What is minoxidil?

Let me answer the question: “What is minoxidil?” as short and to the point as possible.

What is minoxidil exactly?

Minoxidil (2,4-diamino-6-piperidinopyrimidine 3-oxide) was originally used orally as blood pressure medication. Its primary use was thus for treatment of patients with high blood pressure when it was administered as oral medication.

This means that minoxidil is an antihypertensive vasodilator which is used to treat hypertension. Minoxidil works by increasing blood flow, allowing for more nutrients to be delivered to the hair follicles.

Over the years, it has been found that minoxidil is also effective for preventing hair loss, but more importantly, for growing back hair when minoxidil is administered topically in foam or liquid form. Minoxidil is sometimes even applied on the face for those who can’t grow a beard.


Minoxidil formula

Minoxidil molecular formula:


Minoxidil chemical structure:

Minoxidil chemical formula.