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Loniten (Minoxidil) belongs to a group of medications known as vasodilators. It is used to control severely elevated blood pressure that is not manageable with a water pill and two other blood pressure medications.
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Loniten (Minoxidil) belongs to a group of medications known as vasodilators. It is used to control severely elevated blood pressure that is not manageable with a water pill and two other blood pressure medications. After the first dose of Loniten (Minoxidil), blood pressure usually starts to go down within one-half hour.
High blood pressure increases the work of the heart, and it may damage the heart, kidneys, brain, and blood vessels if left for too long. Loniten (Minoxidil) works by relaxing the blood vessels so the blood passes through them more easily. This helps to lower blood pressure.
Loniten (Minoxidil) may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Loniten (Minoxidil) may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Loniten (Minoxidil) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Loniten (Minoxidil) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Loniten (Minoxidil), speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Loniten (Minoxidil) without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Loniten (Minoxidil) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Loniten (Minoxidil) if their doctor has not prescribed it.
The recommended starting dose of Loniten (Minoxidil) for adults is 5 mg given in 2 divided doses (i.e., 2.5 mg taken 2 times a day).
If the desired blood pressure is not achieved, your doctor may increase the dose to 10 mg daily after 3 days, 20 mg daily after an additional 3 days, and 40 mg daily after 3 more days. These are only guidelines. Some people may require higher doses to keep their blood pressure under control.
The dose for children less than 12 years of age is based on weight. The recommended dose is 0.2 mg per kilogram of body weight each day, divided into 2 equal doses and will be calculated by your doctor.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
Loniten (Minoxidil) is usually taken along with two other medications to help lower blood pressure and prevent side effects of Loniten (Minoxidil). It may be taken with food or on an empty stomach. Swallow Loniten (Minoxidil) whole with water or other liquids.
It is important to take Loniten (Minoxidil) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. Call the doctor if you miss two or more doses in a row. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store Loniten (Minoxidil) at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Loniten (Minoxidil). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Loniten (Minoxidil) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Loniten (Minoxidil). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of these side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your doctor or seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Loniten (Minoxidil).
Each round, white, scored tablet, embossed with a "U" and "121" on one side and "2½" on the other, contains Loniten (Minoxidil) 2.5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and silicon dioxide. Loniten (Minoxidil) does not contain gluten.
Each round, white, scored tablet, embossed with a "U" and "137" on one side and "10" on the other, contains Loniten (Minoxidil) 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and silicon dioxide. Loniten (Minoxidil) does not contain gluten.
Do not take Loniten (Minoxidil) if you:
There may be an interaction between Loniten (Minoxidil) and any of the following:
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with Loniten (Minoxidil). Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin taking a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should take Loniten (Minoxidil).
Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Loniten (Minoxidil) may affect the mental or physical abilities needed to drive or operate machinery. Avoid driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous tasks until you have determined how Loniten (Minoxidil) affects you.
Heart disease: People with certain types of heart disease may be at an increased risk of adverse reactions to Loniten (Minoxidil). If you have a history of heart attack or Stroke, heart disease, blood vessel disease, or Angina (chest pain), discuss with your doctor how Loniten (Minoxidil) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Loniten (Minoxidil), and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Kidney function: If you have Kidney Disease or reduced kidney function, discuss with your doctor how Loniten (Minoxidil) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Loniten (Minoxidil), and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Weight: Loniten (Minoxidil) can cause fluid to build up in the body, possibly leading to congestive heart disease. This can be controlled with diuretic medication (water pills) if necessary. Weigh yourself every day while taking Loniten (Minoxidil). If your weight increases by 2 kg (1 kg for children), call your doctor right away. Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience swollen feet, ankles, or wrists, or difficulty breathing.
Pregnancy: Loniten (Minoxidil) should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking Loniten (Minoxidil), contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: Loniten (Minoxidil) passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking Loniten (Minoxidil), it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
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