Would appreciate your honest responses please. There is a lot available on the bad effects of Minox on the heart at webmd.com etc (oral has the worst, but given this stuff goes systemic anyhow..). There was also a study at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1386573/
Which basically makes the point that even at 2%, Minox can be dangerous.
In small animal test studies, most worryingly Minox caused lesions on the heart tissue. This is mentioned to in the webmd database as well as here:Systemic cardiovascular effects during chronic treatment with topical minoxidil vs placebo were evaluated using a double-blind, randomized design for two parallel groups (n = 20 for minoxidil, n = 15 for placebo). During 6 months of follow-up, blood pressure did not change, whereas minoxidil increased heart rate by 3-5 beats min-1. Compared with placebo, topical minoxidil caused significant increases in LV end-diastolic volume, in cardiac output (by 0.751 min-1) and in LV mass (by 5 g m-2). We conclude that in healthy subjects short-term use of topical minoxidil is likely not to be detrimental. However, safety needs to be established regarding ischaemic symptoms in patients with coronary artery disease as well as for the possible development of LV hypertrophy in healthy subjects during years of therapy.
http://www.acsh.org/healthissues/newsID ... detail.asp
Bernstein's attitude (wont say no, but dont like it) seems to be shared by other doctors. I have read in other forums that Hasson & Wong are not fans of Rogaine either, and Dr Woods (credited by many, as the inventor of FUE) is not a fan of either Rogaine or Propecia.Safety is a major Rogaine myth, according to Robert M. Bernstein, M.D., medical director of New Jersey's New Hair Institute and an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. The reports of clinical trials submitted to the FDA cannot have predictive utility for persons who use the medication throughout adulthood, says Bernstein. He cites known, potentially serious side effects that minoxidil (Rogaine's active ingredient) can have in patients who take it as an oral medication for high blood pressure: coronary artery disease, fluid retention, and heart failure. In high concentrations, Bernstein adds, topical minoxidil has been shown to cause heart-muscle damage in lab animals.
Many of Bernstein's hair-transplant patients use Rogaine after the surgery. Bernstein says he neither encourages nor discourages this. "We leave it up to the patient. But the whole purpose of doing the transplant is that people don't want to be bothered anymore. And Rogaine won't affect the transplanted area, although it will have some small effect on slowing hair loss in other places," he explains.
Bernstein warns that applying to the scalp a mixture of 5-percent-minoxidil Rogaine and Retin-A — which some physicians use to increase minoxidil absorption — can lead to heart enlargement and other problems. "The side effects of increased doses of topical [2-percent-minoxidil] Rogaine, its safety with the use of other topical medications (such as Retin-A), and its potential danger when used on inflamed skin or even on wet scalp are largely unknown," he says.
Also look at http://www.ehealthme.com/q/minoxidil-si ... teractions
This does point out that Minoxidil related heart issues have surfaced.
On other webboards: there are credible user complaints of Minox (topical) having caused Mitral Valve prolapse (Valve damage) and others.
Now, I was a smoker for many years & not exactly a champion for healthy living, plus went through loads of stress. Worried about Minox being a dangerous issue.
So two questions -
01 Your honest view on Minox and heart issues. What have you experienced, heard etc
02 Is there sort of a minimum dose of Minox which one can use to minimize adverse affects? It wont be as effective on hair.. but then thats a price one has to pay
What I found amazing was that in a few months of use, Minox can reverse the damage caused by many months of non use. The bald spots remain bald, but the rest are really pulling together. Even in the bald areas, there are probably vellus hairs..as they appear rougher to the touch..
I really dont want to give up Minox, but seems I am out of options.