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January 1987

Topical Minoxidil: A Survey of Use and Complications

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Hospital, the Charles A. Dana Research Institute, Beth Israel Hospital, and the Institute of Health Research, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, and the Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting System of the American Academy of Dermatology, Evanston, Ill.

Arch Dermatol. 1987;123(1):62-65. doi:10.1001/archderm.1987.01660250068020

• To obtain data on clinicians' experiences with topical minoxidil, we performed a mail survey of one in six members of the American Academy of Dermatology. Sixty-one percent of this random sample of dermatologists responded. More than 70% of these reported they had prescribed topical minoxidil for hair loss. The frequency of prescribing varied substantially among dermatologists, with less than 10% of respondents being responsible for over half the reported prescriptions. Only 2% of prescribers reported complications other than local irritation that they associated with topical minoxidil therapy, but underreporting of noncutaneous side effects in this survey of dermatologists cannot be excluded.

(Arch Dermatol 1987;123:62-65)

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