Prescription RequiredHair Loss Treatment

Minoxidil Tablets for Women

Sale price$29.00 per month

(Delivered every 3 months)

Oral minoxidil tablets with Vitamin D were formulated by doctors to help reverse the early signs of female hair loss. Available as in lower-dose options for reduced side effects. Clinically shown to increase blood flow and nutrient delivery to the scalp, extend the active growth phase of the hair growth cycle and maintain keratin production.

Safety Information

Before you start using minoxidil and each time you get a refill, please review this important safety information. This information may be updated. It does not replace discussing your medical condition or treatment with your doctor or healthcare provider.

What is the FDA-approved use of minoxidil?

  • Topical minoxidil is FDA approved at concentrations of 2% and 5% as topical formulations to treat hair loss in women and men (Rogaine®). All other topical compounded strengths of minoxidil are considered off-label uses.
  • Oral minoxidil is FDA-approved for the treatment of symptomatic high blood pressure.
  • Oral minoxidil is not FDA-approved to treat hair loss, but may be prescribed off-label for this condition.
  • Oral minoxidil compounded with Vitamin D is not FDA-approved to treat hair loss.


What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking minoxidil?

Please inform your doctor or healthcare provider if any of the following apply:
  • You have a history of heart conditions (e.g., high blood pressure, heart failure, previous heart attack, pericarditis, abnormal heart rhythm, chest pain/angina)
  • You have a history of vascular conditions (e.g., stroke, severe lower leg swelling, pulmonary hypertension)
  • You have a history of liver or kidney disease or dysfunction
  • You have a history of any serious mental health conditions
  • You are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding
  • You are currently taking a Vitamin D supplement*
  • You have high levels of calcium*

*applies to compounded oral minoxidil with Vitamin D

You should be aware that minoxidil has the potential to be toxic to some animals. Please ensure that pets do not come into contact with minoxidil or lick your hands after application.

It is rare for Vitamin D to cause side effects at the prescribed doses. If you are taking a Vitamin D supplement, consult your doctor before taking compounded oral minoxidil with Vitamin D.

Who should not take minoxidil?

You should not take minoxidil if you:
  • Have ever had an allergic reaction to minoxidil
  • Have a history of liver disease or dysfunction
  • Have high blood levels of calcium*
  • Minoxidil should not be used by women who are pregnant, may be pregnant or are breastfeeding
  • Minoxidil should not be used by infants or children

*applies to compounded oral minoxidil with Vitamin D

Black box warning: Serious cardiac effects associated with oral minoxidil

  • Oral minoxidil has a black box warning because the medication is a powerful antihypertensive agent. Serious cardiovascular side effects have been observed in clinical trials where the drug has been used to treat symptomatic high blood pressure. When used off-label for hair loss, oral minoxidil is typically dosed at less than 5mg to help reduce the likelihood of experiencing an adverse cardiovascular event.
  • Oral minoxidil can cause pericardial effusion, which can progress to a condition called tamponade which increases pressure on the heart and keeps it from beating properly. This can result in sharp chest pain and difficulty breathing. Seek emergency treatment if this occurs.
  • Chest pain warning: Minoxidil can increase your heart rate and cause or worsen chest pain. If you have new or worsening pain in the chest, arm, or shoulders, tell your doctor right away or go to the nearest emergency department.
  • Heart function warning: Minoxidil can cause poor heart function or worsen existing heart problems like heart failure. When tested on animals, minoxidil caused several kinds of lesions of the heart muscle as well as other adverse heart effects. Patients with malignant hypertension and those already receiving guanethidine should be hospitalized when minoxidil is first administered so that they can be monitored to avoid too rapid or large decreases in blood pressure.

What are the possible side effects of minoxidil?

The following side effects have been reported with oral and topical minoxidil use:
  • A temporary increase in shedding/hair loss in the first weeks of use
  • Itchy scalp or skin rash
  • Dryness, scaling, or flakiness of the scalp
  • Redness or irritation at the application site
  • Unwanted facial or body hair growth (especially in women)
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain or palpitations
  • Swelling of hands, feet, or face

The above list does not represent all potential side effects, medication interactions or study data relating to the safety of minoxidil. It is important to talk to your doctor, healthcare provider and/or pharmacist if you are experiencing any side effects.

A comprehensive review of minoxidil, its clinical applications and safety can be found at this link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6691938/.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency or allergic reaction, call 911 or seek immediate medical attention.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription products to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Additional safety information can be found here, in the Digital Prescriber’s Reference for oral minoxidil: https://www.pdr.net/drug-summary/?drugLabelId=774.

* This page was medically reviewed by Dr. Christina Han, MD FRCPC.

* Oral minoxidil and compounded oral minoxidil has not been approved by the FDA for the treatment of female pattern hair loss. Only available if prescribed after an online consultation with a licensed healthcare provider. The FDA does not verify the safety or effectiveness of compounded drugs or off-label uses (learn more).

Is Oral Minoxidil Safe for Women?

Like most medications, oral minoxidil can cause side effects in some patients. Fortunately, studies show that this risk may be reduced by starting out with a lower dose of minoxidil.

Minoxidil Tablets for Women

Minoxidil Tablets for Women

Minoxidil Tablets with Vitamin D

Minoxidil Tablets with Vitamin D

Mechanism

Increases oxygen and nutrient delivery to the scalp. Stimulates growth of new blood vessels and triggers the active growth phase of the hair cycle.

All the clinical benefits of regular minoxidil, with added Vitamin D to help regulate the hair growth cycle, support stem cell health and protein production.

Side Effects

Higher doses of oral minoxidil have been linked to more frequent and serious systemic side effects (e.g. swelling, dizziness, blood pressure and heart rate changes).

Low dose minoxidil has been associated with a lower risk of side effects. This may be especially important for women (Fabbrocini et al., 2021).

Usage and Delivery

Usually just one tablet, once a day.

One tablet, once a day.

Illustration showing how minoxidil tablets help generate new blood vessels

Treating Female Hair Loss with Oral Minoxidil

Female pattern hair loss has many potential causes and the most effective treatments are often the ones that target different parts of hair growth. Minoxidil's ability to stimulate blood flow to the scalp and trigger active growth are complemented by Vitamin D's role in maintaining the growth cycle. The result? Healthier and more consistent hair growth.

Do Minoxidil Tablets for Female Hair Loss Work?

80%

of female patients taking low dose oral minoxidil experienced clinical improvement in hair loss.

(Rodrigues-Barata et al., 2020)

86%

of patients with stress-related hair loss saw improvements in hair shedding while taking low dose oral minoxidil.

(Perera et al., 2017)

70%

of patients who received a Vitamin D3 injection into the scalp saw at least a 51% improvement in hair regrowth.

(Rashad et al., 2022)

Minoxidil Side Effects: What You Should Know

Because it was originally developed as a heart medication, there are some risks that come with taking oral minoxidil. Possible side effects in women include changes in blood pressure and menstrual irregularity. Data shows that doses as low as 0.25mg can help prevent hair loss from worsening, while lowering the potential safety risks (Ramirez-Marin and Tosti, 2022).

How to Use Oral Minoxidil For Women

Visit XYON's Medical Library

At XYON, we believe in providing women with quality resources to empower them to make decisions about their own health. Our Medical Library includes a selection of medically-reviewed articles designed to help you navigate hair loss and shed light on the health issues that matter the most.

Starting Your Hair Growth Journey with XYON

Care and attention to detail can mean the world when you're struggling with hair loss. Here are all the benefits of being a member of the XYON community.

Access to Doctors Who Care

Every intake is reviewed by a specialist physician. They'll review your details and determine which treatment best suits your needs.

Customized Treatments

Treating women's hair loss is complex. We've partnered with compounding pharmacies that focus on preparing personalized formulas for patients.

Direct to Your Door

Hair loss is stressful. That's why we pledge to take care of every delivery and prescription refill, so you can rest a little easier.

Frequently Asked Questions About Minoxidil for Female Hair Loss

Here are some commonly asked questions about using minoxidil to treat thinning hair in women.