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Doctor insights on: Anti Inflammatory Drug Prednisone Hair Loss

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Dr. Foster Carr
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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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Does prednisone or plaquinal (sp) cause hair loss?

Does prednisone or plaquinal (sp) cause hair loss?

Prednisone - yes: Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) - not commonly. I would worry more about your underlying condition causing the hair loss. ...Read more

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What is the recommended dose of prednisone when using for anti inflammatory?

What is the recommended dose of prednisone when using for anti inflammatory?

Varies: The dose of Prednisone varies with the severity of the inflammatory p roblem. Many conditions can be successfully treated with small doses but life-threatening problems may require very large amounts of steroids. The goal is always to use the least amount of Prednisone for the shortest possible time. ...Read more

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I need the prescription for the best and cheapest Chemical Castration drug for lowering testosterone and lowering hair loss.

I need the prescription for the best and cheapest Chemical Castration drug for lowering testosterone and lowering hair loss.

See my remark: What is your purpose of lowering testosterone? specially at your age,never try anything like that.The hormone is important and critical in your normal physiologic functions. If you are having thining of your hair,that is a poor indication to be castrated.Additionally a prescription can only be written by a doctor after face to face encounter.Let me hear your response...... ...Read more

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How common is hair loss side effect in women taking elmiron, (pentosan) and will hair loss stop if drug is discontinued?

How common is hair loss side effect in women taking elmiron, (pentosan) and will hair loss stop if drug is discontinued?

See answer: In the clinical trials leading to FDA approval of Elmiron (pentosan) for the treatment of Interstitial Cystitis, hair loss (alopecia) was self/reported by 4% of the ~2500 patients who took Elmiron (pentosan) for between 3 and 12 months. In my experience, I would estimate noticeable hair loss by the patient to be slightly higher and nearly always reversible upon stopping the medication. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more


Antiinflammatory (Definition)

Inflammation is a condition of swelling that may or may not be associated with pain. Anti-inflammatory are medications that block the cause of this condition. Medications include ibuprofen, naproxen, and celecoxib. Steroids (cortisone) are ...Read more