Can any one, irrespective of age, use minoxin for treatment of baldness? If so, for how long?

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No, this medication has severe potential side effects and should only be used under strict physician supervision. When a medication is applied to the skin (topical), it is absorbed from the skin into the cardiovascular system. Chief side effects of this medication are cardiovascular in nature and include: myocardial damage, left ventricular hypertrophy, and cardiac rhythm disturbances. Also, it has been shown to be teratogenic, meaning it can cause birth defects in the unborn child; therefore, it should not be used at all by women of child bearing age. Always consult your physician before taking any new medication.