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I am a female using topical minoxidil (Rogaine) daily for hair

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I am a female using topical minoxidil (Rogaine) daily for hair thinning caused by an aromatase inhibitor I am taking for breast cancer post mastectomy. I have visual changes for several hours after using the rogaine each time. Can you tell me what causes the changes (blurred vision, difficulty with focus) and most importantly, can I cause permanent eye damage from using minoxidil?

Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Customer:

Aloha, I'm ready

Dr. Rick :

Greetings from Wisconsin....I guess you in Hawaii...

Customer:

Ae, I am.

Dr. Rick :

Minoxidil can cause dryness of the eyes that can cause blurry vision.

Customer:

No dry eye problem

Customer:

the problem only last one to two hours after using the product

Dr. Rick :

You may not have a dry eye issue but the minoxidil can interfere with tear production. The good news? There have been no reports, as far as I am aware, of serious or permanent eye damage from the use to this medicine topically for hair growth.

Customer:

that's great news as I don't want to lose my hair and it

Dr. Rick :

Very little of the drug is absorbed systemically when applied to the scalp. So, in your case, I would use some artificial tears to lubricate your eyes and not worry about it. I do not think your eye issues require you to stop using the medicine

Customer:

was going fast with on the aromatase inhibitors with male pattern baldness.

Customer:

ok. sorry I split my sentence.

Dr. Rick :

That's OK....I figured it out :)

Dr. Rick :

sometimes my little finger just reaches out and hits the return key too....

Dr. Rick :

We have 2.5 feet of snow on the ground. Wanna swap houses for a month or so?

Dr. Rick :

lol!

Customer:

I think I'll stay in Hawai`i Nei for now although we are having floods today

Dr. Rick :

It was worth asking ;)

Customer:

Robaine is toxic to cats due to the blood pressure drop issue even

Customer:

when used topically

Dr. Rick :

Let's hope your cat doesn't start going bald the... ;)

Customer:

amen. Mahalo XXXXX XXXXX help. I think that's all for now.

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