Using Minoxidil / Rogaine for Hair Loss — Impact on Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Hengist, Oct 11, 2015.

    1. Hengist
      Blah

      Hengist Member

      Location:
      Croatia
      Tinnitus Since:
      8/7/2014
      I have tried Minoxidil for hair growth and I noticed my tinnitus got quieter, after a while I researched about it and found it is a potassium channel modulator like other stuff that is tested for tinnitus treatment. I recommend people to try it out and use 1ml-2ml a day rubbing in their face, relatively close to their ears.

      I would say I noticed a 50% decrease. You can buy it from every pharmacy.
       
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    2. Lloyd Carter
      Wishful

      Lloyd Carter Member

      Location:
      United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced Trauma
      Have read this can cause tinnitus. Not relieve it. Interesting that you think it helped. Maybe a placebo?
       
    3. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      Hengist
      Blah

      Hengist Member

      Location:
      Croatia
      Tinnitus Since:
      8/7/2014
      I don't think so as I was not even focused on that it was just when I started noticing that my tinnitus is not so high as usual.

      This thread should not be in the alternative treatment as Minoxidil is a hard drug comparable to things in treatments thread and nowhere along the lines of massage, hypnotism, supplements and similiar things in alternative treatments.
       
    4. Bobby B
      Fine

      Bobby B Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      long term NIHL and recent acoustic trauma
      Nice find.
      The scalp is very vascular I would rub a good amount onto the scalp and it will penetrate the bloodstream.

      Also, oral minoxidil is called loniten and is sold on prescription and on the Internet.
      More serious side effects on heart and such but worth a try.
       
    5. GrosBalou
      Nerdy

      GrosBalou Member Benefactor

      Location:
      France
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Inner ear barotrauma (diving)
      What is the cause of your tinnitus Hengist?
       
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    6. Ecip

      Ecip Member

      Location:
      Edmonton, AB/Switzerland
      Tinnitus Since:
      4.11.2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Still unknown... possibly noise exposure?
      I'm wondering if anyone here uses a product that contains Minoxidil. It's most commonly used in hair regrowth products for baldness, such as Rogaine.
      The way the drug works isn't fully understood, however what is know is that it is a potassium channel opener.

      I wonder if there is a possibility it could be used to treat some certain forms of tinnitus.
       
    7. Markuss

      Markuss Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2002
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Injury from a firecracker that exploded next to my ear
      I started using 5% Minoxidil last summer. A few months later I noticed my tinnitus had gotten worse but I figured it might have been due to a few loud concerts and parties during the summer. I ran out of Minoxidil in December but ordered a new patch in February. No changes noticed at the time I was off of Minoxidil.

      Today I stumbled upon a thread where people using Minoxidil complain about developing Tinnitus. This got me seriously worried because I realised my Tinnitus had gotten worse shortly after I started applying Minoxidil. Still not sure whether Minoxidil has had a negative affect on my Tinnitus but according to the information found on web, many people using it have experienced developing Tinnitus.

      So based on what I have researched, I haven't discovered any topics where Minoxidil/Rogaine has had a positive affect on their Tinnitus.
       
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    8. Bobby B
      Fine

      Bobby B Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      long term NIHL and recent acoustic trauma
      Minoxidil is more potent in the oral form under the Loniten brand. It has been out since 1979... we don't have studies or scientific reports linking it to hearing loss or tinnitus.

      It does affect blood pressure and heart beat, that's a fact and those can have a temporary effect on tinnitus just like exercising will spike tinnitus, but I doubt it's having any permanent inner ear damage potential that has not been uncovered since 1979.
       
    9. Tigo

      Tigo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2 years
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      genetic hearing loss
      Browsing the internet I came across this...
      Can it be helpful for Tinnitus?

      Mechanism of action[edit]

      The mechanism by which minoxidil promotes hair growth is not fully understood. Minoxidil is a potassium channel opener, causing hyperpolarization of cell membranes. Hypothetically, by widening blood vessels and opening potassium channels, it allows more oxygen, blood, and nutrients to the follicles. This may cause follicles in the telogen phase to shed, which are then replaced by thicker hairs in a new anagen phase. Minoxidil is a prodrug that is converted by sulfation via the sulfotransferase enzyme SULT1A1 to its active form, minoxidil sulfate. Several studies demonstrated that the activity of sulfotransferase in hair follicles predict minoxidil response in the treatment of hair loss.[14][15][16]

      Minoxidil is less effective when the area of hair loss is large. In addition, its effectiveness has largely been demonstrated in younger men who have experienced hair loss for less than 5 years. Minoxidil use is indicated for central (vertex) hair loss only.[17] Minoxidil is also a vasodilator.[18] Two clinical studies are being conducted in the US for a medical device that may allow patients to determine if they are likely to benefit from minoxidil therapy.[19]
       
    10. greenpointer

      greenpointer Member

      Hey all,

      I'm about to start using Minoxidil, but I read a few mentions (across the internet) of it increasing or causing tinnitus. I'm a little suspect of random posts because their tinnitus could have started from something other than the Minoxidil, but have any of you experienced anything like this?

      Any info would be much appreciated, as I feel like the relationship between Minoxidil and tinnitus has not been studied much.
       
    11. Bobby B
      Fine

      Bobby B Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      long term NIHL and recent acoustic trauma
      There are no issues at all.

      The oral version of the same active molecule has been used for decades at a much higher dosage than your typical hair loss dosage and there are no reports of issues or ototoxicity.
       
    12. greenpointer

      greenpointer Member

      @Bobby B Thanks for the info! Giving it a go. I’m sure its totally fine, but if I do notice any effects i’ll be sure to report them here.
       
    13. DDS

      DDS Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Tinnitus After Using Minoxidil
      I’m almost age 60 and thought I was losing my mind with the onset of recent ear ringing. I started to use Minoxidil 4 weeks ago and after the second week I notice a slight ringing. Now a month later I have a full nest of bee’s constantly buzzing in my head and going crazy! Thinking the worst and desperate for answers, I search the web and found this balding site hosted by doctors, https://baldingblog.com/2008/10/03/tinnitus-after-using-minoxidil/#comment-2168879. There are dozens of stories just like mine and it makes a clear connection between Minoxidil and Tinnitus for people in my situation. It’s far from a medical study, but the many post describe my exact situation and the cause and effect. How many others are suffering not knowing that this is self-inflicted pain that is not disclosed by the manufacture?

      I just stopped using the Rogaine (Minoxidil) yesterday and will post with my optimistic recovery results. I hope this information can helps other.
       
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    14. Adam warwick

      Adam warwick Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      3 weeks
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Minoxidil
      I've been using minoxidil 5% on my scalp for 2-3 months. Two weeks ago I noticed ringing in one ear. It's constant but not too loud. I've stopped using minox. but am bummed out because now I can't thicken my hair
       
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    15. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Are you on Proscar/Finasteride? It will stop your hair loss. It shouldn't cause tinnitus, but if one stops it cold turkey, it can result in tinnitus.
       
    16. Smartone202

      Smartone202 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2004/Went haywire in 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise in 04/Wedding dance floor and flying? in 18
      This will probably be my last thread for a while. Because well, basically I've now scratched the bottom of the barrel as far as new topics IMO and I have nothing left to talk about at this point.

      Anyway, the question is simple. Is there anyone in here that knows of any weird/ototoxic side effects from Rogaine (Minoxidil)? Read very few reports online that there may be a connection. For what it's worth, I tend to be a pretty "side effect prone" person.

      But yeah, I've been on this drug since around April. Oh yeah, obviously I'm losing my hair pretty badly for years, too, in case you were all wondering. Finally decided to give it a try before I ever considered shelling out $10,000+ on a hair transplant one day.

      I just thought this may be one last ditch effort in thinking of a potential culprit in my "Brian/Head buzz" Tinnitus that began last month. Chances are the two aren't connected at all, but hey, I'm desperate. Getting off the Rogaine now for a week few weeks to see what happens. Oh, what a life...
       
    17. Red
      Crappy

      Red Member

      Location:
      Northeast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Exposure (Headphones)
      There is no mention of minoxidil being ototoxic on the rather extensive ototoxic medications list. Keep your hair and look elsewhere!
       
    18. Deamon22

      Deamon22 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Trauma/Cold?
      Any more experiences or advice? I am now 30 and noticing that my hair slowly starts getting thinner so I was thinking about doing something against it:D However I also do not want to make my tinnitus worse.
       
    19. Ruse
      No Mood

      Ruse Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      NIHL & TMJ
      It hasn’t made my tinnitus worse and can’t see it listed anywhere online as ototoxic.
       
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    20. Deamon22

      Deamon22 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Trauma/Cold?
      Thanks for your opinion. Will probably check with my GP in the future, seeing what is available in Europe and if they prescribe it here.
       
    21. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I've been on Proscar for about 10 years now. I am happy about my experience with it.
       
    22. Tom Soria

      Tom Soria Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Has anyone used Minoxodil for their facial hair i.e growingfor a bigger beard? I really want to use it has anyone else here done this? And did it make your to notice worse?

      I have T and also hypercusis so I really don't want to make things worse but I also would really like to get on this stuff for my facial hair.
       
    23. Deamon22

      Deamon22 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Trauma/Cold?
      Thanks Bill, will see what my doc has to say.
       

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