Safety and efficacy of topical minoxidil in the management of androgenetic alopecia

    Robert L. Rietschel, Susan E. Duncan
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    TLDR Minoxidil helps hair growth and prevents hair loss in androgenetic alopecia. It's safe and effective.
    Topical minoxidil is a safe and effective treatment for androgenetic alopecia, promoting hair growth and preventing further hair loss. Studies have shown that both 2% and 3% solutions are effective, with minimal side effects reported. Continued use is important for maintaining hair growth, and it may be useful for patients who have had hair transplant surgery. However, caution should be exercised in patients with underlying medical conditions, and systemic absorption of the drug can lead to mild testosterone suppression and potentially cause impotence.
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