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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.
Alopecia is the loss of hair. Hair loss can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles. Fungal infections can also cause hair loss. 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 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 thins and falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called female diffuse hair loss. About 60% of people with androgenetic alopecia are men. Hair loss caused by ...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
Determine the cause: You should visit your primary care physician or dermatologist to determine the cause of your hair loss. There are many medical conditions that can be associated with hair loss and therefore you should determine the cause so that the best treatment can be recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My wife is beginning to experience hair loss and is only 25, what can she do to reverse this process?
Hair loss: The most common type of hair loss is a condition called androgenetic alopecia . This type of hair loss can affect both men and women. Other terms for androgenetic alopecia include “male pattern balding” and “female pattern hair loss.” treatments to discuss with her doctor include estrogen containing birth control pills, minoxydil, propecia, spironolactone etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Go see your doctor: You need to go and see your doctor to diagnose why you are losing your hair. You need to figure that out first and then you may be able to formulate a strategy to address the hair loss. For example, if your thyroid is not working well or you are vitamin deficient, you would simply treat the thryoid disease or replace the deficient vitamin. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Inherited baldness: "pattern baldness" is the most common cause of hair loss, and is usually inherited (it's in the genes). In men, it is called male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia. Men get a receding hair line and hair loss on top of the head. In women, it is called female pattern baldness. Women get some hair loss from the whole scalp, so the hair looks thinner. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low iron,thyroid: Many things can lead to hair loss including heredity, iron deficiency, an under active thyroid or hormone abnormalities associated with polycywtic ovaries. Temporary cause of hair loss include high fever, anesthesia, medications, rapid weight loss, and hair loss after delivering a baby. A proper diagnosis needs an exam and blood tests. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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