Minoxidil Concentrations beyond 5 %
Everyday, patients come into my hair transplant office with all sorts of minoxidil compounded solutions other than the standard 2 % and 5% concentrations that are FDA approved. Some ordered online, some from their home countries. You name it, and I've seen it!
But is it safe?
It's true a small number of patients swear by it. That going form 5 % to 10 % really helped a lot. But the reality is that increasing the concentration significantly increased the chance of side effects. These include:
2. dizziness and blood pressure instability
3. heart palpitations
4. swelling in the face
5. pins and needles
6. hair growth in unwanted places
FDA: Cracking down on higher minoxidil concentrations
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now cracking down on companies selling the higher concentrations of minoxidil - out of simple recognition that they are not safe for some people.
All in all, for those considering minoxidil, sticking with 5 % minoxidil concentration is not only the safest option at present, but also the best option at present.
Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299