Minoxidil safety alerts: No

    Reported deaths: 14

    Reported hospitalizations: 140

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