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Old 08-05-2012, 02:07 PM   #1
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Can blood pressure drug cause hair loss?

I have had hair loss for the past year to two years and it seems to be getting worse. My hair is thinning especially on top.

First of all, I'll say that I had a total thyroidectomy in July 2002 and have been on levothyroxine since then. I was on 88 mcg. for a long time but a few years ago, my TSH, etc. was up to 10 and my meds were increased to 100 mcg. I had a hard time with side affects with the increase such as anxiety, heart palpitations, the shakes, etc. I had to have bloodwork every month for a long time. My ENDO increased it to 112 mcg. & the side effects got worse so I have been on 100 mcg. and my bloodwork (TSH) was about 3.6 about a month ago.

I also just recently had an ANA test and tested positive. The doctor I don't have lupus but didn't say anything about any further testing. This has been on my mind since she mentioned lupus. ANA results were 1.80 ANA & 1:80 Low Titer.

Two years ago, I also was put on blood pressure pills amlodipine besylate, generic form of Norvasc. Recently I read that some blood pressure pills cause hair loss. I also know that thyroid drugs cause hair loss.

Can anyone tell me what they think about these two drugs concerning hair loss? I have a doctor's appointment this week in hopes they will send me to a dermatologist.

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Old 08-06-2012, 07:18 AM   #2
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Re: Can blood pressure drug cause hair loss?

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I cannot address your thyroid medication and its effects, but I can relate to amlodipine. I took it for two years and had dramatic loss of hair. Not only did I lose hair, it actually changed the texture of my hair. I was taking no other medication--just amlodipine. I have changed to another medication within the last two months and I am hoping to see some regrowth of my previously long hair. My hair stopped growing in length and became very thin. Just my experience....

 
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Re: Can blood pressure drug cause hair loss?

Thank you so much for replying. I didn't realize the blood pressure meds cause hair loss. I was concentrating on the thyroid meds I'm taking. I've been on thyroid meds since 2002 and hadn't had hair loss like this. As you said, the texture has changed also. I have no body what so ever. Thanks so much for writing.

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Old 08-06-2012, 09:32 AM   #4
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Re: Can blood pressure drug cause hair loss?

Haley,
I too have had hair loss (from lupus in my case) and I found that taking Biotin, a B vitamin, has helped my hair regrow and thicken. It is OTC and it took a couple of months to see a difference but that may get some of your hair back. I have read about hair loss from amlodipine.

 
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Re: Can blood pressure drug cause hair loss?

I have been taking 5,000 mcg. of Biotin for the past three months and have seen no results. I heard Evening Primrose Oil is suppose to be good also. I need to find out what's causing the hair loss because I'm going broke buying supplements/shampoos & conditioners for hair loss.

Thank you so much for your reply. I really appreciate it.

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Re: Can blood pressure drug cause hair loss?

Haley,
I too have had hair loss (from lupus in my case) and I found that taking Biotin, a B vitamin, has helped my hair regrow and thicken. It is OTC and it took a couple of months to see a difference but that may get some of your hair back. I have read about hair loss from amlodipine.

 
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Re: Can blood pressure drug cause hair loss?

Halley, I suffered severe hair loss from taking Metoprolol Siccinate (50 mg). I have since changed to Bystolic (5mg) and although mitigated, I still suffer some hair loss from Bystolic. Both are beta blockers.

 
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Old 08-14-2012, 06:15 PM   #8
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Re: Can blood pressure drug cause hair loss?

Thank you so much for writing. The doctor has taken me off blood pressure meds. The texture of my hair changed too. My blood pressure is stable so I hope this will bring my hair back. I hope your hair improves too.

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