Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular

Loniten 

(minoxidil)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
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Lowers blood pressure.

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Our bottom line

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

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Best available price for 60 (2.5mg) tablets of minoxidil

Upsides

  • 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.

Downsides

  • 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.
How it works

Loniten (Minoxidil) is a vasodilator. It helps lower blood pressure by relaxing and opening the blood vessels in your arms, legs, and organs.

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Side effect rates for Loniten (minoxidil)

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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.

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Common concerns from people taking Loniten (minoxidil)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • You can take Loniten (Minoxidil) with or without food.
Kidneys and liver
  • Decreases your chance of stroke, heart attack, and kidney problems.