What is the active ingredient in this?
What is miconazole nitrate designed for?
It has anti-fungal properties and is used to treat a variety of yeast infections including:
- Athlete's foot
- Jock itch
- Oral thrush (only certain products)
- Ring worms
How does monistat help with hair growth?
The hypothesis of Dr. Mohsin Mir, a medical dermatologist at Baylor College of Medicine is that miconazole nitrate might reduce the number of “hair loss” receptors, and this in turn reduces hair breakage leading to faster hair growth and better length retention.
According to WiseGeek.com, it might work by dilating the blood vessels and increasing the supply of oxygen to the scalp.
Yes! Reported side effects include:
- Burning, stinging, swelling, irritation, itching, redness, pimple-like bumps, tenderness in the area where the miconazole nitrate has been applied
- Ringing in the ears
- Extreme hair shedding once you stop using the treatment, and
- A general feeling of discomfort
Should you try it?
I can see how it might be tempting but I would say, NO! It's a chemical that hasn't been approved for scalp use so why would you want to go there? If you want to grow your hair go for more natural methods like those discussed in What Type of Scalps Grow Long Hair?!
If you do use it read the usage and dosage instructions carefully. Importantly, note that it doesn't actually work on everyone!
WebMD. Drugs & Medications - miconazole nitrate
WiseGeek. How Effective Is Miconazole for Hair Growth?
BaylorClinic. Moshin Mir, MD