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    Drug-Induced Hair Loss

    Many commonly prescribed prescription drugs can cause temporary hair loss, trigger the onset of male and female pattern baldness, and even cause permanent hair loss. Note that the drugs listed here do not include those used in chemotherapy and radiation for cancer treatment.

    Your doctor may not mention hair loss as a side effect of some drugs, so don't forget to do your own research and read the drug manufacturer's complete warnings. Your pharmacist can provide you with this information even before you fill a prescription.

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    Drug-Induced Hair Loss

    Medications are designed to treat a variety of health conditions, but sometimes they can have unwanted side effects. Certain drugs can contribute to excess hair growth, changes in hair color or texture, or hair loss. Drug-induced hair loss, like any other type of hair loss, can have a real effect on your self-esteem. The good news is that in most cases, it's reversible once you stop taking the drug.

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    Many pill and medication guidebooks (sold in bookstores and pharmacies) are also excellent sources of complete information about prescription drugs. If your doctor prescribes any of the following drugs, ask if one that does not have hair loss as a possible side effect can be substituted.

    The drugs are listed by category, according to the conditions they treat, then by brand name first followed by the drug's generic name in parentheses. In some categories, individual drugs are not listed. For these conditions, you will want to discuss the possibility of hair loss as a side effect of using any of the drugs that treat that particular condition, since many do contribute to hair loss.

    Acne

    All drugs derived from vitamin A as treatments for acne or other conditions, including:

    Blood

    Anticoagulants (blood thinners), including:

    Cholesterol

    Cholesterol lowering drugs, including:

    Convulsions/Epilepsy

    • Anticonvulsants

    Depression

    Antidepression drugs, including:

    Diet/Weight Loss

    Fungus

    • Antifungals

    Glaucoma

    Beta-blocker drugs, including:

    Gout

    Heart/High Blood Pressure

    Many drugs prescribed for the heart, including the beta-blockers, which are also used to treat high blood pressure, and include:

    Hormonal Conditions

    All hormone-containing drugs and drugs prescribed for hormone-related, reproductive, male-specific, and female-specific conditions and situations have the potential to cause hair loss, including:

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