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Causes of Hair Loss: Medicines and Medical Treatments - Topic Overview

Medicines and medical treatments can cause hair loss.

Medicines

Many medicines that can cause hair loss include:

If you think a medicine may be causing your scalp problem, contact your doctor to discuss your symptoms. Your doctor may adjust your dosage or change or discontinue your medicine.

Medical treatments

Medical treatments that can cause hair loss include:

  • High-dose X-rays used to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors (radiation therapy).
  • Major surgery. Increased hair shedding often occurs within 1 to 3 months after surgery. The condition generally reverses itself within a few months.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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