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A hairy fall: syncope resulting from topical application of minoxidil
  1. S W Dubrey1,
  2. J VanGriethuysen1,
  3. C M B Edwards2
  1. 1Department of Cardiology, Hillingdon Hospital, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK
  2. 2Department of Endocrinology, Hillingdon Hospital, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr S W Dubrey, simon.dubrey{at}


We describe the case of a young man who developed syncope after using a high strength formulation of topical minoxidil as a hair growth restorer. Other potential cardiovascular and endocrine causes were excluded, and his symptoms resolved on discontinuation of the product. While syncope is a recognised side effect of using this powerful systemic antihypertensive agent, few cases are documented in the literature, which we illustrate in our discussion.

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