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Oral Minoxidil

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Minoxidil tablets are an effective treatment for certain types of hair loss, helping to stimulate hair regrowth and prevent further thinning.

  • An innovative treatment for hair loss in men
  • Systemic treatment option
  • Once daily tablet


Buy Minoxidil 2.5mg Tablets for Hair Loss Online

You can buy oral minoxidil tablets online from our UK registered online pharmacy and Doctor service. Oral minoxidil tablets are an effective treatment for male pattern baldness in men.

After completing an online assessment form, our GPs can assess if the treatment is suitable for you. If approved, a prescription will be issued to our pharmacy team, who will dispense and dispatch your order.

Oral Minoxidil Overview

Oral Minoxidil is a medication licensed to treat high blood pressure, which can also be prescribed off-label for the treatment of hair loss. Recognized for its efficacy, oral Minoxidil has been a cornerstone in the fight against hair loss. Our UK registered online pharmacy provides access to oral Minoxidil after a thorough online assessment, ensuring the treatment is suitable for you.

We have both branded Loniten and generic minoxidil; these medications are almost identical, using the same active ingredient, and are just as effective as each other. The only differences are a few minor ingredients, and the price.

Our doctors prescribe oral minoxidil for hair loss as 'off-label' use. 'Off-label' means the medicine is being used in a way that is different to how it's described in the medical licence of the product. You can read more information here.

Oral Minoxidil Summary

Dosing1.25mg (half a tablet) for two weeks then ONE 2.5mg tablet daily thereafter
How It WorksEnhances blood flow to hair follicles, potentially improving hair density and stimulating hair growth
ResultsImprovements in hair coverage and thickness over time, with best results seen with consistent, long-term use.
PriceFrom £45.00
Side EffectsCan include changes in blood pressure, fluid retention, unwanted hair growth on the face and body.


How Does Oral Minoxidil Work?

Oral minoxidil was originally developed as a medication for high blood pressure but was found to have the beneficial side effect of promoting hair growth. It works by dilating small blood vessels, improving blood flow to hair follicles, which can rejuvenate and stimulate hair growth, offering hope for those with hair loss. Androgenetic alopecia (hair loss) is often caused by a hormone called DHT. This hormone is derived from testosterone, and reduces blood flow to the hair follicles. While other hair loss treatments, such as finasteride, may help to lower your levels of DHT, minoxidil instead focuses on reverting some of the damage DHT causes.

When you start taking minoxidil, you may notice some extra hair shedding. This is a normal part of the hair growth cycle, and shows that the medication is working. The hair that grows in its place will be stronger and thicker than the lost hairs.

Oral Minoxidil vs Topical Minoxidil

While both oral and topical minoxidil treatments use the same active ingredient, there can be some differences between them.

The most obvious is how they are taken; topical minoxidil is applied directly to the scalp. While this may give slightly more control over which areas receive the treatment, it can be difficult to use, and to fit into your daily routine.

Oral Minoxidil users may find the systemic approach more convenient or effective compared to topical treatments, which require direct application to the scalp. While oral Minoxidil can offer widespread benefits for hair growth, it may also carry a greater risk of systemic side effects. It's essential to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate form of Minoxidil for your situation.

We would recommend that a topical preparation is tried first before considering oral tablets.

Oral Minoxidil Alternatives

Some patients may find that oral minoxidil isn’t as effective at treating their hair loss. While we do stock alternatives for male pattern baldness, please note these may not be suitable for female pattern baldness.

Oral Minoxidil Dosage

The minoxidil dose is typically lower to treat androgenetic alopecia compared to its licensed indication of hypertension - the starting dose is 1.25mg (half a tablet) for two weeks, increasing to 2.5mg after that.

This means that patients will need to halve the tablet themselves to start with. We would suggest a tablet cutter.

It is best practice to take your dose of minoxidil at the same time each day.

Minoxidil is a long-term medication; it may take a few weeks to months to see results. Should you stop taking minoxidil, hair regrowth will stop.

Oral Minoxidil Side Effects

As with all medications, some users may experience side effects when using oral minoxidil - however, most will not.

The most common side effects of oral minoxidil may include;

  • Increased heart rate
  • Inflammation of the heart
  • Abnormal electrocardiogram (ECG) results
  • Increased hair growth
  • Fluid retention


In some cases, these side effects can be serious. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects;

  • Feeling faint or dizzy, especially when you stand up
  • Retaining water (ankles become puffy, rings get tight, weight gain)
  • Getting more wheezy, breathless or tired, especially if you already have a weak heart
  • Angina (acute chest pains), either new or worsening


If you notice any of the following side effects when taking this medication, please discontinue use and speak to your GP;  

  • shortness of breath 
  • discomfort when breathing when lying down 
  • chest pain 
  • chest fullness 
  • lightheadedness/feeling faint 
  • swelling of the legs/abdomen, 


This is not an exhaustive list; please read the Patient Information Leaflet for a full overview of potential side effects.

Warnings for use of Oral Minoxidil

Do not take this medication if;

  • You are allergic to minoxidil, or any of the listed ingredients
  • You have high blood pressure caused by a tumour (phaeochromocytoma)


Speak to your doctor before using this product if;

  • You are pregnant, or trying to get pregnant
  • You suffer from heart failure
  • You have ever had a heart attack
  • You have kidney or liver problems


Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medications, including those obtained without a prescription. This is particularly important if you are taking any medications to lower your blood pressure, including guanethidine or betanidine.

It is vital that you answer the patient assessment form honestly and accurately, to ensure this medication is suitable for you.


What is oral minoxidil?

Oral minoxidil is a medication originally used to treat high blood pressure, but it has also been found to promote hair growth. It’s now prescribed for individuals experiencing hair loss, offering them hope and a potential solution to their concerns.

How does oral minoxidil work for hair loss?

Oral minoxidil helps to widen blood vessels, improving blood flow to hair follicles. This enhanced circulation provides more nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles, encouraging hair growth and potentially slowing down hair loss.

Who can take oral minoxidil?

Oral minoxidil is suitable for adults experiencing hair loss. However, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new medication. They can provide personalised advice based on your health history and current condition.

How should I take oral minoxidil?

Always follow the guidance provided by your healthcare professional regarding dosage and frequency. It’s important not to adjust your dosage without consulting them, even if you’re eager for faster results.

What are the potential side effects of oral minoxidil?

While many people use oral minoxidil without experiencing severe side effects, some may occur, including unwanted hair growth in areas other than the scalp, changes in weight, or feelings of lightheadedness. Please contact us or your healthcare provider if you have concerns or experience these effects.

Can I use oral minoxidil alongside other hair loss treatments?

In some cases, oral minoxidil may be used in combination with other treatments. However, this should only be done under the guidance of a healthcare professional to ensure safety and effectiveness.

How long does it take to see results from oral minoxidil?

Patience is key with oral minoxidil. It may take several months to notice a significant change in hair growth. Consistency and following your healthcare professional's instructions are crucial during this period.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of oral minoxidil, take it as soon as you remember, unless it’s almost time for your next dose. In that case, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed one.

Can I order oral minoxidil in the UK?

Yes - oral minoxidil is available through our Online Doctor service. Simply fill in a short assessment to see if this treatment is suitable for you, and we can arrange delivery straight to your door!


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Abdal Alvi, Superintendent Pharmacist


Abdal Alvi

RoleSuperintendent Pharmacist
Qual.Masters of Pharmacy (MPharm)
AboutAbdal is the Superintendent Pharmacist and Hub Operations Manager. He is passionate about delivering the highest levels of pharmaceutical care to all our patients through clinical governance and minimising risk. Previously, he managed community pharmacies for over 15 years, shaping a number of local and national health strategies. He is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and has completed his Independent Prescribing qualification.


There are some common myths about hair loss, some which have some basis in fact, and others which are just a little ridiculous! To clarify some of the common myths and misconceptions about hair loss, we have compiled a list of the ones we hear most often.

  1. Pluck One Grey Hair And Two Grow Back – This hair loss myth has floated around for the longest time. However, it is not true that if you pluck a grey hair, two will grow back!
  2. Standing On Your Head Makes Your Hair Grow  – We told you some are a little ridiculous! Despite this being  a commonly heard myth, we have confidence that you have never spent long periods on your head in the hope of some hair growth! The myth is routed in the false belief that blood flow to the head will help hair growth. However hair loss is not a blood flow problem, but generally linked to sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone.
  3. There’s No Cure For Baldness – From the incredibly optimistic, to the ultra pessimistic. While there is no “miracle cure” that is going to work for everyone, and bring back your hair to it’s most lush, there are certainly many successful treatments. Laser therapy and hair transplant have the highest success rate, although are on the expensive end of treatment. Drugs like Propecia is a successful treatment of hair loss, and other shampoos and lotions (such as Regaine) can also help stop or reverse hair growth in milder cases of hair loss.
  4. Hair gel and hairspray can cause hair loss – Nop! There is no evidence to suggest they can cause balding. Also in this category of myth, over shampooing, or washing do not cause hair loss either. However, the grain of truth in the myths are that over-mechanical utilisation of hair, can weaken it. So things like using curling irons, or constantly pulling at your hair, can lead to acceleration of existing hair loss.
  5. Hair loss is  from your mum’s side of the gene pool – While  the primary baldness gene is on the X chromosome (the one men inherit from their mothers), research suggests that men who have a bald father are more likely to develop male pattern baldness than those who don’t.
  6. Higher Testosterone Linked To Hair Loss – The inherited problem is a sensitivity to DHT (dihydrotestosterone). It is this that can cause hair loss in men and some women. However taking synthetic testosterone can accelerate hair loss in men.
  7. Hats Cause Baldness – Nop! They Don’t! So whether you wear a baseball cap, or a bowler hat, you can dig it out of the cupboard again.
  8. I Can Grow Back Dead Hair Follicles – Unfortunately not. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. Medication like Propecia, or laser therapy, can help hair follicles become thicker and healthier, but the only option for regrowth is a hair transplant.


Treatment Comparison

EffectivenessShown to prevent or help regrow hair in 9/10 menShown to prevent or help regrow hair in 9/10 menShown to prevent or help regrow hair in 8/10 men
Time to WorkUsually at least 3 monthsUsually at least 3 monthsAs soon as two months
How To UseTake ONE tablet dailyTake ONE tablet dailyApply to scalp twice daily
IngredientFinasteride 1mgFinasteride 1mgMinoxidil 5%

Info Leaflet

It's important to read the Patient Information Leaflet before using minoxidil. This leaflet provides comprehensive information about the medication. This includes how to use it, storage, and disposal, as well as safety advice and side effects. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by searching at medicines.org.uk or by contacting us directly.

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