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Hair Loss Caused By Drugs

Oct 22, 2007
Today, many people take prescription medications for health problems. While these medications for the most part have beneficial effects some of them can cause adverse effects for some. Drug induced hair loss is a very common side effect that occurs from some prescription medications. While hair loss may be unavoidable, there are some things that you can do to lessen the possibility or at the very least the severity.

If you want to avoid drug induced hair loss, the most important thing is to educate yourself. Learn about the medications you are taking and the potential side effects they may have. Some drugs taken for the treatment of arthritis, depression, heart problems and high blood pressure have been known to cause hair loss in certain individuals.

It is very important that before you begin taking any medication, whether prescribed by a physician or not that you know everything there is to know about potential side effects. If you are currently taking medications, it is essential that you inform your doctor so that he or she is aware and any potential drug interactions can be avoided. It is also a good idea to have all prescriptions filled at the same pharmacy as their computers are set up to alert the pharmacist of any potential medication interactions.

If you are already experiencing hair loss as a side effect of medication, you should know about the options available for treatment. The most important decision you will have to make regarding your hair loss is how much it bothers you and how far will your go because of it. Treatments can be expensive or just simply more trouble than they are worth to you.

Drug induced hair loss treatments can run the gamut from grooming techniques to wigs and toupees. Remember, they are only for the period of time during which you are taking the medication. Typical drug induced hair loss stops once you are no longer taking the medication and give your hair time to grow back. This leaves the wigs and hair pieces as the simplest and most immediate solution while surgery is a more extreme option.

Surgery is an option that should be tried only after you have tried everything else with out success, and if it will be necessary for you to continue the medication for an extended period of time. If your course of the medication is short term you really should consider one of the less extreme options available to you. No matter what you decide, you need to discuss it with your physician to avoid putting your self at risk.
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