What is Lonitab (Minoxidil) used for?
Lonitab (Minoxidil) is an oral vasodilator prescribed to treat patients suffering from hypertension and have shown no response to other treatments. It is normally used along with a diuretic and a beta-blocker to get the best results. The medication relaxes blood vessels throughout the body to allow easier circulation and reduce the amount of work required by the heart to pump the blood. Your doctor may also recommend its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Lonitab (Minoxidil)?
Lonitab (Minoxidil) is normally prescribed to be taken at a dosage of one tablet administered once daily, but your individual directions will be determined by your doctor based on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken with or without food, although a meal is recommended before use if you get an upset stomach. Never split, chew, or crush the tablets prior to use as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Lonitab (Minoxidil)?
Some patients using Lonitab (Minoxidil) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
Stop using the medication and contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any serious symptoms such as faintness, fever, flu symptoms, rapid weight gain, chest pain, trouble breathing, sensitive skin, easier bruising, unusual swelling in the extremities, or dry cough. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced application frequency, or emergency medical attention in serious cases to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Lonitab (Minoxidil) should not be used by patients who are lactose intolerant or who have an untreated tumour affecting the adrenal gland. Also inform your doctor if the patient is a child, over the age of sixty five, has heart failure, coronary heart disease, porphyrias, decreased kidney function, or who has recently had a heart attack. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring adjustments to your regimen to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Strictly use Lonitab (Minoxidil) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Lonitab (Minoxidil) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.