Ive been using minoxidil for some months now then I started experiencing prolonged chest pains. Reading the other questions posted here I’m just wondering: Has anyone died from using minoxidil? Or at least are there cases when users developed drastic health problems from its use?
I’m not aware of any reported deaths from using minoxidil, but I did find that there was something published in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology over 20 years ago titled, “Deaths associated with topical minoxidil therapy“. The problem is, I can’t find any text from it, nor have I found anything referencing minoxidil related deaths since then… so the title could be misleading. It has been reported to kill cats though.
Minoxidil was originally an oral blood pressure lowering medication. When you put it on the scalp, it can be absorbed in to the blood stream and cause low blood pressure related symptoms which could restrict coronary and brain blood flow (in theory) causing a heart attack or stroke. If you are having chest pains, it may not be related to minoxidil and could just be coincidental… or you may be unmasking a serious heart related issue. I would urge you to go see your doctor and have your heart checked out.