Category Archives: Oral Minoxidil

Oral Minoxidil Shortages and Loniten Gone

October 30, 2023

Now confirmed in major media articles. Oral Minoxidil in short supply.

June 30, 2023

In the past few weeks, I have received a few emails from people reporting major shortages of generic oral Minoxidil (and brand name Loniten). This is not surprising, since low-dose oral Minoxidil (LDOM) has become all the rage in treating hair loss ever since the famous NY Times article was published in August 2022.

Quote from a May 2023 JAMA study:

“The weekly rate of first-time low-dose oral minoxidil prescriptions per 10,000 outpatients was “significantly higher 8 weeks after vs. 8 weeks before article publication,” at 0.9 prescriptions per 10,000, compared with 0.5 per 10,000.”

Moreover, a barrage of positive news stories in relation to LDOM and hair growth keep coming out regularly. You can check out all the latest updates in my main post on oral Minoxidil for hair loss.

Generic Oral Minoxidil Shortages

Well known hair loss and hair transplant advisor Spexhair first notified me about oral Minoxidil shortages in the UK around a month ago. Thereafter, a reader e-mailed me and said that his pharmacy in the US also ran out.

Lo and behold, when I went to get my third set of 90 oral Minoxidil pills a month ago, the pharmacist told me that they changed the generic supplier. From Sun Pharma (which worked great for me for 6 months) to Par Pharmaceutical. I seem to be shedding a bit more ever since I started with this new refill :-(

Readers who are taking oral Minoxidil, please post your manufacturer/brand name in the comments if possible. And your hair growth results and side effects too.

This whole scenario reminds of my travails with generic dutasteride brands that kept changing at my pharmacy. As a result, in 2019 I wrote a lengthy post about my thoughts on generic hair loss drugs.

Moreover, one of the manufacturers of a generic dutasteride I took even sent me an interesting and re-assuring reply. Apparently, that Indian company’s dutasteride was made in the US.

Loniten No Longer Being Produced?

A couple of weeks ago, someone from Australia e-mailed me that there was a shortage of oral Minoxidil in Australia. A bit surprising, since this is the country that is most responsible for the surge in the popularity of this drug. Courtesy of research at Dr. Rodney Sinclair’s clinic in Melbourne. I am assuming that there is no problem in the supply of their affiliated “The Hairy Pill“.

In any event, this person was more interested in Loniten, which is the brand name of the original oral Minoxidil. He used to take that brand and really wanted to avoid generics. Loniten tablets are made by Pfizer (US) and still listed on their website. Including in their patient information section.

However, when I went to GoodRx and did a search for brand name oral Minoxidil (aka Loniten), I  got the following warning:

Loniten Minoxidil
Loniten tablets (aka brand name oral Minoxidil) discontinued.

They also state the following “Loniten (brand no longer available)” on their main Minoxidil page.

I also remember someone else mentioning this months ago, either on a hair loss forum or on our hair loss chat. In any case, if you are someone who only trusts the original brand name, you are out of luck when it comes to oral Minoxidil.

Perhaps a Temporary Shortage

It is also possible that this cessation in supply is temporary. On Canada’s drug shortages website, it says that there is a disruption in the manufacture of Loniten as of the last update in November 2022. However, it also gives an “anticipated start date” of August 18, 2023. This perhaps indicates a potential resumption in production by Pfizer.

Reddit Oral Minoxidil Hair Growth Success Stories

I regularly update my old popular post on oral Minoxidil for hair loss. Almost every week there are interesting new stories and testimonials on low-dose oral Minoxidil (LDOM) growing hair in people. And the news media has become extremely interested in this subject.

However, in that post, I purposely neglected including links to Reddit before and after hair growth transformation stories. There are just too many to count. I have now made this post for that specific purpose.

The Most Efficacious Hair Loss Drugs Ranked

I feel like there are even more hair growth success stories in regards to oral Minoxidil than the gold standard oral Dutasteride (Avodart). Make sure to go through the numerous comments in my post on oral Dutasteride for hair loss reviews.

Note that Dutasteride is only officially approved to treat hair loss in Japan and South Korea. In the rest of the world, this enlarged prostate medication is used off-label to treat androgenic alopecia (male pattern hair loss).

Countering my increasingly pro oral Minoxidil bias, a widely cited 2021 systemic review of 23 studies via meta-analysis found the following efficacy ranking for the main hair loss medications:

  1. 0.5 mg/d of oral dutasteride.
  2. 5 mg/d of oral finasteride.
  3. 5 mg/d of oral minoxidil.
  4. 1 mg/d of oral finasteride.
  5. 5% topical minoxidil.’
  6. 2% topical minoxidil.
  7. 0.25 mg/d of oral minoxidil.

I wish this analysis had also tried to include extra strength Minoxidil 10% or 15%. In any case, I would be curious to see a similar study that covers the years 2022 and 2023. Oral Minoxidil for hair loss only became popular in the US and Europe over the past two years. In Thailand (and, to a lesser extent, Australia), this popularity came much earlier.

Reddit Oral Minoxidil Hair Growth Stories

On Reddit Tressless, there are daily success stories of people regrowing hair while on oral Minoxidil. In most cases, people are taking 2.5 mg per day (like myself), though many take 5 mg per day or even more. Please talk to your doctor if you ever take this drug, especially if you have any pre-existing heart conditions.

Over the past year, I collected many of these success story links. Below is a list of some of the most inspiring transformations that oftentimes include extraordinary before and after photos. Make sure to swipe through all the images in each link, and not just see the first one.

In many cases, people were taking Finasteride or Dutasteride for a while too, but adding oral Minoxidil into the mix truly made the biggest difference. In some cases, a person got on two drugs around the same time, but I still counted the result as supportive of oral Minoxidil.

You can click on each of the images below and go through the original poster’s responses to comments and questions. This will give you a decent idea on what drug seemed to make the biggest impact on the hair regrowth.

Note that all of these people are likely legitimate. In many cases, I checked out their past posting history. Moreover, there is absolutely no financial benefit in someone promoting oral Minoxidil. If you use GoodRx in the US and select the generic option, low-dose oral Minoxidil will cost you less than $10 per month. Even cheaper than topical Minoxidil foam. I just do not see any financial incentive for people to push this medication over other alternatives.

If any of the below people post future updates, please feel free to add the relevant link in the comments to this post. Or, for that matter, if you see any new Reddit testimonial that blows your mind, feel free to share. Especially if the person is only taking low-dose oral Minoxidil and nothing else.

8 mos: oral (Du, Min), topical (Min, Ru, Ketoconazole), microneedling. NW7 for 7 years
byu/ClayPot357 intressless

3 Month Progress – Fin & Oral Min
byu/tresslessthr0waway intressless

Dut (2years) / RU58841 (5 months) / Oral Min (1 year)
byu/nuKaross intressless

Update on hair, will be posting monthly! Nov 8 – Jan 14
byu/Hairevrywherebuthead intressless

Progress Pics 25 y/o 2022-2023
by intressless

4 Months Progress (1mg Fin, 5mg Oral Min & Nizoral 2x/week)
byu/djbaroud intressless

2 Years On Oral Min and Oral Fin
byu/levinewill intressless

Oral Fin/Min 6 month before and after
byu/minicoopj intressless

(26 M) 9 months on oral minoxidil and oral finasteride
byu/Stock_Adeptness_9134 intressless

Oral min 2.5mg closing in on 3 months
byu/_the_orange_box_ intressless

It works. About a 1 year transformation.
byu/HarryBalsagna_ intressless

6 months update: Dut 3x/week / oral min / dut+prp mesotherapy
byu/salsasanluis intressless

[M30] 15 months progress on Oral Dutasteride and Sublingual Minoxidil
byu/Throwaway_no_hair intressless

[24M] – 70 days progress on > daily oral fin (1mg) + daily topical and oral min (1.5mg)
byu/No-Bodybuilder4389 intressless

My progress story for my hair loss treatment
byu/sohaibkkhan intressless

Oral minoxidil works wonders!!!
byu/Affectionate-Fill319 intressless

~6 months of chemicals and needles
byu/Competitive_Help_513 intressless