Can Minoxidil Pills Treat Hair Loss?

Thinning hair is a reality for most men and many women as they age — more than 80 percent of men and just under 50 percent of women will experience hair loss, according to NYU Langone Health. Many people turn to topical treatments like creams, shampoos, oils, and gels that promise to regrow hair or prevent the problem from getting worse.

These treatments typically contain minoxidil, and they may be more broadly referred to as topical minoxidil.

Minoxidil is an ingredient that has been used for decades and is generally considered safe and well tolerated. But its effectiveness is variable, says Sandeep Sattur, MD, a hair restoration surgeon at the HairRevive Center for Hair Restoration and Skin Rejuvenation in Mumbai, India. Additionally, this form of minoxidil can cause unpleasant side effects, among other drawbacks.

Now, for potentially better treatment, some dermatologists are now prescribing oral minoxidil to combat hair loss. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved these hair loss pills, doctors are free to prescribe oral minoxidil for this off-label use. Here’s what you need to know if you or a loved one is dealing with hair loss and are curious if minoxidil might be an option.

Can Minoxidil Pills Treat Hair Loss?

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