Which Minoxidil Treatment is The Best for Male Pattern Baldness?


Understanding the Options for Hair Loss Treatment

If you’re dealing with male pattern baldness, you might have come across two common treatments: oral minoxidil and topical minoxidil. A recent study from a leading medical journal sheds light on how these two treatments compare. Let’s break down the findings to help you understand what might work best for you.

The Study: A Closer Look

In Brazil, researchers conducted a large, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of low-dose oral minoxidil (5 mg) compared to the standard topical minoxidil. This type of study is considered very reliable because neither the participants nor the researchers know who is receiving the actual treatment or a placebo, reducing bias and increasing the accuracy of the results.

Key Findings

  1. Effectiveness:
    • After 24 weeks, both oral and topical minoxidil showed similar improvements in hair density, especially at the hairline and vertex (the top of the head).
    • There was no significant difference in the overall effectiveness between the two forms of minoxidil.
  2. Side Effects:
    • Oral Minoxidil:
      • Higher rate of hypertrichosis (increased body hair), affecting 49% of users.
      • 14% of users reported experiencing headaches.

Convenience and Usage

Oral minoxidil is easier to use as it involves taking a pill, which some might find more convenient than applying a topical solution daily. However, it’s essential to consider the potential for more side effects with the oral form.

Minoxidil and Blood Pressure

It’s worth noting that minoxidil was initially used in higher doses (10mg-40mg) for controlling blood pressure. The doses used for treating hair loss are significantly lower, which helps minimize the risk of blood pressure-related side effects.


This study suggests that while oral minoxidil might be more convenient, it does not outperform topical minoxidil in treating male pattern baldness and may come with more side effects. It’s essential to weigh the convenience against the potential for increased side effects when deciding on the best treatment option for you.

Final Thoughts

Always consult with your healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate treatment for your specific condition and health profile. They can help you navigate the options and choose a treatment that balances effectiveness and side effects according to your needs.


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