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If your hair falls out because of medication, will it grow back?

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There's a good chance your hair will grow back on its own after you stop taking the medication. If not, you may need medications that slow hair loss and can stimulate new hair growth, finasteride (Propecia) or minoxidil (Rogaine).

After chemotherapy, hair usually grows back in very quickly, but it may change in texture. In rare cases, the hair stays thin. Minoxidil can help regrow hair that is slow to return.

Scalp hypothermia may help prevent hair loss from chemotherapy. Cooling the scalp with ice pack before and after treatment reduces blood flow to the hair follicles, making it harder for the drugs to get into the follicular cells. It also makes them less susceptible to damage.

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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