Drug Related Hair Loss


Certain prescription drugs can cause hair loss. Chemotherapy and radiation cancer treatment are two of the most known medical methods that cause hair loss. There are several other drugs that lead to or trigger female pattern baldness and male pattern baldness.

Some cause temporary, and some cause permanent hair loss.

Most medications have side effects, some minor, and some major. It is best to take any serious medications under your doctor’s supervision. Do not buy black market products, and if prescription is needed for a drug, do not buy it without the prescription.

Always seek medical advice first. An experienced physician will always find the most suitable treatment for you.

Learn if your prescribed medication has any possible side effects, be aware, and prepare for them if there is any way to reduce the effects.

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Let your doctor know about your lifestyle (for instance smoking, drinking alcohol) and medical history, and apply their advice.

If you are prone to hair loss, if it runs in your family, be extra cautious. Certain acne, blood, cholesterol, depression, epilepsy and convulsion, antifungal, diet, glaucoma drugs (beta-blockers), gout, heart, high blood pressure, hormonal drugs, contraceptives, anti-inflammatory drugs, thyroid and Parkinson’s medications, indigestion, and ulcer drugs can have side effects, and trigger hair loss or thinning. Make sure you know their side effects well, and ask your physicians about which precautions to take.


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