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How Minoxidil Oral Works and Specific Uses

How Does This Medication Work?

Minoxidil oral works by relaxing and enlarging blood vessels in the body, allowing blood to flow more easily through the vessels. Because blood flows more easily, blood pressure lowers.

Can Children Take It?

Yes -- this medication is approved for use in children, including infants. However, using minoxidil oral in children requires very careful dosing adjustments until an amount is found that controls blood pressure.

Is It Safe for Older Adults to Use Minoxidil Oral?

Older adults can use minoxidil oral; however, they may be more sensitive to the side effects of the drug. Therefore, older adults are usually started on lower dosages, which are gradually increased to an effective dose.

Is Minoxidil Oral Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for something other than severe, uncontrolled hypertension. This is known as an "off-label" use. Using minoxidil oral to treat hypertensive crisis (a life-threatening spike in blood pressure that is a medical emergency) is an example of an off-label use.
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