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Dr. Alan Bauman
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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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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

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Taking neurontin (gabapentin) for anxiety and seems to be working well but concerned with possible hair loss side effect. Is this something to worry about?

Taking neurontin (gabapentin) for anxiety and seems to be working well but concerned with possible hair loss side effect. Is this something to worry about?

How well?: I don't see that hair loss is a major side effect of Neurontin, (gabapentin) but to be technical the best way to know for sure is to stop it and see if the hair loss stops. BUT, I wouldn't do this without consulting with the prescribing doctor, and hair regrowth could take many months so may be hard to tell anyway. ...Read more

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Will taking pumpkin seed oil supplements 1000mg for hair loss, negatively effect my thyroid functioning? I have hypothyroidism taking 75mcg synthyroid

Will taking pumpkin seed oil supplements 1000mg for hair loss, negatively effect my thyroid functioning? I have hypothyroidism taking 75mcg synthyroid

Not studied: Hi. No one has studied the effect of pumpkin seed oil (PSO) on thyroid function; just like no one has studied its effect on hair loss! So take PSO to your heart's content; you're enriching some snake oil salesperson, but I seriously doubt it will have any effect on your thyroid function tests or l-thyroxine dose. Good luck! ...Read more

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Help docs, is hair loss a side effect of menopause?

Help docs, is hair loss a side effect of menopause?

It can be: Up to 40% of women may experience hair loss after menopause. This is thought to be attributed to the natural decline in hormones. Other conditions such as a thyroid disorder, genetic predisposition, and nutritional status, may also contribute. You should follow up with your physician for a consultation. ...Read more

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What is the best shampoo for hair loss? Without side effect

What is the best shampoo for hair loss? Without side effect

No such thing: If you are a young male with family history, think of Finasteride or dutasteride, both quite effective in humans, I domt know about leopards. ...Read more

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How to cope with sever hair loss as side effect of Imuran (azathioprine)? Have already thin hair and it was tired already. It is serious, thinking about stopping it.

How to cope with sever hair loss as side effect of Imuran (azathioprine)? Have already thin hair and it was tired already. It is serious, thinking about stopping it.

Discuss with your MD: Imuran (azathioprine) is a potent drug that is not used to treat casual medical problems. In other words, you are receiving it to treat an important medical issue which may well return if you stop the drug. If you have a transplant, you would risk having rejection and losing the organ by stopping the Imuran (azathioprine). The good news is that multiple alternate drugs are available - definitely worth discussing with your MD. ...Read more

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If I get hair loss as a side effect of taking Lithium, will my hair grow back if I stop taking it? I won't stop it without pdoc's permission of course

If I get hair loss as a side effect of taking Lithium, will my hair grow back if I stop taking it? I won't stop it without pdoc's permission of course

See a dermatologist: First you need to make an attempt to define the condition. Hair loss is not likely because of Lithium. There is probably another cause. How much hair loss? Where? How long? The longer you take Lithium the more likely you will have low thyroid which may result in hair loss but is easy to treat. You can begin to understand the condition only after you see an expert. ...Read more

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Is hair loss a common side effect to fluconazole?

Is hair loss a common side effect to fluconazole?

Fluconazole: Hair loss is common to the infection that Fluconazole is designed to treat. Fluconazole most likely is not causing hair loss. ...Read more

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Can nsaids cause temporary hair loss as a side effect for certain people?

Can nsaids cause temporary hair loss as a side effect for certain people?

NSAIDs: Nsaid's have be shown to cause alopecia or hair loss in less than 1% of the patients thanking these medications. ...Read more

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Is there is a medication for hyperthyroid that doesn't have hair loss as a side effect?

Is there is a medication for hyperthyroid that doesn't have hair loss as a side effect?

Find the root cause: I get this question a lot and unfortunately I have to say no about the medications. But i'd like to offer another solution. The goal of hyperthyroid meds is to. ...Read more

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Hair loss is a side effect of Topiramtate prescribed for my IIH and migraine. I'm worried about this side effect. Is it reversible?

Hair loss is a side effect of Topiramtate prescribed for my IIH and migraine. I'm worried about this side effect. Is it reversible?

Typically it is: Typically, hair loss using Topiramate stops and reverses when the medication is stopped. There are isolated cases and reports where that does not happen and the hair loss does not reverse though in such cases hair loss doesn't continue so long as one stops the medicine as well. But lost hair doesn't grow back. ...Read more

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Can the synthroid levothryoxine cause hair loss as a side effect? I have Hashimoto's and I'm afraid to take the medication for fear of losing my hair

Can the synthroid levothryoxine cause hair loss as a side effect? I have Hashimoto's and I'm afraid to take the medication for fear of losing my hair

Take medication: You are more likely to lose hair from hypothyroidism than from taking thyroxine.
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Had a breast lift with general anesthesia, is the hair loss a common side effect?

Had a breast lift with general anesthesia, is the hair loss a common side effect?

It can be: Hair loss can occur as a result of general anesthesia. And while the actual mechanism for the hair loss is not well understood, it is thought to be a reaction to the stress of the anesthesia itself. Most cases are short lived and the hair grows back but this is not always the case. Best to consult with a dermatologist to learn more about your options. ...Read more

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What causes hair loss?

Too many reasons: Stress, hormonal disturbance, infection (of hair follicles), chemotherapy/use of immunosuppressant, autoimmune disorders, thyroid disease, just name a few. ...Read more

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What causes Hair loss?

Many Reasons: Number one reason in males is Heredity. There are other reasons like Anemia, Mental stress, Severe illnesses, Hormone problems etc ...Read more

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What causes hair loss?

What causes hair loss?

Possible causes...: One's primary care doctor can check for medical causes. If none are found, then one can see a dermatologist, especially one specializing in hair restoration (some treatments: minoxidil, etc, . ..). Medical causes may include: hormonal problems (low thyroid), seborrhea, alopecia areata, stressful illness. Other causes: genetic male/female pattern baldness, telogen effluvium. ...Read more

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Can I reverse hair loss?

Depends on the cause: Androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness) can be reversed with rogaine (minoxidil) or Propecia if it's started soon enough. To maintain the results they have to be used on an ongoing basis. Hair loss due to pregnancy, trauma or shock will grow back with time. Hair loss due to underlying medical problems (ie: anemia) can be reversed if the medical problem is treated. ...Read more

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What can cause hair loss?

What can cause hair loss?

Many...: There are many possible causes of hair loss. Hair loss can be caused by a medication, physical or emotional stress, anemia, thyroid disease, hormonal changes, autoimmune diseases or simply age/genetic. Your doctor will help you determine the reason for the loss. When it's due to aging, we can treat it with rogaine (minoxidil). ...Read more

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