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What chemotherapy drugs can make your hair fall out?

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As they kill cancer cells throughout the body, they also can damage healthy cells, including hair matrix cells. Chemo drugs that tend to cause hair loss include:

Hair loss is more likely and severe when you take combinations of chemotherapy.

  • Adriamycin
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Dactinomycin
  • Daunorubicin
  • Docetaxel
  • Doxorubicin
  • Etoposide
  • Fluorouracil
  • Ifosfamide
  • Irinotecan
  • Methotrexate
  • Nitrosoureas
  • Paclitaxel
  • Tamoxifen
  • Topotecan
  • Vinorelbine

SOURCES:

Bolognia, J.L., Jorizzo, J.L., Rapini, R.P., eds, , 2nd ed., Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier, 2008. Dermatology

Tosti, A. , 2007. Dermatologic Clinics

Mounsey, A.L. , 2009. American Family Physician

Tosti A. , 1994. Drug Safety

National Guideline Clearinghouse: "Recommendations to diagnose and treat adult hair loss disorders or alopecia in primary care settings (non pregnant female and male adults)."

American Cancer Society web site.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 16, 2018

SOURCES:

Bolognia, J.L., Jorizzo, J.L., Rapini, R.P., eds, , 2nd ed., Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier, 2008. Dermatology

Tosti, A. , 2007. Dermatologic Clinics

Mounsey, A.L. , 2009. American Family Physician

Tosti A. , 1994. Drug Safety

National Guideline Clearinghouse: "Recommendations to diagnose and treat adult hair loss disorders or alopecia in primary care settings (non pregnant female and male adults)."

American Cancer Society web site.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 16, 2018

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