Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

Loniten

(Minoxidil)

  • Pill
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Lowers blood pressure.

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Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

Our pharmacists’ bottom line

Loniten (Minoxidil) should only be used to treat blood pressure when other medications can’t.

  • In a clinical trial, 75% of people using Loniten (Minoxidil) were able to greatly decrease their blood pressure.
  • Decreases your chance of stroke, heart attack, and kidney problems.
  • Loniten (Minoxidil) comes in a generic form, so it’s pretty cheap.
  • Could be safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • You'll need to take a diuretic or “water pill” to get rid of the salt and water your body hangs onto when taking Loniten (Minoxidil).
  • You'll also need to take a heart medication like a beta-blocker to slow your heart from beating too fast.
  • In some people, Loniten (Minoxidil) can cause chest pain, heart attack, or heart failure.
  • It can take a few weeks after starting Loniten (Minoxidil) before you feel the full benefits.

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Side effects for Loniten (Minoxidil)

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These are side effects of Loniten (Minoxidil) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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What to expect when you take Loniten (Minoxidil)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Loniten (Minoxidil) works best over time, so even if you're feeling okay, be sure to take it at the same time everyday.
  • You can take Loniten (Minoxidil) with or without food.
  • Avoid activities that need you to be fully alert like driving, until you know how Loniten (Minoxidil) affects you.
  • If you're sitting or lying down, get up slowly to minimize dizziness.
  • Be sure to have your blood pressure and heart rate checked often while taking Loniten (Minoxidil).
  • Talk to your doctor before taking medications that can raise your blood pressure, like cough or cold medications, diet pills, stimulants, ibuprofen, and some natural products.

Risks and Warnings for Loniten (Minoxidil)

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  • Loniten (Minoxidil) should only be taken under the supervision of a physician. In addition to Loniten (Minoxidil), a beta-blocker should be used taken to decrease the chances of tachycardia (fast heart rate). Most doctors also prescribe a loop diuretic with Loniten (Minoxidil) to prevent salt and water retention.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Loniten (Minoxidil)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • You can take Loniten (Minoxidil) with or without food.
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  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Decreases your chance of stroke, heart attack, and kidney problems.