My Pros & Cons of Drinking Minoxidil vs Tablets

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Hi all, just wanted to chime in with some of my own input regarding this topic. First off, unless you are already using minoxidil orally I strongly recommend you rethink your decision and first seek a professional medical opinion before moving forward. I have been using minoxidil orally for almost 3 years, 1 on tablets and the rest drinking the solution from a kirkland bottle in 12.5mg doses. From my experience using both I can confidently say ( in my case ) that drinking it has worked just the same. I will attach a picture of my dropper below for reference on how I measure my doses. The first measurement line from the bottom is 0.25ml which contains 12.5mg of Minoxidil. a full 1ml contains 50mg. Below are a few Pros/Cons of each method ive noted. Please remember this is just my observation, thoughts and opinion and should not be used as a guideline or replacement for qualified medical opinions.

Tablet Pros:
Convenience
Simple to keep track of
Same dosage guaranteed

Tablet Cons:
Requires Prescription
More Expensive
Harder to source (without prescription)
Potentional fakes(without prescription)

Liquid Pros
Easy to obtain (no prescription)
Much cheaper
2 Bottles can last a year
Guaranteed legitimate minoxidil

Liquid Cons:
Harder to dose accurately
Forgetting you dosed and take more

Reading whats above you can see why I opted to switch to drinking the solution, and haven't looked back since. Also saved $$$ which is nice.Im interested to hear other oral minoxidil users experiences, thoughts and opinions, also which form of minoxidil you are taking/dosing.
Andy.
 

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Lumalux

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I have been using the same method for about four months and agree with your points.
How do you know how much Minoxidil in mLs yields how many mgs? I know that a 5% solution will be 95 parts carrier and 5 parts Minoxidil. How do you convert mLs to mgs?
I have been using 5-10 drops twice a day.
The dropper from the Walmart brand that I have been using must be fatter. The 1.0 mL mark is halfway up the dropper.
 
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I have been using the same method for about four months and agree with your points.
How do you know how much Minoxidil in mLs yields how many mgs? I know that a 5% solution will be 95 parts carrier and 5 parts Minoxidil. How do you convert mLs to mgs?
I have been using 5-10 drops twice a day.
The dropper from the Walmart brand that I have been using must be fatter. The 1.0 mL mark is halfway up the dropper.
% (W/V) is percent of weight of solution in the total volume of solution. So for 5% (W/V) Minoxidil, 3.5 g of Minoxidil is contained within 60 mL of solution thus a 0.1 mL dose is equal to 5 mg of Minoxidil
 

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% (W/V) is percent of weight of solution in the total volume of solution. So for 5% (W/V) Minoxidil, 3.5 g of Minoxidil is contained within 60 mL of solution thus a 0.1 mL dose is equal to 5 mg of Minoxidil
Thank you.
 

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If I use .5ml of 5% min then it will be 25mg right?

If I add .5ml of water will it be 12.5? If I add another .5ml water = 6.25mg?

If yes, so each .5ml is 6.25mg? So if that's my dosage, I just made 3 doses?
 
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Thank you.
According to BetaBoy, every 0.1 mL of the 5% topical solution contains 5 mg of Minoxidil. Adding water does not change the total amount of Minoxidil; you are just lowering the concentration. You are just diluting it and increasing the volume of the solution. If you consume the whole amount, you are still ingesting 5 mg of Minoxidil.

Pay attention to how much of the 5% solution you are dispensing rather than the amount of water you are putting it in, in order to ensure you are getting the correct dose. Use the dropper as he described above and put it in however much water makes it easiest for you to drink. I typically put it in about 6 ounces of water. The Minoxidil solution is almost tasteless at that concentration.
 

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Hi all, just wanted to chime in with some of my own input regarding this topic. First off, unless you are already using minoxidil orally I strongly recommend you rethink your decision and first seek a professional medical opinion before moving forward. I have been using minoxidil orally for almost 3 years, 1 on tablets and the rest drinking the solution from a kirkland bottle in 12.5mg doses. From my experience using both I can confidently say ( in my case ) that drinking it has worked just the same. I will attach a picture of my dropper below for reference on how I measure my doses. The first measurement line from the bottom is 0.25ml which contains 12.5mg of Minoxidil. a full 1ml contains 50mg. Below are a few Pros/Cons of each method ive noted. Please remember this is just my observation, thoughts and opinion and should not be used as a guideline or replacement for qualified medical opinions.

Tablet Pros:
Convenience
Simple to keep track of
Same dosage guaranteed

Tablet Cons:
Requires Prescription
More Expensive
Harder to source (without prescription)
Potentional fakes(without prescription)

Liquid Pros
Easy to obtain (no prescription)
Much cheaper
2 Bottles can last a year
Guaranteed legitimate minoxidil

Liquid Cons:
Harder to dose accurately
Forgetting you dosed and take more

Reading whats above you can see why I opted to switch to drinking the solution, and haven't looked back since. Also saved $$$ which is nice.Im interested to hear other oral minoxidil users experiences, thoughts and opinions, also which form of minoxidil you are taking/dosing.
Andy.
still no bloating or facial sides ? thanks
 

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I have been using the same method for about four months and agree with your points.
How do you know how much Minoxidil in mLs yields how many mgs? I know that a 5% solution will be 95 parts carrier and 5 parts Minoxidil. How do you convert mLs to mgs?
I have been using 5-10 drops twice a day.
The dropper from the Walmart brand that I have been using must be fatter. The 1.0 mL mark is halfway up the dropper.
5 to 10 drops twice daily? my god you have been using 20mg to 40mg daily. RIP HEART!
 

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Reading whats above you can see why I opted to switch to drinking the solution
yeah - volumetric dosing is likely as or more precise than tablets in terms of delivered mg
definitely true if you buy the larger mg loniten tablets and split them (which will likely have uneven doses in the chunks)

not that this level of precision matters anyway...
If I use .5ml of 5% min then it will be 25mg right?

If I add .5ml of water will it be 12.5? If I add another .5ml water = 6.25mg?

If yes, so each .5ml is 6.25mg? So if that's my dosage, I just made 3 doses?
No, once you add 0.5ml water to 0.5ml minoxidil liquid, to go from 25mg to 12.5mg per 0.5ml concentration...
you must then add another 1ml of water to achieve another halving (since there's now 1ml total liquid) to get to 6.25gm per 0.5ml

tl;dr - add 1.5ml water to 0.5ml of 5% minoxidil
to end up with 4x 0.5ml doses containing 6.25mg each
 

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wondering if you've ever considered taking it sublingually to give ur liver a break from all the hair loss meds? very informative post btw and an impressive journey overall, hope u stay active here
edit: if i ever had to get on this id most def fill the liquid into empty capsules (already do w fina) to avoid the taste
 

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wondering if you've ever considered taking it sublingually to give ur liver a break from all the hair loss meds?
virtually no data on sublingual minoxidil yet, better to just take a few days off and/or temporarily lower oral dose to give your liver a break
0.1ml is 2 drops according to google which is 5mg. if you want to use 10mg daily use 4 drops.
only true if 1ml is exactly 20 drops, guess people can count it out

tried for a few weeks before my loniten pills arrived, 1ml was over 30 drops with my dropper
 

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5 to 10 drops twice daily? my god you have been using 20mg to 40mg daily. RIP HEART!
I guess it has been a really high dose but I have not had any adverse side effects. Still no explosive hypertrichosis yet but some.
 

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No wait 0.25ml on my dropper was exactly 10 drops of minoxidill, which is exactly 12.5mg.
Every 0.25ml on the dropper is 10 drops which is 12.5mg, dropper has x4 0.25ml, 12.5mg+12.5mg+12.5mg+12.5mg equals 50mg. doesnt take a math genius to understand this, lol. if you want to use half of 12.5mg use 5 drops. if you dont get 10 drops of pure minoxidill from 0.25ml. get a new dropper lol. and btw put the drops in an empty gelatin capsule and swallow. you can buy it off amazon/ebay.
 
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A few points

- Do you have a link to the graded dropper you use?

- Yes, liquid minoxidil work

- I'd add one con to liquid which is that you don't know if the drug is consistent throughout the liquid - therefore one month you might be consuming a lot less than you think, another month a lot more

- The droplet method is good except that with time the hole on the dropper gets bigger and thus droplets get bigger, so you have to recount the amount of droplets in 1 mL every month or so
 

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wondering if you've ever considered taking it sublingually to give ur liver a break from all the hair loss meds? very informative post btw and an impressive journey overall, hope u stay active here
edit: if i ever had to get on this id most def fill the liquid into empty capsules (already do w fina) to avoid the taste
I take it sublingual. But i do not know if it works. I Just took 0.3ML (15mg) and have zero increase in heart rate whatsoever.
Oral minoxidil 5mg gave me a crazy rapid heartbeat. I am going to do 0.3ML more to see if it affects my heart rate. If it doesn't, i'll take 5mg oral tomorrow and see if that still effects my HR the same as before.
I am taking sublingual Minoxidil now for 2 weeks without the sides (bloating/eyebags) i had on oral, so I'm curious about if it is effective or not.

For all the other people:
Please buy a syringe, like wtf are you even doing? Counting drops? Haha, buy a syringe and just get 0.1ML and put it in your mouth.
 

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I take it sublingual. But i do not know if it works. I Just took 0.3ML (15mg) and have zero increase in heart rate whatsoever.
Oral minoxidil 5mg gave me a crazy rapid heartbeat. I am going to do 0.3ML more to see if it affects my heart rate. If it doesn't, i'll take 5mg oral tomorrow and see if that still effects my HR the same as before.
I am taking sublingual Minoxidil now for 2 weeks without the sides (bloating/eyebags) i had on oral, so I'm curious about if it is effective or not.

For all the other people:
Please buy a syringe, like wtf are you even doing? Counting drops? Haha, buy a syringe and just get 0.1ML and put it in your mouth.
man taht's really interesting do you think could use the tablet ( i have a loniten presciption) and just let the tablet dissolve under my tongue to mimic sublingual road?
 

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man taht's really interesting do you think could use the tablet ( i have a loniten presciption) and just let the tablet dissolve under my tongue to mimic sublingual road?
I have oral as well. 5mg under my tongue does not seem to impact heart rate and bloating whatsoever. That's also why I do not know if it works.
Just took 0.6ML topical liquid minoxidil under my tongue (no swallowing) zero change to heart rate.
I think 'i'll see results earliest in 3 months from now.
 

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I've been taking 5mg loniten sublingual for a few months - 2.5mg am & pm. Some hairs here and there but nothing substantial. Three weeks ago decided to swallow 2.5 pm dose. A week after that I was not feeling well and took 1 Aleve (200 mg naproxen - NSAID) and Alka Seltzer (250 mg acetaminophen) daily for about 4-5 days. On the 5th day my ankles became cankles - unreal swelling and bags under my eyes. Massive fluid retention (I gained like 6-8 pounds of water). Scary stuff so I stopped the Aleve/Alka Seltzer and 2.5mg pm dose immediately. Within 3 days everything became normal and restarted the 2.5mg pm dose sublingually. So far so good. This means that swallowing 2.5mg pm dose or the Aleve/Alka Seltzer was the culprit (or both). I thought I read somewhere that OTC pain relievers + Oral minoxidil can exacerbate edema. In a week or so I will probably retry swallowing the 2.5mg pm dose to see what happens.
 

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I've been taking 5mg loniten sublingual for a few months - 2.5mg am & pm. Some hairs here and there but nothing substantial. Three weeks ago decided to swallow 2.5 pm dose. A week after that I was not feeling well and took 1 Aleve (200 mg naproxen - NSAID) and Alka Seltzer (250 mg acetaminophen) daily for about 4-5 days. On the 5th day my ankles became cankles - unreal swelling and bags under my eyes. Massive fluid retention (I gained like 6-8 pounds of water). Scary stuff so I stopped the Aleve/Alka Seltzer and 2.5mg pm dose immediately. Within 3 days everything became normal and restarted the 2.5mg pm dose sublingually. So far so good. This means that swallowing 2.5mg pm dose or the Aleve/Alka Seltzer was the culprit (or both). I thought I read somewhere that OTC pain relievers + Oral minoxidil can exacerbate edema. In a week or so I will probably retry swallowing the 2.5mg pm dose to see what happens.
Sounds like the same story as with me with oral. So you do not feel like it is effective sublingual? I mean 5mg is a hefty dose, if even half converts, it will give you beard/arm/head growth.
 
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