A 43-year-old female asked:
please explain process of how some meds can cause hair loss? what exactly do the meds do to the body or hair follicles?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Mary Clifton answered
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Quick dividing cells: Rapidly dividing cells are sometimes impacted with medications that tried to stop cells that are replicating inappropriately, such as medicines used to treat cancer. That's why cancer patients suffer with hair loss and also with problems with their gastrointestinal tract, because those organs are turning over rapidly and are impacted with chemotherapy.
Answered on May 17, 2017
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