Generic Medicine Info
May be taken with or without food.
Phaeochromocytoma. Topical: Patient w/ treated or untreated HTN, scalp abnormality (e.g. psoriasis, sunburn), shaved scalp.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ pulmonary HTN, angina pectoris, chronic heart failure, recent MI. Renal impairment. Elderly, childn. Pregnancy and lactation. Monitoring Parameters Monitor BP, fluid and electrolytes, body wt, signs/symptoms of pericardial effusion, renal function.
Adverse Reactions
Reflex tachycardia, fluid retention, changes in ECG, hypertrichosis, pericardial effusion and tamponade, pericarditis, exacerbation of angina pectoris, headache, nausea, gynaecomastia, breast tenderness, polymenorrhoea, allergic rashes, Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Rarely, thrombocytopenia and leucopenia. Topical: Contact dermatitis, pruritus, local burning, flushing, changes in hair colour or texture.
Drug Interactions
Additive effect w/ other hypotensive drugs. Risk of orthostatic hypotension w/ sympathetic blocking drugs (e.g. guanethidine). Topical: Enhanced absorption w/ other topical medical preparations (e.g. corticosteroids, retinoids or occlusive ointment bases).
CIMS Class
Other Antihypertensives / Other Dermatologicals
ATC Classification
D11AX01 - minoxidil ; Belongs to the class of other dermatologicals.
C02DC01 - minoxidil ; Belongs to the class of pyrimidine derivative agents acting on arteriolar smooth muscle. Used in the treatment of hypertension.
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