Minoxidil is definitely a very helpful medical product but Minoxidil is not for everyone. It is approved for men and women for age group 18-65 suffering from a type of hair loss called androgenic alopecia, where the crown gets affected leaving the back and sides of the scalp as it is. If an individual is suffering from androgenic alopecia or any other type of hair loss and he is over 60 then he should check up with his physician once before using Minoxidil.
Minoxidil is not for everyone hence not prescribed if:
· the patient has heart problems, especially ischemic type heart disease or certain types of heart failure
· the patient has heart rhythm issues (like atrial fibrillation)
· the patient has certain internal conditions (like pheochromocytoma)
· the individual has allergies to any of the components of Minoxidil, such as propylene glycol in Minoxidil solution or allergy to the Minoxidil itself
To sum up
Minoxidil is undoubtedly a very good medicine to treat hair loss but there certain limitations for some people who want opt for minoxidil treatment. An 82 year old patient with heart failure and two previous heart attacks is not a candidate for minoxidil.
A patient with hair loss due to dissecting cellulitis of the scalp (a different condition than genetic hair loss), will likely find little to no use from minoxidil application. Minoxidil is not for everyone. Whenever a doctor recommends this medicine, he does it after considering the very possible risk that the person can have and knowing his medical history.