Loniten

(Minoxidil)

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Lowers blood pressure.

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

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Quick facts about Minoxidil
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (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.
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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.

Quick facts about Minoxidil
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (minoxidil)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
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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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Pharmacist Q&A

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Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats moderate to severe hypertension (high blood pressure).

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats moderate to severe hypertension (high blood pressure).

Common concerns from people taking Loniten (Minoxidil)

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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
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Food
  • You can take Loniten (Minoxidil) with or without food.
Kidneys and liver
  • Decreases your chance of stroke, heart attack, and kidney problems.