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Medication-Induced Hair Loss


Medication-Induced Hair Loss: Understanding the Risks and Solutions

Hair loss can be a concern for many people, and some medications can contribute to this issue. This page will explore medication-induced hair loss, its causes, and what you can do about it.

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Is Medication a Common Cause of Hair Loss?

While hair loss is listed as a side effect for some medications, it’s not a very common cause overall. However, it’s important to be aware of medications that can potentially contribute to hair thinning or shedding.

Medications That May Cause Hair Loss:

    • Chemotherapy Medications: These medications target rapidly dividing cells, including hair follicles. Hair loss can be sudden, gradual, or vary in severity, affecting the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes.
    • Allopurinol: Used for gout and managing uric acid levels, allopurinol can cause Telogen Effluvium, a temporary hair shedding condition.
    • Blood Thinners (Coumadin, Heparin): These medications can lead to hair loss, though it typically improves once you stop taking them.
    • Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs (Clofibrate, Gemfibrozil): Some cholesterol medications may cause dry, brittle hair or hair loss in some individuals.

What to Do if You Experience Hair Loss on Medication:

    • Don’t Stop Taking Your Medication Without Consulting Your Doctor: Hair loss may be a treatable side effect, and discontinuing essential medication can have serious health consequences.
    • Talk to Your Doctor: Discuss your hair loss with your doctor. They can assess the cause, explore alternative medications with fewer side effects (if possible), or recommend treatment options for hair loss.

Recovering from Medication-Induced Hair Loss:

Hair loss due to medication is usually temporary and reversible. It may take several months after stopping the medication to see new hair growth.


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