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Is Medicine Causing My Hair Loss

24966116_sIs medicine causing my hair loss?  Many things can cause temporary or permanent hair loss including something as simple  as foods that can mimic hormones or disrupt production of your own natural hormones.   You may have heard that thyroid conditions and treatment could be the culprit but it could be a number of other conditions and medications.   One of the things we would discuss during a consultation at Hair…Take 2 is medications.  Even with all the advances in medicine, we all know side effects do still occur.  Unfortunately, if your visit with your doctor isn’t directly connected to your hair loss concerns, this part of your life may be forgotten when meds are prescribed.

 Partial List of Hair Loss Causing Meds

20244171_sHere is a list including heart medications, cholesterol, depression, even anti-inflammatory meds that can slow or stop the hair growth cycle.  Results can be temporary thinning or even permanent shut down of the follicle.

This is not a complete list nor do all of these medicines cause hair loss in all people.  Check with your doctor or pharmacy for side effects of specific drugs.  The FDA also offers online an “Index to Drug-Specific Information” that I find very useful.


  • Mood stabilizers
  • Anti psychotics
  • Anti-seizure
    Tridone (trimethadione)
  • Blood thinners
    Panwarfin (warfarin sodium)
    Sofarin (warfarin sodium)
    Coumadin (warfarin sodium)
    Heparin injections
  • Anti-depression
    Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride)
    Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride)
    Paxil (paroxetine)
    Anafranil (clomipramine)
    Janimine (imipramine)
    Tofranil (imipramine)
    Tofranil PM (imipramine)
    Adapin (doxepin)
    Sinequan (doxepin)
    Surmontil (trimipramine)
    Pamelor (nortriptyline)
    Ventyl (nortriptyline)
    Elavin (amitriptyline)
    Endep (amitriptyline)
    Norpramin (desipramine)
    Pertofrane (desipramine)
    Vivactil (protriptyline hydrochloride)
    Asendin (amoxapine)
    Haldol ( haloperidol)
  • Cholesterol
    Atronid-S (clofibrate)
    Lopid (gemfibrozil)
  • Heart
    Enormin (atenolol)
    Lopressor (metoprolol)
    Corgard (nadolol)
    Inderal and Inderal LA (propanolol)
    Blocadren (timolol)
  • Blood Pressure     See Above list of beta blockers under “Heart”
  • Hormonal
    Birth Control Pills
    Replacement therapy (HRT) for women (estrogen or progesterone)
    Male androgenic hormones and all forms of testosterone
    Anabolic steriods
    Prednisone and other steroids
  • Parkinson
    Levadopa / L-dopa (dopar, larodopa)
  • Thyroid
  • Stomach
    Tagamet (cimetidine)
    Zantac (ranitidine)
    Pepcid (famotidine)
  • Weight Loss
  • Glaucoma
  • Timoptic Eye Drops (timolol)
    Timoptic Ocudose (timolol)
    Timoptic XC (timolol)
  • Gout                      Lopurin (allopurinol)
    Zyloprim (allopurinol)
  • Inflammation and Arthritis drugs
    Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs including:
    Naprosyn (naproxen)
    Anaprox (naproxen)
    Anaprox DS (naproxen)
    Indocin (indomethacin)
    Indocin SR (indomethacin)
    Clinoril (sulindac)Methotrexate (MTX)
    Rheumatex (methotrexate)
    Folex (methotrexate)
  • Fungus
  • Acne
    Accutane (isotretinoin)

Information has been compiled from several sources including:

American Hairloss Association

Womens Hair Loss Project