Could your medication be causing hair loss?

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In today’s world a large number of people take prescription drugs. This could be due to poor diets, lack of exercise, and stressful lifestyles, all of which can lead to several diseases resulting in a premature death.

When you seek medical attention the first question the doctor asks you is, “what symptoms are you having”. In most cases they won’t run any tests before writing a prescription, this  means they’re only treating the symptom, not the cause of the illness. Unfortunately, traditional medicine isn’t meant to cure the problem, it’s meant to be a band aid, which eventually causes other illnesses.  Have you ever listened to a commercial that advertises medication? They promote the benefits of the drug first, and put the side affects in fine print at the bottom of the TV screen.

Prescription drugs contain chemicals that can have an adverse affect on the body because they deplete  it of its vitamins and minerals. When the body is deficient, it can cause hair thinning/loss and problems in other areas of your body. I advise everyone to do their research before taking any prescription drugs and probe your doctor accordingly.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be a struggle, but if you are seeking  longevity,  balance is necessary.  By implementing  a healthy diet, exercise, and rest, you could preserve your life. Real health care reform begins in your kitchen, not the government.

Below is a list medications that may cause hair loss:

All drugs derived from vitamin A as treatments for acne or other conditions, including:

  • Accutane (isotretinoin)
  • Blood

 

Anticoagulants (blood thinners), including:

  • Panwarfin (warfarin sodium)
  • Sofarin (warfarin sodium)
  • Coumadin (warfarin sodium)
  • Heparin injections
  • Cholesterol

 

Cholesterol-lowering drugs, including:

  • Atronid-S (clofibrate)
  • Lopid (gemfibrozil)
  • Convulsions/ Epilepsy

 

Anticonvulsants, including:

  • Tridone (trimethadione)
  • Depression

 

Antidepression drugs, including:

  • 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)

 

Diet

  • Amphetamines – Fungus
  • Antifungals – Glaucoma

 

The beta-blocker drugs, including:

  • Timoptic Eye Drops (timolol)
  • Timoptic Ocudose (timolol)
  • Timoptic XC (timolol)
  • Gout

 

  • Lopurin (allopurinol)
  • Zyloprim (allopurinol)
  • Heart

 

Many drugs prescribed for the heart, including those known as the beta blockers, which are also used to treat high blood pressure, and include:

  • Tenormin (atenolol)
  • Lopressor (metoprolol)
  • Corgard (nadolol)
  • Inderal and Inderal LA (propanolol)
  • Blocadren (timolol)
  • High Blood Pressure

 

See Above list of beta blockers under “Heart”

 

Hormonal Conditions

All hormone-containing drugs and drugs prescribed for hormone-related, reproductive, male-specific, and female-specific conditions and situations have the potential to cause hair loss, including:

  • Birth Control Pills
  • Hormone-replacement therapy (HRT) for women (estrogen or progesterone)
  • Male androgenic hormones and all forms of testosterone
  • Anabolic steriods
  • Prednisone and other steroids
  • Inflammation

Many anti-inflammatory drugs, including those prescribed for localized pain, swelling and injury.

  • Arthritis drugs
  • Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs including:
  • Naprosyn (naproxen)
  • Anaprox (naproxen)
  • Anaprox DS (naproxen)
  • Indocin (indomethacin)
  • Indocin SR (indomethacin)
  • Clinoril (sulindac)

 

An anti-inflammatory that is also used as a chemotherapy drug:

  • Methotrexate (MTX)
  • Rheumatex (methotrexate)
  • Folex (methotrexate)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Levadopa / L-dopa (dopar, larodopa)

 

Thyroid Disorders

Many of the drugs used to treat the thyroid Ulcer

Many of the drugs used to treat indigestion, stomach difficulties, and ulcers, including over-the-counter dosages and prescription dosages.

  • Tagamet (cimetidine)
  • Zantac (ranitidine)
  • Pepcid (famotidine)