Medication Induced Hair Loss
Reverse Hair Loss Caused by Medications
Dr. Lewenberg’s Formula uniquely repairs medication-induced damage by stimulating the stem cells in and around the hair follicle and making the hair grow faster, allowing you to regrow and maintain your hair.
There are medications that you need to take for your health and well-being that can cause the unwanted side effect of hair loss. The hair loss can be severe and can even cause an earlier onset of and can worsen the most common form of hair loss, male and female pattern balding. The good news is that you do not need to worry about taking or stopping your medications because Dr. Lewenberg’s Formula can help regrow your hair and/or maintain it while you are on them.
There are three types of hair loss associated with medications, Telogen Effluvium, Anagen Effluvium and Androgenic Alopecia. All forms will continue as long as you are taking the medications and if you have a family history of hair loss, may continue even after you have stopped taking the medications.
Telogen Effluvium is the most common form of medication-induced hair loss. It usually appears within one to six months after starting the medication. This condition causes the hair follicles to go into their resting phase (telogen) and fall out too early. People with Telogen Effluvium usually experience rapid shedding, losing over 100 hairs a day and/or simply do not grow hair after it falls out. This is common in people taking anti-depressants (e.g. Prozac, Welbutrin, Cymbalta) some antibiotics, certain anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. Aleve, Advil, Celebrex), Opiates (e.g. Codeine, Vicodine, morphine, Oxycodone) and many other medications. There is a more comprehensive list below.
Anagen effluvium is hair loss that occurs during the growth phase (anagen) of the hair cycle, and prevents new hairs from growing. It usually appears within a few days to a few weeks after taking the medication and causes people to lose most, if not all, the hair on their head and body. This type is severe and sudden and common in people who are undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.
Androgenic Alopecia is hair loss that is caused by an imbalance in certain sex hormones like testosterone, DHT, DHEA, estrogen, estradiol and progesterone. Although, caused by medication this is the same condition as male and female pattern balding. This condition is common in people who take birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy and anabolic steroids.
The amount of hair that you will lose and the way that you will lose it depends on:
- The medication you are taking
- The dosage
- The number of medications you are on
- How your body responses to these medications
- The current state of your hair follicles
Medications and drugs that cause hair loss
There are several types of medications that have hair loss as a potential side effect, so we have listed the most common and well known, but this is not a full list.
The most commonly used ones include medications for depression and anxiety, SSRIs, SNRIs, TCAs, like Prozac, Zoloft, Lexipro, Welbutrin, and Amitriptyline. Cholesterol medications like Lipotor. Most forms of birth control and other hormone treatments. Medications for diabetes, Metformin, and thyroid conditions, Synthroid. The most well-known medications that cause hair loss are chemotherapy drugs.
Anti-Depressants including SSRI, SNRI, Tricyclics Depression
Antidepression drugs, including:
Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride)
Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride)
Tofranil PM (imipramine)
Vivactil (protriptyline hydrochloride)
Haldol ( haloperidol)
Cholesterol-lowering drugs, including:
Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID),
which can cause hair loss when used daily or frequently.
Ibuprofen – Advil, Midol Liquid Gels, Motrin, Nuprin
Naproxen – Aleve, Anaprox, Antalgin, Feminax Ultra, Flanax, Inza, Midol Extended Relief, Nalgesin, Naposin, Naprelan, Naprogesic, Naprosyn, Narocin, Proxen, Synflex and Xenobid.
indomethacin – Indocin, Indocin SR
Sulindac – Clinoril
Etodolac – Lodine
Ketorolac – Todol, Toradol and Acular
Antacids and Ulcer Medications
Hormone Replacement Therapy and Birth Control
ADD / ADHD Medications, including Amphetamines
Anticoagulants, (blood thinners)
Warfarin – Coumadin
Allopurinol – Zyloprim
MDMA – Ecstasy
Ketamine – K, Special K