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Medications can cause hair loss

Medications can cause hair loss?

When he goes to the doctor and prescribes some treatment for a disease, he usually asks if he can eat or drink something specific. However, a basic question is always overlooked: medications can cause hair loss? This type of question is more common in people who already have a clavicle problem and are considering the best hair transplant in Mexico.

But, if this is the first time you ask, Cancun Hair Restoration brings you this interesting blog.

Myth or true?

The answer to this question is a great one: it depends on the medication. Alopecia is a condition that appears as a result of several factors and some types of medication are closely related. It is important to clarify that alopecia can affect any part of the body that is covered by hair. 

In case the alopecia appears as a consequence of the medication, the hair loss will depend on the duration of the treatment and the dose of it. But, if you detect an excessive fall, it is better to consult an expert. When the damage is severe enough, you may need to undergo a hair transplant once the treatment is complete.

What medications cause hair loss?

There are medications that are responsible for hair loss in some of the phases of the growth cycle: resting phase (telogen), growth phase (anagen) and catagen phase.

Telogen phase

In the case of the telogen phase, it is possible to find:

  • Beta blockers
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Contraceptive pills
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • Sertraline (Zoloft)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil)
  • Antifungal medications
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Thyroid treatment
  • Anticoagulants
  • Those aimed at lowering cholesterol

Anagen phase

At this stage, the following medications stand out:

  • Boric acid
  • Chemotherapy
  • Arsenic
  • Colcrys

Medications in general

Other medications that can lead to hair loss are:

  • Acne medications containing vitamin A (retinoids)
  • Antidepressants
  • Immune-inhibiting drugs
  • Diuretics
  • Steroids
  • Parkinson’s medications
  • Antifungal drugs

Remember that if you notice any abnormality in the growth of your hair or discomfort in general from a treatment, you should discuss it with your doctor. Self-medication should never be an option.

Can this type of hair loss be reversed?


Most logical solution to stop hair loss is to stop taking the medication. But, before making this decision, it is important to discuss it with your doctor. With the help of your healthcare professional, you are likely to find an alternative solution or consider a future hair transplant.

Even if you stop taking the medication, hair loss is likely to stop up to 6 months later. Total growth of your hair can take up to 1 and a half years.

How to diagnose drug hair loss?

If you notice any of these symptoms, visit your doctor:

  • You see strands of hair on pillows.
  • When you brush your hair, a good amount comes off your head.
  • Notice strands of hair in the drain when you take a shower.

When you see your doctor, they will likely ask you about your general eating habits, if you have undergone any surgery, or if there is a family history of hair loss. All this will help you to make an accurate diagnosis to solve your problem.

To find the most optimal solution for you, contact us. Come with the experts of Cancun Hair Restoration and get great hair again! We are waiting for you.

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