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Minoxidil For Hair

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Key Takeaways

Minoxidil is a medication used to stimulate hair growth and prevent further hair loss. It is important to consult a doctor before trying minoxidil and to follow their guidance on proper use and dosage. Mosh offers online medical advice by AHPRA-registered doctors who can provide treatment recommendations based on a patient's unique situation.

For decades, people have been using minoxidil for hair loss. Studies show that it can increase hair growth and prevent further hair loss. But due to a lack of research on its efficacy for various demographics, it's important to consult a doctor before trying minoxidil on yourself. The problem is that it’s not always easy to find a doctor who can help. Many resort to online searches for ‘How to stop hair loss?’ or ‘Is minoxidil for hair effective?', which can lead them to unverified sources.

Get reliable answers to questions like ‘What is minoxidil?’ and ‘Is minoxidil safe?’ from an online consultation with an Australian doctor. Mosh connects you with AHPRA-registered doctors from the comfort of your own home, so you don’t have to take time out of your busy schedule to go to a doctor’s appointment. You can feel free to talk about your hair concerns without feeling embarrassed or self-conscious. Our doctors can provide you with science-backed advice and treatment recommendations based on your unique situation. 

Minoxidil for hair can be effective, but it may not work for everyone. It’s important to learn as much as possible about minoxidil hair products first so you can make an informed decision.

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What is minoxidil?

Minoxidil is a hair growth medication that can help women and men with hair loss conditions. In topical form, it is applied to the problem area to stimulate hair growth and potentially slow down the effects of hair loss.[1] A doctor can inform you about the other uses of minoxidil that you might be curious about..

How does minoxidil work?

Researchers point out minoxidil seems to work as a peripheral vasodilator; it can widen the blood vessels to boost blood flow and nourishment to hair follicles, boosting hair growth. In addition to growing longer and thicker hair, minoxidil encourages hair follicles to remain longer in the anagen phase of the hair cycle (the phase in which hair grows).[2]

How much does minoxidil cost?

Minoxidil isn’t a one-time medication that can give you permanent effects on hair growth.[3] You may have to use it continuously to maximise its potential effects, so knowing how much it costs can help you set aside a budget, if necessary, before committing to it.

If you are wanting a pharmacy grade treatment, the price of a 180 mL 5% minoxidil solution can be around $79, worth three months of use. If however you would like a doctor prescribed treatment, personalised to your hair loss situation, this can cost from $29 a month.

At Mosh, your doctor will assess whether this product is clinically appropriate for you (and follow up if they have any questions).

What are the minoxidil side effects?

Before taking treatments like minoxidil for hair loss, it’s crucial to know its potential side effects. Some people experience redness, irritation, and itching at the site of application, which typically goes away after a few days. If you experience more severe effects such as swelling, chest pain, or palpitations, call a doctor immediately.[4]

A doctor can provide you with proper guidance as you use minoxidil, so you can reduce the risk of developing adverse reactions from it. Minoxidil can also be used with other treatments that a doctor can prescribe. You may inquire with your Mosh doctor about the available alternatives or complementary treatments. If you’re not ready for a medical pathway, your Mosh doctor may recommend our over-the-counter products or recommend you to try natural alternatives if necessary.

What precautions should I take when using minoxidil for hair?

When used correctly, minoxidil can be an effective treatment for the loss of hair. However, there are some precautions that you should take when considering taking minoxidil for hair loss:[5]

  • Avoid contact with the eyes, nose, or mouth. If contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Minoxidil is for external use only. Do not ingest.
  • Do not use on broken or irritated skin.
  • Stop use and consult a doctor if scalp irritation or scalp rash occurs.
  • Excessive use or prolonged exposure may cause irritation to the skin and increase the risk of side effects.

It’s crucial you use this minoxidil only as directed by your hair loss doctor. Mosh doctors can provide expert recommendations and assess your hair situation. They will consider various factors before advising you on how to improve your chances of achieving the results you seek.

Through text, video chat, or phone call, your doctor may ask you about your medical history, existing allergies, medications you’re currently taking, and any side effects you may have experienced with other products of medication for hair loss before. With this information, your doctor can have a better grasp of your condition and provide you with the right support you need.

How do I know how much minoxidil to use?

The dose of minoxidil for hair will be different for everyone; it depends on the minoxidil percentage present in a product and the severity of the hair loss. On average, adults need to apply 1 mL of minoxidil to the scalp twice a day for hair growth .[6] Doctors may adjust the minoxidil dosage of a patient if they experience side effects, signs of improvement, or both.

It’s crucial for your doctor to stay up to date on your health situation while taking minoxidil for hair or any hair loss medication to identify any issues early on in the hair growth treatment process.

Mosh hair treatment plans come with ongoing consultations with your doctor. With this, your doctor will be able to track your progress and observe other measures of your response to their recommended treatment. Of course, you don’t have to go with your doctor’s recommended treatment if you don’t feel comfortable taking it. You may request a different solution or switch to a different Mosh doctor instead.

At Mosh, you have the final word. If you’re satisfied with your doctor’s advice, you may opt to end your session there. Meanwhile, if your Mosh doctor prescribes certain hair growth products and you agree to take them, we can have them delivered to your location wherever you are in Australia.

Is it safe to purchase minoxidil products online?

When buying minoxidil for hair online, make sure that you are only purchasing from a reputable source. You don’t want to waste your money on subpar products that won’t work or, worse, are unsafe for you. 

Because doctors have a great deal of experience and knowledge in assessing the safety and effectiveness of various products, they are in a much better position to recommend products that are based on sound scientific evidence.

Mosh doctors work independently. With this service model, a doctor from our online platform is not obliged to prescribe you a particular medication for hair loss. They are able to prescribe what is most appropriate for your individual condition and needs based on their individual clinical judgment. Your health, happiness, and safety are their only incentives. 

If certain products, like topical minoxidil for hair loss, are part of your Mosh treatment plan, you can restock them conveniently through our subscription service. Should you wish to cancel your subscription for any reason, you may do so without incurring additional fees. Mosh works with a network of reputable pharmacies across Australia, allowing us to deliver your needed treatment products wherever you are.

Whether you need support for your hair loss, weight loss, or skincare problems, Mosh is right here for you.

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