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What is Loniten (Minoxidil) prescribed for?
High blood pressure, also known as Hypertension, is the measure of force of blood pushing against the blood vessel walls. What makes high blood pressure dangerous is because it makes the heart perform harder to pump blood out to the body and in turn it can contribute to the hardening of arteries, stroke, kidney disease, and to heart failure.
This medication is normally used with other drugs, to treat high blood pressure. It works by relaxing the blood vessels so blood can flow at a much easier pace. Lowering ones high blood pressure can prevent strokes, heart attacks and kidney problems.
This medication comes in the singular dose of 10mg. Remember; your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.
This medication is to be taken by mouth, once or twice daily. And it can be taken with or without food. Remember that the dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment.
Take this medication with you other regular blood pressure medications, in order to get the most benefit. Remember to take them all at the same time, each day. It is important to keep doing so as well. Even if you feel well. Do not stop taking this medication, if the medication intake is paused, it may increase the risk of various side effects.
It may take several days up to a couple of weeks before you start to feel the full benefit of this medication.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Minoxidil; or to any other medications or allergies in general.
Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history. Inform you doctor if you have had any of the following; pheochromocytoma, heart problems (such as heart failure, chest pain, recent heart attack), kidney disease, a certain lung disease (pulmonary hypertension).
Dizziness or lightheadedness may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. If either of these effects persists or worsens, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Minoxidil may cause increased growth or darkening of fine body hairs. If this bothers you, consult your doctor. When you stop taking the medication, the hair will usually return to normal within 1 to 6 months.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: fast heartbeat, symptoms of heart failure (such as shortness of breath, swelling ankles/feet, unusual tiredness, unusual/sudden weight gain), fainting.
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: chest/jaw/left arm pain.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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