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Doctor insights on: Fluorouracil And Minoxidil

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Should I keep using minoxidil forever?

Should I keep using minoxidil forever?

Yes: If you want to keep your hair (assuming that it does the work), you will need to use it continuously until something better comes along. ...Read more

Dr. Isaac Francis
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Fluorouracil (Definition)

Fluorouracil is a topical cancer agent which is a ...Read more


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Rogaine/minoxidil, how convenient is it actually?

Rogaine/minoxidil, how convenient is it actually?

Can Be Weak & Gr: Using OTC (over-the-counter) rogaine (minoxidil) can be effective, but many patients find it to be too weak, too messy and irritating to the scalp. For those patients, we often prescribe Compounded Minoxidil Formula 82M. It reduces the side effects of the off-the-shelf product (rogaine (minoxidil)) and therefore offers better ease of use and results. HairCheck hair bundle trichometry measurements prove the effectiveness! ...Read more

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Biotin or minoxidil, which is prefered?

Biotin or minoxidil, which is prefered?

Depends: Minoxdil(topical) has been proven by clinical trial. Biotin(oral, high dose) is based on some (dermatologists) personal experience. ...Read more

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What is Adrucil (fluorouracil) used for?

What is Adrucil (fluorouracil) used for?

Skin cancer: Adrucil (fluorouracil) is a cream containing chemotherapy drug called 5-FU. It is commonly used for the treatment of precancerous lesions of the sun exposed skin which has developed sun related skin lesions called actinic keratoses. ...Read more

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What is fluorouracil cream used for?

What is fluorouracil cream used for?

EFUDEX (fluorouracil): Fluorouracil cream is an anti-cancer medication that is applied to skin to prevent growth /development of tumors. It is used to treat pre-cancerous lesions like actinic keratosis as well as basal cell carcinomas & solar keratosis. ...Read more

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Does efudex (fluorouracil) cause cancer?

Does efudex (fluorouracil) cause cancer?

Not likely: Efudex (fluorouracil) is the brand name for topical (cream) 5-fu chemo. It is used to treat certain types of skin cancer. There is no evidence that topical 5-fu such as Efudex (fluorouracil) causes cancer. ...Read more

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Can efudex (fluorouracil) cause more cancer?

Can efudex (fluorouracil) cause more cancer?

Unlikely: It is a topical agent used to treat pre cancer and superficial cancers that are not melanoma. Risk of any other type of cancer is next to none. ...Read more

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What pre cancers does efudex (fluorouracil) target?

What pre cancers does efudex (fluorouracil) target?

Skin cancer: Efudex (fluorouracil) is used in treatment of actinic keratosis, a precurser of squamous cell skin cancer. It is also used in treatment of superficial basal cell skin cancers. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use rogaine (minoxidil) hair treatment?

For women your age: Only the female strength rogaine (minoxidil) is safe. But I would see dermatologist first to see why you are losing your hair at your young age ...Read more

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What is fluorouracil topical cream typically used for?

What is fluorouracil topical cream typically used for?

Efudex (fluorouracil): Fluorouracil topical cream / Efudex is a topical used to treat pre-cancerous & cancerous skin growths. ...Read more

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Anyone here been given 5-fluorouracil (5-fu) for cancer?

Anyone here been given 5-fluorouracil (5-fu) for cancer?

5 fluorouracil: 5fu (fluorouracil) is part of many regimens for many type of cancers- like- GI cancer (esophagus, stomach, colon, rectal, anal etc), head and neck, breast, etc. 5-FU is one of the oldest chemotherapy- has been used for more than 50 years to treat cancer. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get cancer from using fluorouracil cream?

Is it possible to get cancer from using fluorouracil cream?

Very very unlikely: Fluorouracil is a type of chemotherapy, and it works by interfering with dna reproduction. So yes, there is a very tiny chance that it could cause a mutation that would lead to cancer. However, the cream is used on the skin, and very little should be absorbed. The chance that you would get a cancer from it is miniscule. We give the same drug intravenously and by mouth at much higher doses! ...Read more

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Does applying rogaine or minoxidil on the beard causes acne?

Does applying rogaine or minoxidil on the beard causes acne?

Maybe: It won't help you grow a thicker beard. About 5% of guys in the US can't grow much of a beard, and at age 25 it's time for you to accept what Mother Nature gave you. If somebody is giving you a hard time over your sparse growth, simply recognize mean-minded man-made superstition and be done with all that nonsense. Manage your acne with topical benzoyl peroxide & maybe your doctor's Rx. ...Read more

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Can person with cirrhosis use rogaine (minoxidil) ot propecia!

Can person with cirrhosis use rogaine (minoxidil) ot propecia!

Is it for yourself?: Minoxidil is absorbed in such small amounts it is not a risk to liver. Oral Finasteride is not usually used in women because of little or no benefit. Although it is metabolized in liver there are no cases of severe liver injury. Propecia is only 1mg of finasteride, a med used as 5mg for prostate effect, so it is not a great danger. Think of the small benefits before you take any risks. These are n. ...Read more

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Anyone here been given 5-fluorouracil (5-fu) for abnormal pap?

Anyone here been given 5-fluorouracil (5-fu) for abnormal pap?

Vaginal dysplasia: 5-fu is usually reserved for severe vaginal dysplasia & is a treatment option. It's not usually used on the cervix & rarely used anymore for mild disease. Make sure you ask your doc why it's recommended for you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Will rogaine (minoxidil) work if loss of hair is due to stress?

Will rogaine (minoxidil) work if loss of hair is due to stress?

To some extent.: Rogaine (minoxidil) is intended for hereditary baldness, but it can be helpful in cases of temporary hair loss, by "jump-starting" the regrowth. Just ignore the paragraph in the package insert that says your hair will fall out again if you stop using it; that's only true for hereditary baldness. ...Read more

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Can rogaine (minoxidil) for hair regrowth be harmful when pregnant?

YES!: Rogaine (minoxidil) is category c in pregnancy and may be safe while breastfeeding but recommend advice from OB because logistically, it can cause masculinization in female fetuses if systemically absorbed. ...Read more

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What's the difference between efudex (fluorouracil) and carac creams?

What's the difference between efudex (fluorouracil) and carac creams?

Same: Both are commercial or trade names for the medication Fluorouracil it is also called adrucil, (fluorouracil) fluorplex. All are the same fomulation. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of facial hair naturaly without stopping minoxidil?

How can I get rid of facial hair naturaly without stopping minoxidil?

RID OF FACIAL HAIR: NO WAY TO GET RID OF FACIAL HAIRS EXCEPT BY SHAVING. ...Read more

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How do i permanently get rid of facial hair caused by minoxidil in women.

How do i permanently get rid of facial hair caused by minoxidil in women.

First it is impor-: Tant to make sure topical minoxidil is only applied to scalp. Laser permanently gets rid of hair growth, but continued use of minoxidil may lead to more facial hair. I would see dermatologist for other possible treatments for hair growth. Electrolysis typically leads to some element of scarring while laser done in doctor office (where doc is fellow of american society of laser medicine and surger ...Read more

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What are the side effects of the blood pressure medicine loniten (minoxidil)?

What are the side effects of the blood pressure medicine loniten (minoxidil)?

Also called minoxil: Loniten (minoxidil) also known as Minoxidil has multiple side effects. Usually its used for pts failing max therapy with other meds. Swelling of legs, feeeling dizzy, reflexive fast heart rates, hairgrowth, pericardial effusion, just to name a few. Pts shoul be on a water pill and a beta blocker to avoid some of these effects. ...Read more

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Will rogaine (minoxidil) for men cause excessive facial hair growth on women?

Will rogaine (minoxidil) for men cause excessive facial hair growth on women?

No: Rogaine (minoxidil) only acts directly where it is applied. Men put it on their scalp in the front receding hairline area of in the back circle of hair loss. Women get more of a female pattern baldness when is overall equal hair loss from the entire scalp. You may use rogaine (minoxidil) for this, but be sure to wash your hands so you don't transfer it to areas where you don't want hair growth to be encouraged! ...Read more

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Can regaine(minoxidil 2%) use affect fertility or interfere with IVF treatment?

Can regaine(minoxidil 2%) use affect fertility or interfere with IVF treatment?

Rogaine (minoxidil): In men, it may cause a lower sperm count and function. In women, it may have an effect on egg development and can't be used when pregnant. ...Read more

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Should I take head bath daily if using minoxidil. If so, which shampoo is good?

Should I take head bath daily if using minoxidil. If so, which shampoo is good?

Probably not: Unless your hair becomes dirty or you've been perspiring a lot. Most specialists recommend shampooing hair 2-3 times per week instead of daily if possible is you are losing hair excessively. Over shampooing can dry the scalp. Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo has helped some with hair loss as well. Biotin supplements too. If your hair loss is patchy, you should see your Dr to rule out other causes. ...Read more

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Is it true rogaine (minoxidil) can hurt your sex drive and give you a weak erection?

Is it true rogaine (minoxidil) can hurt your sex drive and give you a weak erection?

Anecdotal Reports: The manufacture of rogaine (generic minoxidil) does not report any sexual side effects. A search of the internet reveals many anecdotal reports of sexual side effects from rogaine but no supportive scientific data. Another popular medication used to treat hair loss, Propecia (generic finasteride), is well-known to cause erectile dysfunction and loss of libido in a small percentage of patients. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Adrucil (Definition)

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Efudex (Definition)

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