Dear dr. Rassman,
I hope you answer my question.I am at a very desperate stage in my hairloss. The daily appplication of minoxidil is making me look horribly bald. Can I drink the minoxildil solution twice per day rather than put it in my scalp? will it give the same results? I do not care about the heart side effects as looking into the mirror is enough to give me chest pains and anxiety attacks. Please answer my desperate plea.
The stomach will probably destroy the minoxidil when taken orally unless it was put into some compounds for oral ingestion. Minoxidil was originally on the market for blood pressure control many years ago, sold as a pill called Loniten… but for the best results as a hair loss treatment, topical is the way to go.
I wouldn’t expect the topical form to be safe to ingest, considering it contains propylene glycol (which may cause gastrointestinal irritation with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea). Plus I doubt it would be effective. I think that you need to meet with a doctor and get your problem surrounded.
To sum it all up though, do not drink the minoxidil.