Minoxidil - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Minoxidil is used in the management of severe high blood pressure which causes damage to vital organs or for those who are unresponsive to standard therapy for high blood pressure.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Minoxidil exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more than instructed by your doctor.

Minoxidil may be taken with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have phaeochromocytoma (tumour of the adrenal gland) as this medicine may not be suitable for you.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have any of these:

- recent heart attack
- high blood pressure affecting the lungs
- angina (chest pain)
- heart failure
- kidney failure

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you are going for procedures such as dialysis, inform your doctor that you are taking Minoxidil.

For as long as you are taking this medicine, kidney function tests, ECG and chest x-ray should be done regularly to check your body's response to the medicine. Blood pressure, body weight, fluid and electrolyte levels should also be monitored.
What side effects could I experience?
This medicine may cause any of the following side effects:

- abnormal amount of hair growth
- fast heartbeat
- swelling in the ankles, feet, and legs
- weight gain

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience fever with persistent sore throat or mouth ulcers, unusual bleeding or bruising and chest pain with shortness of breath.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor if you are taking medicines for for high blood pressure e.g. guanethidine.

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Minoxidil.

Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on minoxidil - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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