10 Drugs That Can Cause Hair Loss

10 Drugs That Can Cause Hair Loss

Hair grows in cycles, anagen, the growth phase lasting between 3-6 years, telogen, the resting phase lasting just a few months, and catogen when the hair falls and is replaced by a new hair.

Some drugs can effect the natural length of these phases and promote hair loss, known as anagen effluvian and telogen effluvium. Telogen interupts the resting phase causing the hair to fall out early and commonly occurs around 3 months after taking the drug. Anagen effluvian occurs within the first days of taking the drug, causing individuals to lose most or all of their hair; as with chemo-therapy.

1. Thyroid medications

2. Acne drugs

3. Immune system suppressants

4. Steroids

5. Antidepressants

6. Epilepsy drugs (anticonvulsants)

7. Antibiotics

8. Antifungal drugs

9. Hormone replacement therapy

10. Cancer drugs

Always consult a medically qualified person for advice.

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