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Methadone Hair Loss
36 yr old woman. On 70mgmethadone a day. Can methadone cause hair loss? If not what could be? No other meds taken.
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
EXTREME hair loss over past several months. Had baby 10mo ago. Also, on methadone for pain for past 6mo. Which is more likely to be causing hair loss?
Not the methadone: There are a number of drugs which can be associated with hair loss, but I have not seen, heard of or read about this occuring with methadone. Post-partum hair loss, however, is well described and is likely the cause. Talk to your PCP and see about getting a dermatology referral. ...Read more
Many causes: Men can have an inherited form of hair loss that is caused by male hormones. When older women stop having periods, they too can develop this male hormone type or hair loss. Both men and woman can have hair loss from thyroid disease, anemia, drugs like chemotherapy drugs, and stress and illness. There are treatments for many kinds of hair loss that a dermatologist can provide. ...Read more
Plenty of factors: There are several reasons for female hair loss = hormonal, genetic, medications, environmental. Some of these can be evaluated by blood tests or looking through the meds you are taking or checking your family's hair histoty. The one that you can do something about is the environmental = your stress level, amount of rest you're getting, your hair products. ...Read more
Different options: Hair loss that is caused by medicines, stress, lack of protein or iron, or hair care may be prevented. Avoiding certain medicines, reducing stress, getting adequate protein and iron in your diet, and using hairstyles that do not damage your hair may reduce or prevent hair loss. ...Read more
See a dermatologist: There are many reasons for hair loss. A thorough history, including family history and physical, list of medications, supplements, etc. Is needed. You may need some bloodwork. With any type of hair loss, the earlier it is treated, the better the results. It is possible for a 21-year-old male to lose hair in a male pattern distribution. All meds work better at keeping hair you have. ...Read more
Hair loss: In the past few years, medicine has made tremendous strides in the treatment of men's hair loss. With the advent of 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors such as Propecia (finasteride) and the evolution of surgical hair restoration, for many, living with noticeable hair loss is no longer inevitable. ...Read more
PREVENTING HAIR LOSS:
THAT WOULD BE A BILLION DOLLAR PRODUCT. . .
NO WAY TO PREVENT HAIR LOSS.
I REMEMBER A WAG* ONCE SAYING, "THE ONLY WAY TO PREVENT HAIR LOSS IS TO CASTRATE YOUR GRANDPARENTS."
KEEP YOU HAIR CLEAN; SHAMPOO OFTEN; EAT A HEALTHFUL DIET; AND STAY HAPPY. . .
*A WAG IS A WITTY AMUSING PERSON WHO MAKES JOKES. . . ...Read more
Male Hair Loss Tx's: Hereditary male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss in men. Hair follicles at the frontal and crown areas begin to miniaturize in a recognizable pattern eventually creating total baldness over the top of the scalp. Treatments include oral finasteride, topical minoxidil, laser therapy and PRP platelet rich plasma. However, once follicles are dead and gone, transplants are needed. ...Read more