Lowers blood pressure.
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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- 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.
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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.
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