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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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Curatane 40mg,is it accutane? Is it better to use 40mg?How can i prevent hairloss while using it ? Does everybody suffer from hairloss while using it?

Curatane 40mg,is it accutane? Is it better to use 40mg?How can i prevent hairloss while using it ? Does everybody suffer from hairloss while using it?

Alopecia: Adverse reactions such as alopecia (hair loss) has been reported. Monitor for severe skin reactions; discontinue use if severe skin reaction occurs. Consult with your physician if the condition worsens. ...Read more

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Im on Accutane 20mg 2x daily. And I'm suffering from hairloss. I've been told it's a side effect. Is there any way to manage/prevent hairloss?

Im on Accutane 20mg 2x daily. And I'm suffering from hairloss. I've been told it's a side effect. Is there any way to manage/prevent hairloss?

If accutane is cause: of your hair loss then it should regrow when you stop the medicine. You can try going to lower dose, with advise of your dermatologist, and see if hair loss slows or stops. Make sure all other labs are fine. ...Read more

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What to do about permanent hair loss on accutane?

What to do about permanent hair loss on accutane?

Hair loss: Sorry to read about your permanent hair loss. You should see your hairstylist and look for wigs that would best suit you. ...Read more

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I'm off Accutane and still experiencing hair loss ?

I'm off Accutane and still experiencing hair loss ?

Chances good: The after-effects on hair loss from accutane can be prolonged....possibly more than 6 months.....it should slow and recover soon. Should discuss also with your provider, as a simple lab can rule out a thyroid hormone imbalance. Get well. ...Read more

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How common is hair loss/thinning on accutane? Can something as low as 10mg or 20mg cause a significant deal of hair loss?

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How common is hair loss/thinning on accutane? Can something as low as 10mg or 20mg cause a significant deal of hair loss?

Hair loss: Apparently hair loss is a known side effect of isotretinoin. See http://www.dermnetnz.org/treatments/isotretinoin.html for more details. Tell prescribing physician about side effects & concerns. You'll need to decide which is more problematic for you. In theory, hair loss should be temporary and resolve after finishing your isotretinoin regimen. Don't forget there're other causes of hair loss. ...Read more

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Any known remedy to reverse Accutane hair loss?

Any known remedy to reverse Accutane hair loss?

Time: Many post Accutane hair loss is telogen effluvien. This may reverse itself after Accutane has been stopped. It may take as long as a year to see your hair begin to normalize. In addition, Minoxidil may help. I like the foam formulation. This usually takes about 3 months to see changes. ...Read more

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Taking Accutane (Definition)

Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a powerful medicine that treats acne. It is known to cause severe birth defects if a woman becomes ...Read more