Loniten is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). It is a vasodilator. It decreases blood pressure by relaxing and dilating (widening) the vessels so that blood flows through them more easily.
Thus, it increases blood and oxygen supply to the heart. It is used in patients who do not respond to other therapy. It is also used by balding men on the scalp to stimulate hair growth.
It is available in the form of the tablet only with your doctor’s prescription.
To use Loniten properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor.
Minoxidil only helps in reducing blood pressure. It does not cure blood pressure related problems.
It is very important to continue to take medicine as directed in order to keep blood pressure within normal range. You may need to use it for the rest of your life.
With Minoxidil, you should also control your weight and diet. Avoid foods which are rich in sodium (salt).
Dosage: It varies among different patients. Dosage mentioned below is an average dose. You must follow your doctor’s command.
For oral dosage forms (tablets):
Children 12 years of age and below: 200 micrograms to 1 milligram per kilogram as a single dose or in divided dose.
Children above 12 year and adults: 5 to 40 milligram (mg) taken as a single dose or in divided doses.
Missed dose: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. If it almost a time for your next dose skips the missed dose and continue your daily schedule. Doubling the dose is harmful. Storage: Store it at room temperature. Keep it away from children.
4 Precautions to Take
Before using Loniten, there are some precautions you must take.
Your doctor should check your daily progress at regular visits. You should check your pulse rate before and after taking Minoxidil, also when you are resting.
Inform your doctor right away if your pulse rate increases by 20 beats or more than your regular pulse rate.
You should check your weight every day while using Minoxidil. An adult may gain 2 to 3 pounds (1 kg) of weight which will be lost with continued treatment.
However, if you suddenly gain 5 pounds (2 kg) or more (for a child, 2 pounds [1 kg] or more) or if you notice swelling of your feet or lower legs, check with your doctor right away.
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