What is Lonitab (Minoxidil) used for?
Lonitab (Minoxidil) is an oral medication prescribed to treat patients suffering from high blood pressure. It operates by relaxing blood vessels in the body to allow easier circulation and reduce the amount of work required by the heart. It may also be prescribed to prevent hair loss in men with male pattern baldness by stimulating the hair follicles. Your physician may prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Lonitab (Minoxidil)?
Follow the instructions provided by your physician while using Lonitab (Minoxidil) to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The typical dosage is one tablet taken once or twice daily, but your particular directions will depend on the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. The tablets should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach, but a meal or snack is recommended before application if you experience nausea. Do not crush, split, or chew the tablets before use as this may destroy or change the effects of their contents. Ask your physician any questions you have about using the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Lonitab (Minoxidil)?
Some patients using Lonitab (Minoxidil) may experience side effects such as:
More serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are unusual weight gain, increased heart rate, coughing, chest pain, difficulty breathing, faintness, signs of a skin rash, numbness, or swelling of the feet or ankles. These conditions may require alterations to your dosage or application frequency to prevent further complications from occurring.
Do not begin using Lonitab (Minoxidil) if you are lactose intolerant or have a tumor affecting the adrenal glands. Also inform your physician if you are elderly, if the patient is a child, or if you have heart failure, a recent heart attack, porphyrias, coronary heart disease, angina, or decreased kidney function. These conditions may require adjustments to your dosage to prevent potential health problems from occurring.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Lonitab (Minoxidil). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.