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Which medications that I'm on could cause hair loss?

Which medications that I'm on could cause hair loss?

A variety of meds: There are a number of medications that can cause hair loss. In younger patients, the most common medications could include acne medications (isotretinoin), thyroid medications, and other hormones (including testosterone replacement). It would be most helpful to consult with a doc to see which one may be causing it. In most cases, drug-induced hair loss is reversible. ...Read more

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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Can any of the medications my aunt is on cause total hair loss (even eyebrows)? Please see attached medication list.

Can any of the medications my aunt is on cause total hair loss (even eyebrows)? Please see attached medication list.

No: I am not aware of these as side effects. She may have been exposed or taken something else to cause these problems. She also could have developed an undetected thyroid condition. This is easily tested for occurance. ...Read more

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Why cancer drugs cause hair loss ?

Why cancer drugs cause hair loss ?

Most: most cancer drugs cause hair loss due to the fact that cancer drugs targets rapidly growing cells so hair follicles, gastrointestinal lining ... which is why you lose weight with cancer drugs you can't absorb due to the lining of the gut being shed constantly. ...Read more

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I have excessive hair loss for 2 months twice a year. Could the drug lamictal cause this.

I have excessive hair loss for 2 months twice a year. Could the drug lamictal cause this.

Unlikely: Hair loss is not a common side effect of lamotrigine (lamictal). The periodic nature (two months, twice a year) would be unusual for a drug-related side effect as well (assuming you have been taking it for a while). The hair loss is probably something else. ...Read more

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Do prescription drugs for hair loss cause long term effects?

Do prescription drugs for hair loss cause long term effects?

Possibly: I assume you are referring to propecia (finasteride). It is relatively safe and free of severe side effects, but any drug can cause problems. Suggest you go on line or ask your pharmacist for a list of specific possible side effects. You also should realize any benefit will be lost if you stop the medication. ...Read more

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Is there some cancer chemotherapy medication that does not cause hair loss?

Is there some cancer chemotherapy medication that does not cause hair loss?

Yes.: However, hair grows back and the most important thing is that you get what your oncologist believes is the best chemotherapy for you to fight your disease. ...Read more

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What causes hair loss and how can I fix it to grow an get thicker, besides dose increase of thyroid medication?

What causes hair loss and how can I fix it to grow an get thicker,  besides dose increase of thyroid medication?

Too much thyroid is-: Too much thyroid is more likely to causes fine hair with hair loss. Hypothyroidism is associated with thick course hair, and is not as likely to causes hair loss as too much thyroid! ...Read more

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Will all the medications from surgeries and the antibiotic (doxycycline hyciate) cause hair loss?

Will all the medications from surgeries and the antibiotic (doxycycline hyciate) cause hair loss?

Depends: Hair loss can be a side effect of some medications. Without knowing what your medications are, it is hard to answer your question. Doxycycline in general does not list hair loss as its common side effects. On the other hand, the stress of surgery itself can affect your hormone status such that your hair growth and hair loss suffer an imbalance with end result of hair loss. ...Read more

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What can I do for hair loss issue that i think is caused by medication i'm taking? I take .125 mcg synthroid, (thyroxine) sotto pellet HRT injection and accutane.

Hair loss from meds?: Both hypothyroidism as well as hyperthyroidism can cause hair loss. I would recommend seeing a dermatologist or someone expert in the hair loss treatment not due to genetic causes. ...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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Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Is hair loss caused by medication (such as Lithium or Valproic Acid) generally reversible?

Yes : Alopecia (loss of hair) due to medications will reverse with stopping the insulting agent (the medication which caused it) The question is what to do if you need those medications to balance your moods, and function more adequately. Please consult with your prescriber to switch those mood stabilizers to another type, and use hair products to stimulate the growth and health of your scalp. ...Read more

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Does murad acne medication cause hair loss and upset stomachs ?

Does murad acne medication cause hair loss and upset stomachs ?

Murad: Unfortunately, there have been numerous posts in murad forum with murad side effects. Murad may cause common unpleasant side effects of acne products:
dandruff,
rash,
dryness,
skin irritation and itching,
headaches,
increased sunburn susceptibility,
nail abnormalities,
nausea, diarrhea,
and others. ...Read more

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Are there any chemotherapeautic medications that will not cause hair loss for bone cancer?

Are there any chemotherapeautic medications that will not cause hair loss for bone cancer?

Chemo & hair loss: The nature of chemo for cancer is to stop division of highly proliferative cells like cancer; however, because the skin, GI tract and bone marrow are also highly proliferative, these areas, which includes hair follicles, also get targeted by chemo. So if a. ...Read more

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Is it possible for Sertraline to cause a receding hairline? If so, how can a medication that reduces stress levels cause more hair loss?

Baldness: baldness can cause stress and vice versa,typically stress induced hearing loss tends to be patchy. Any drug can theoretically promote hair loss. Talk to your prescribing physicians, possibly consult with a dermatologist for an inspection. Male pattern hair loss can be seen at your age ...Read more

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Are there any tremor medications that don't cause hair loss when mixed with trazadone , lyrica (pregabalin) and Lexapro?

Trazadone combo?: Severe hair Loss is a known side effect of Trazodone. Although some medications can cause hair loss, pregabalin (Lyrica) does not commonly cause hair loss. Unfortunately, antidepressants like SSRIs and SNRIs do cause hair loss. ...Read more

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About 15 yrs ago Prozac was my "miracle drug", and now it seems to have pooped out. I have tried viibryd and it just caused bloating and hair loss. Should i try something with the Prozac to get my happiness back? What about wellbutrin, can I take this wit

About 15 yrs ago Prozac was my "miracle drug", and now it seems to have pooped out. I have tried viibryd and it just caused bloating and hair loss. Should i try something with the Prozac to get my happiness back? What about wellbutrin, can I take this wit

Poop out: Unfortunately antidepressant poop-out isn't rare. This may happen with any antidepressant. Strategies to overcome this can include: a different antidepressant (especially combination ssri-snri), use of atypical antipsychotic (e.g. Abilify), or methyl donor such as same or folic acid. ...Read more

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I'm having hair loss....What's the cause of this and what can I do to stop it? Thank you.

I'm having hair loss....What's the cause of this and what can I do to stop it? Thank you.

Need more info: Hair loss may be due to many different causes and it is not feasible to provide an opinion without a detailed history and examination. See this site for information and consult your doctor.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hair-loss/ds00278. ...Read more

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Is 500 mg of panothenic acid a day too much ? I read that this can cause hair loss I've been taking one capsule a day for 2 weeks I'm scared

Is 500 mg of panothenic acid a day too much ? I read that this can cause hair loss I've been taking one capsule a day for 2 weeks I'm scared

No: It will not harm you. But it will not benefit you, either. It is in most foods. The harm is wasting your money . The harm is you thinking this is of value so you deprive yourself of something that really does improve your body. Try a dermatologist instead of a con artist. ...Read more

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For a few years I've been having problems with hair loss and thinning. I'm young and have no other health issues that cause it, what else can I try?

For a few years I've been having problems with hair loss and thinning. I'm young and have no other health issues that cause it, what else can I try?

Minoxidil: There are a number of possible treatments, like minoxidil which a topical preparation you can apply to the affected area to stimulate hair growth.
I agree with the the previous comment however, you should have some basic investigations to ensure there is not a treatable cause. ...Read more

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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes hair loss, and what can be done about it?

Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes hair loss, and what can be done about it?

There are many: Different causes for hair loss. Dermatological evaluation if recommended to determine reason for loss- so that an appropriate treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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What is the main cause of dandruff? I barely had any, but now the number of dandruff in my head is intolerable. I'm also suffering so much hair loss.

What is the main cause of dandruff? I barely had any, but now the number of dandruff in my head is intolerable. I'm also suffering so much hair loss.

Dry skin: Dandruff is flakes of skin, so dry skin on the scalp causes dandruff. Measures to keep your skin in good health, and conditioner on your hair can help. See a dermatologist for specific advice. ...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?

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

Dr. Emily Altman
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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a lack of hair on the scalp (it could ...Read more


Dr. Alan Bauman
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