Non-hormonal hair regrowth

Oral Minoxidil

Looking for no-fuss hair loss treatment? This once-a-day pill helps to kickstart hair regrowth by increasing blood flow to hair follicles without affecting your hormone balance. Simple.

Meet oral minoxidil

  • Simple, once-a-day treatment to help reactivate hair follicles and regrow hair
  • 100% online, and free shipping (if prescribed)

How it works

Minoxidil helps boost blood flow which extends the hair growth phase and shortens the resting phase where strands are no longer growing.

Side effects

  • Like any medication, there may be side effects. With unlimited access to licensed providers you can ask questions and adjust your treatment any time.
  • Because minoxidil is not an androgen (hormone) blocker, there is no requirement to be on a reliable form of birth control while taking it.

* Only available if prescribed after an online consultation with a healthcare provider.

* This page has been medically reviewed by Aimee Paik, MD (June 30, 2022).

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Oral Minoxidil

How to get oral minoxidil online through Hers

How to get oral minoxidil online through Hers

Start a free online visit

Answer a few questions about your symptoms and health history.

Connect with a provider

A licensed medical provider will determine if treatment is right for you.

Free delivery

Your hair loss treatment will ship discreetly to you for free, if prescribed.

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Simple, yet effective

Give hair a boost with oral minoxidil. This simple once-a-day treatment boosts blood flow to hair follicles to help stop hair loss and thinning and regrow hair.

Oral minoxidil at a glance

A once-a-day hair treatment that doesn’t affect hormones or require any changes to your current hair styling routine.

The science of oral minoxidil

  • Oral minoxidil is a non-hormonal treatment activated by sulfotransferase, an enzyme that helps boost blood flow which extends the hair growth phase and shortens the resting phase where strands are no longer growing.

  • Because oral minoxidil doesn’t affect hormones, there is no requirement to be on a reliable form of birth control to take it. However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should not take oral minoxidil.

The science of oral minoxidil

  • Oral minoxidil is a non-hormonal treatment activated by sulfotransferase, an enzyme that helps boost blood flow which extends the hair growth phase and shortens the resting phase where strands are no longer growing.
  • Because oral minoxidil doesn’t affect hormones, there is no requirement to be on a reliable form of birth control to take it. However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should not take oral minoxidil.

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What is oral minoxidil?

The active ingredient in oral minoxidil is identical to the one in topical minoxidil, which has been FDA approved and used to treat hair loss for years. Oral minoxidil is just the convenient once-a-day pill version for anyone looking to regrow their hair with a simple routine.

Who is oral minoxidil for?

It’s a great option for people wanting a simple way to regrow hair without affecting hormones or applying a product.

Topical or oral minoxidil?

In order to work, minoxidil requires the presence of an enzyme called follicular sulfotransferase. Not everyone has high enough levels of this enzyme in their hair follicles, so a topical treatment will not work for those users. That’s where oral minoxidil comes in. Topical minoxidil has been FDA approved and used to treat hair loss for years, but not everyone wants a daily topical treatment. Enter, this new pill form.

Does minoxidil affect hormones?

Minoxidil works by increasing blood flow to hair follicles to kickstart hair regrowth, no hormones involved.

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Hers connects you with a dream team of licensed medical providers who are experts in female hair loss. They understand which treatments work best depending on your needs. Just answer some questions and a provider will create a personalized treatment plan for you.

How oral minoxidil works

Follicle activation

Minoxidil gives hair follicles a boost by increasing blood flow to each strand.

Longer growth phase

This helps to lengthen the growth phase, and shorten the resting phase when hairs aren’t growing.

Simple routine

One pill, once a day. A simple way to get better hair days.

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Frequently asked questions about oral minoxidil

What oral minoxidil dosage is common for female hair loss?

Oral minoxidil is usually prescribed in lower doses when treating hair loss. Through Hers, the starting dose is 1.25mg with an option to increase to 2.5mg, but your provider will determine what is right for you.

How long does oral minoxidil take to work?

Similar to topical minoxidil, the oral minoxidil formulation takes a few months to produce noticeable results to your crown and hairline. Results are usually seen within 6 months but can be seen as early as 3 months.

Can I use both topical minoxidil and oral minoxidil?

It’s not recommended to use both topical and oral minoxidil at the same time. Using both will not improve results, but could increase the risk of side effects.

Is oral minoxidil better than topical minoxidil drops or foam?

There have not been clinical trials comparing the two, but there appear to be benefits to using oral in some situations. For example, unlike topical minoxidil, it’s possible to adjust the dosage of oral minoxidil in order to get an effective dose.
In addition, some people are treatment resistant to topical minoxidil because of low levels of a specific enzyme in their hair follicles. Low-dose oral minoxidil may be more effective in this case, as the medication is absorbed systemically and activated by the liver.

Where can I buy oral minoxidil?

Minoxidil is a prescription medication, so visiting in-person dermatology specialists was the most common way to get it. With Hers, women can receive a clinical evaluation online in all 50 states, and can get minoxidil pills for hair loss from the comfort of home when deemed medically appropriate.

Can I expect oral minoxidil shedding?

Yes. Oral minoxidil can cause early hair shedding as beneficial hair cycling is triggered. This is an expected side effect that will improve with continued minoxidil use.

What are the common side effects of oral minoxidil?

A common side effect of low-dose oral minoxidil treatment is increased hair growth on the face or body (hypertrichosis). Other potential side effects include lightheadedness, palpitations, leg swelling, headaches, swelling around the eyes, and insomnia. Oral minoxidil can cause early shedding as beneficial hair cycling is triggered. This is an expected side effect that will improve with continued minoxidil use. When used at higher doses to treat hypertension, there is a risk of severe heart-related side effects. This was largely unseen in clinical studies using low doses to treat hair loss.

How is oral minoxidil different than spironolactone for hair?

Spironolactone works by blocking androgen hormones which can lead to hair loss in women. Oral minoxidil is a non-hormonal option that increases blood flow to hair follicles allowing them to stay in the growth phase longer.

Do you have to be on birth control to use oral minoxidil?

No, but you should stop taking it if you become pregnant.

Can you use oral minoxidil while pregnant or breastfeeding?

No, you should also not use oral minoxidil when pregnant or breastfeeding or while planning to become pregnant.

Can oral minoxidil tablets treat other hair disorders?

While some evidence suggests it is possible, other applications are not well studied or widely accepted yet. We do not offer oral minoxidil treatment for other hair disorders (eg, telogen effluvium or alopecia areata).

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