Yes, this is a vaginal cream for people with a fungal infection in that area but some people have been using it for their hair!!!
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:
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.
Are there any side effects?
Yes! Reported side effects include:
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!
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WebMD. Drugs & Medications - miconazole nitrate
WiseGeek. How Effective Is Miconazole for Hair Growth?
BaylorClinic. Moshin Mir, MD
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