Healthy Hair Growth after Prescription Medicine Induced Hair Loss
Hair loss can be a side effect of numerous medications, including antidepressants, beta-blockers, high blood pressure medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and even some types of birth control pills. The severity of drug-induced hair loss depends on the type of drug and dosage, as well as your sensitivity to that drug.
According to The American Hair Loss Association, many commonly prescribed prescription drugs can cause temporary hair loss, and trigger the onset of male and female pattern baldness. The organization maintains a list of prescription medications that may cause hair loss.
The good news is, in most cases, hair loss due to prescription medicines is easily reversible.
Top Hair Loss Issues for Drug Induced Hair Loss
Below we address some common concerns regarding hair loss due to a prescription medicine or pharmaceutical drug and natural alternatives to healthy hair growth. If your question is not addressed, feel free to contact one of our experts by clicking to the left.
Medicines cause hair loss by interfering with the normal cycle of hair growth.
The first form of medication-induced hair loss usually appears within two to four months after taking the medication. This condition causes the hair follicles to go into their resting phase (telogen) and fall out too early. Many classify this form of drug induced hair loss as telogen effluvium.
The second form of medicine-induced hair loss that occurs during the anagen phase of the hair cycle, when the hairs are actively growing. It prevents the matrix cells, which produce new hairs, from dividing normally. This type of hair loss usually occurs within a few days to weeks after taking the medication.
The type and severity of drug-induced hair loss depends on the type of drug and dosage, as well as your sensitivity to that drug.
Many different types of medicines are thought to cause hair loss, including some of the following types of medications:
Antibiotics and antifungal medications
Blood thinners (anticoagulants)
Epilepsy medications (anticonvulsants)
High blood pressure medications (anti-hypertensives)
Hormone replacement therapy - oestrogen or progesterone for women, androgens and testosterone for men
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications ( NSAIDs)
Parkinson's disease medications
It is important to consult a physician to rule out more serious causes of hair loss. Your physician may conduct a blood test and examine the hair loss pattern on your scalp. It can be difficult to prove which drug is causing the hair loss, or even that a drug is to blame. Your doctor may ask you to stop taking one drug at a time and see whether your hair stops falling out, but it can take two to three months after stopping a drug for the hair loss to end.
Yes. In most cases, hair loss due to prescription medicines is easily reversible once you stop taking the drug. Off the medicine, your hair follicles can resume a normal hair growth cycle (which varies from person-to-person). With proper nourishment, hair loss will stop; and damaged and dormant hair follicles can be repaired and even reactivated, resulting in new hair growth. You may consider eating a diet rich in protein, essential fatty acids (especially omega-3 fatty acids), Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Biotin, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. You may also want to supplement your food intake with a natural supplement like Hair Essentials™ that offers an abundant supply of hair-healthy nutrients.
It's important to review any medications you take, and discuss their potential side effects with your doctor and pharmacist. When hair loss does occur from a drug you're taking, there is a good chance that the hair will grow back on its own after you stop taking the medication.
Natural Remedies for Drug Induced Hair Loss
Try these natural remedies to help reverse hair loss, prevent future hair loss and encourage healthy hair regrowth. It is important to consult your physician before pursuing these alternatives.
Shampoo with sage.
Sage has been believed for centuries to help prevent hair loss. Sage extract can be added to your favorite shampoo. Or you can use double-strength sage tea daily as a hair rinse to encourage hair growth.
Soothe scalp with safflower.
Safflower is considered to be a good vasodilator helping to widen blood vessels allowing blood to flow more easily to the scalp thus increasing hair growth. Massage safflower oil on your scalp for twenty minutes a day to increase local blood flow and stimulate hair growth.
Drink a minimum of 8 to 10 glasses (8 ounce serving) of water a day.
Water is critical to hair health. Not only does water make up approximately one fourth of the weight of a strand of hair making it shiny, but water also acts as an antioxidant by flushing free radicals out of the body allowing for healthy cell reproduction. Plus, if you are supplementing your diet with vitamins, your body will not absorb the nutrients if you are dehydrated.
Supplement your diet with Hair Essentials™.
Hair Essentials™ provides more than 20 all-natural, hair-healthy vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids and other nutrients that support active recovery from hair loss and nourish strong, healthy hair regrowth. Its ingredients are absorbed from the digestive tract and delivered to the scalp where they quickly work to help restore healthy hair growth and nourish thicker, stronger new hair growth.
Hair Essentials™ customers often notice decreased shedding or hair loss within the first few weeks. Most customers report dramatic improvement and faster hair growth by three months; and many customers report that their hair grows 75% to 100% faster in as little as 3 months!