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Review: could Minoxidil cause Headache?

Summary: Headache could be caused by Minoxidil, especially for people who are male, 30-39 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Accutane, and have Acne.

We study 2,800 people who have side effects while taking Minoxidil from FDA and social media. Among them, 154 have Headache. Find out below who they are, when they have Headache and more.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 2,800 people reported to have side effects when taking Minoxidil. Among them, 209 people (7.46%) have Headache. They amount to 0.02% of all the 1,198,009 people who have Headache on eHealthMe.

Trend of Headache in Minoxidil reports

Time on Minoxidil when people have Headache * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Headache53.12%40.62%0.00%0.00%3.12%3.12%0.00%

Age of people who have Headache when taking Minoxidil * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Headache0.00%0.00%0.00%15.92%27.36%24.38%14.93%17.41%

Severity of Headache when taking Minoxidil ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Headache ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Acne (21 people, 10.05%)
  2. Hypertension (19 people, 9.09%)
  3. Alopecia (16 people, 7.66%)
  4. Hypothyroidism (9 people, 4.31%)
  5. Acne cystic (7 people, 3.35%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Accutane (43 people, 20.57%)
  2. Heparin sodium injection (33 people, 15.79%)
  3. Clonidine (32 people, 15.31%)
  4. Renagel (28 people, 13.40%)
  5. Diovan (27 people, 12.92%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • gegemon on May, 19, 2011:

    I did have severe neck pain in using minoxidil. At first i thought it was over fatigue. After a month, I was not stressed with anything, im fully relaxed, and not lifting too much heavy weights on the gym. During this time I started using minoxidil again. My sever neck pain came back after 3 days of using it.

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    Dace C. on Nov, 29, 2011:

    I started to experience neck, upper back, and shoulder/upper arm ache, particularly at night, shortly after beginning Rogaine. For months I couldn't figure out what was going on. I reduced my work-outs at the gym, and finally stopped. I thought it might be from too much computer use, but that doesn't seem to matter. Finally it occurred to me that the pain had begun about the same time I started on Rogaine. I have gone off it for a week and things seem to be getting better. It's a little early to draw conclusions, but thought this comment might be helpful.

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