Can minoxidil causes a stuffy nose?


Questions, Treatment | Dr Dhanraj Chavan | June 1, 2021

As we know nowadays, the ratio of hair loss has increased tremendously. So to treat hair loss people try different medications, sometimes under Dermatologists guidance and sometimes as self-medication. Minoxidil is the US FDA approved medication used to treat hair loss. So minoxidil has various side-effects seen in different people at various stages. Therefore it is advised to use it under dermatologists guidance. Stuffy nose is also one of its side-effects. The question which strikes in our mind is can minoxidil cause a stuffy nose?

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What is Minoxidil?

As we know minoxidil is US FDA approved medication which is prescribed to treat hair loss. Minoxidil works well for hair loss in male as well as female. Actually the discovery of the use of minoxidil for hair loss is very accidental. Minoxidil was under clinical trial for blood pressure but researchers got to know that it actually helping hairs to grow.

How does minoxidil really work for hair loss? It actually helps by increasing the blood flow acting as a vasodilator at hair capillaries. and strengthen them by increasing the follicular size and shaft diameter.

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Minoxidil side effects

There are various side effects of Minoxidil, face by different people at different stages. Few side-effects such as signs of allergic reactions hives, difficulty in breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat. If you face any of these difficulties you should get emergency medical help as soon as possible. Although the risk of serious side effects is low when you use minoxidil topical. Whereas side-effects can occur if the medicine is absorbed into your bloodstream.

Few other side-effects seen are as follows:

  • Unwanted Facial Hair Growth
  • Fast Heartbeats
  • Severe Scalp Irritation
  • Swelling On Different Body Parts
  • Rapid Weight Gain
  • Headache, Dizziness
  • Light-Headed Feeling as If You Passed Out

Does Minoxidil Cause Running Nose Or Stuffy Nose?

In some cases, it has shown some side-effects as some patients get running nose which is a very rare case, tiredness, drowsiness, etc. I can definitely suggest you to meet up your doctor and check if the dosage of minoxidil needs to be changed or not. Sometimes it is also seen that, if the dosage is reduced then running nose is generally stopped or reduced. So don’t worry about it at all. I would recommend you to re-consult your doctor once again to know the reason behind it. Use of US FDA approved medications is always advised and good.

How to apply Minoxidil?

  • The usage of your medication differs from person to person.
  • Please don’t overdose your medicine, if anytime you missed any single dose.
  • Your hair and scalp should be completely dry before applying for Minoxidil.
  • Make sure you don’t wash your hairs for a minimum 4 hrs after applying Minoxidil.
  • Try to avoid the use of a blow drier to dry your hair as it can be less effective.
  • Don’t apply any other skin products while you have applied minoxidil. 

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If you see the serious difficulty, then you can change the medication also, under your dermatologist’s guidance only. I hope this will help you in understanding a few side-effects of minoxidil. Keep in touch. Kindly do comment and share this article with your friends, if you think it is helpful.

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