Minoxidil is employed in conjunction with other pharmaceutical agents for the management of hypertension. Classified as a vasodilator, this medication operates by inducing relaxation of the blood vessels, thereby facilitating smoother blood flow throughout the body.
Uses and Dosage
Follow your doctor’s instructions when taking this medication orally, with or without food, usually once or twice a day.
The prescribed dosage is determined based on your medical condition and how you respond to treatment. For pediatric patients, the dosage is also adjusted according to their weight. Your healthcare provider may advise you to commence the medication with a low dose and then gradually increase it. Adhere closely to your doctor’s guidance.
To maximize the efficacy of this medication and other prescribed blood pressure medications, ensure regular and consistent intake at the same time(s) every day. Even if you feel well, continue taking the medications as hypertension often presents no noticeable symptoms.
Avoid discontinuing this medication without consulting your doctor, as sudden cessation can exacerbate certain conditions. If your doctor deems it necessary to discontinue, the dosage will likely be tapered gradually.
It may take several days to a couple of weeks before you experience the full benefits of this drug. Should your condition fail to improve or worsen, as indicated by persistent or elevated blood pressure readings, promptly inform your doctor.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- increase in size or darkness of fine body hair
- breast tenderness
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- fast heartbeat
- swollen ankles or feet
- unexplained weight gain
- difficulty breathing
Prior to initiating minoxidil usage, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any existing allergies, including allergies to this medication or other substances. This product may contain inert ingredients that could trigger allergic reactions or other complications.
Before commencing treatment, provide your medical history to your doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have a history of pheochromocytoma, heart-related issues such as heart failure, chest pain, or recent heart attack, kidney disease, or a specific lung condition known as pulmonary hypertension.
This drug may induce dizziness. Consuming alcohol or marijuana can exacerbate this dizziness. To ensure safety, refrain from driving, operating machinery, or engaging in activities that require alertness until you can do so safely.
During pregnancy, use this medication only if it is clearly necessary. Engage in a discussion with your doctor to assess the risks and benefits associated with its use during pregnancy.
While this drug can pass into breast milk, the likelihood of it causing harm to a nursing infant is low. Consult your doctor to make informed decisions.
Form and Strength
Loniten is available in the following forms and strengths:
How long does it take for Loniten to start working?
After a dose of Loniten, your blood pressure usually starts to decrease within 30 minutes. You’ll notice the maximum effect of the medication after several days.
Does Loniten cause unwanted hair growth?
You may notice some unusual hair growth while taking this medication. People usually find hair growth between their eyebrows, in the side-burn area, and sometimes on other parts of their body.