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    Old 01-07-2007, 10:07 PM   #1
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    Excessive hair loss

    I'm a 37 yr old woman who is losing a handful of hair daily.....
    It started when my son was born and I went on paxil for anxiety, atenolol for tachycardia and birth control, this was almost 9 yrs ago. I was told the loss was from hormones and the birth of the baby plus the birth control. Well I lived with it and it wasn't so bad, my hair was really full and curly and it wasn't too bad at that time. Well, I've been off the birth control and paxil for almost 3 yrs and my hair loss is getting worse! Especially the last year or so and really bad the past few months. My hair is thin now and I'm losing so much I fear I will be bald within a few months. I have no bald spots, just overall thinning and lots of it. I do not have a stressful life, I'm a stay at home mom. My atenolol is a very low dose now as it was decreased - 25mg - and I'm on xanax now for my anxiety but that isn't known to cause hair loss. I'll also mention I have zero sex drive. I eat a healthy well balanced diet, take quality supplements and generally take good care of myself. I am going to go to my regular doctor but am confused as to what I need to ask her to do as far as testing. Could it be hormonal? I tend to get a lot of fungal type rashes on my upper body also and have never been able to control this even with lamisil so maybe it is on my scalp and causing the hair loss??? I'm just at a loss and very devastated by the amount of hair I have been losing the last 6 months. I really need advice on what testing to have done and what I might try. Also, are there specialists for this or is my regular doctor ok to see about this?

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    Old 01-08-2007, 12:11 AM   #2
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    Re: Excessive hair loss

    yeast problems such as skin fungus, toenail fungs and systemic fungus can be treated.

    systemic fungal problems can make your hair fall out and since you have skin fungal problems, you may have a systemic fungal problem.

    Low iron could also make your hair fall out.

    systemic candidiasis can be take care of with herbs or drugs such as diflucan, nizorol, or ketacozinol, and probiotics.

    If your doctor won't help you in this regard, do the candida test that you will be able to find on a candida website. Diet would also play a large role in this.

    Dr. William Crook has written a good book on candida, how to control it with herbs and diet--recipies included and what to eat and avoid eating.

     
    Old 01-08-2007, 06:14 AM   #3
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    Re: Excessive hair loss

    Nuttygirl -

    Have you ever had your thyroid tested? That could be causing it, too.

     
    Old 01-08-2007, 06:40 AM   #4
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    Most doctors don't have a clue how to treat this. The two top reasons for hair loss are hormone imbalance and thyroid disease. Anti depresssants can cause hair loss also, so can low ferritin (it should be 70), vitamin deficiencies.. I would start with a dermatologist but don't get your hopes up, it took me 3 tries before I found one. The endocrinologist can run thyroid tests and the gyn can cover hormone testing.

     
    Old 01-08-2007, 09:06 AM   #5
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    Re: Excessive hair loss

    My first step would be to go to your regular physician and have blood work done - complete blood count, thyroid, iron, ferritin. Low iron could be your culprit. After getting testing done, I would ask for a referral to a dermatologist. Good luck - I'm right there with you.

     
    Old 01-08-2007, 09:22 AM   #6
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    Re: Excessive hair loss

    Thanks for your replies. I had complete blood work done in late Sept. and everything was normal with my thyroid, iron and such. My triglycerides were a bit high but my doctor said not too bad and just watch out for bad carbs, sugars and high fats which I am doing a better job of now. I'm calling her this morning to get in this week and wll ask for a hormone panel test plus adrenal testing and a referal to a dermatologist. I'm unable to take oral antifungals with the med I take for anxiety unless there's one that won't interact but I know the lamisil types are a no-no. I just have to get this under control I can't imagine be bald

    Thanks again,
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    Old 01-08-2007, 12:45 PM   #7
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    Re: Excessive hair loss

    I just looked up atenolol, and it can cause hair loss.

     
    Old 01-08-2007, 06:49 PM   #8
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    Re: Excessive hair loss

    Yes, that is true it can. The thing is, when I first began taking it I was on 50mg twice daily and the hair loss was there but not like it is now at only 25mg once daily which is considered a very minimal dose. In Oct I dropped down to the 25mg and it seemed the hair loss got worse I'm thinking it is something else because of this reason. Also with the complete lack of sex drive I'm thinking hormonal problem. I'll let y'all know what happens at the doctor when I go Friday.

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    Old 01-09-2007, 12:48 AM   #9
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    Re: Excessive hair loss

    Like others have said, it could be anything from diet, hormones, medication, thyroid etc.

    When doctors do thyroid tests they are too general quite often. You can also be within the required range, but be close to the cut off point and it could be affecting you, but as you are within the required range docotrs will not put you on thyroid meds. Someone on the hair boards mentioned that you have to ask for a test including: Free T3 & T4, T3 & T4, thyroid antibody test.

    I went to a dermatologist nearly 3yrs ago and it was a waste of time. I was so upset with my doctor as he new that my iron levels were low and he should have gotten me onto the iron before sending me off to an expensive dermatologist.

    In mid February i'll be seeing a trichologist who specialises in only hair and scalp and this one specialises particularly with females who are having problems for whatever reasons. He also goes through all the possibilities and it's kind of like one stop shopping, you do everything with the one doctor instead of running to a gp, then to a dermatologist, then to a thyroid specialist, then to someone else and so on. I'm tired of useless gp's and trying these vitamins, those vitamins, having to do all the research myself and whatever else.

    I did have success for a while with making infusions from nettles, rosemary or sage and using it as a rinse, but they only made my hair appear fuller and thicker. It did a fantastic job of cleansing my scalp though, it really cleaned out all the pores. Who knows, maybe my mass of baby hairs growing through are as a result of that or it could be due to months of iron supplements. Anyway, i'm sick of guessing so will wait till my trichologist appointment to find out what is the specific cause.

    By the way, i recently read that excessive Vitamin E and Zinc can interfere with Iron absorbtion.

     
    Old 01-09-2007, 04:44 PM   #10
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    Re: Excessive hair loss

    Hi,
    I am also having hair loss. I was taking trazodone for a year and a half for depression and sleep problems. I noticed my hair falling out after taking trazodone for about 1month. I have been off trazodone for two months now but taking seroquel for sleeping problems. Still loosing hair. Have any ideas?

     
    Old 01-10-2007, 01:25 PM   #11
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    Re: Excessive hair loss

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    Hi,
    I am also having hair loss. I was taking trazodone for a year and a half for depression and sleep problems. I noticed my hair falling out after taking trazodone for about 1month. I have been off trazodone for two months now but taking seroquel for sleeping problems. Still loosing hair. Have any ideas?
    I just looked up seroquel for you, and it can cause hair loss.

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    Old 01-10-2007, 07:17 PM   #12
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    Re: Excessive hair loss

    Did you happen to notice if xanax can cause hair loss also? I've looked it up but haven't found anything yet. It's the only thing that controls my constant panic attacks so I surely hope it isn't the cause. My hair loss began before I started the xanax but has gotten worse the past few months so who knows.....but I hope not!

     
    Old 01-11-2007, 07:25 AM   #13
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    Re: Excessive hair loss

    I did some searching last night and I found a few things about people getting hair loss from it. Also, I think there's a post either on here or on the Anxiety board about someone having hair loss from klonopin (clonazepam). It's in the same class as xanax. Have you ever tried anything 'natural' like kava kava or holy basil for your panic attacks? You can get these at a health food/vitamin store. Also, B vitamins are good for nerves. After losing lots of hair on various meds (including Prozac, currently weaning off), I'm all about the natural route. I haven't tried anything really yet, but I will if I start feeling bad again. It has to be better then these stupid scripts. There has to be a better way.

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    Old 01-11-2007, 02:22 PM   #14
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    Re: Excessive hair loss

    I've just been through a work-up for rapid hair loss (2/3rds of my hair in 2 years or so) with an Internist. I also have vitilago, or white spots on my skin. He claims all my bloodwork was normal, and that the white spots could be a integumentary (skin) immune problem such as lupus involving only the skin. He is exploring putting me on Plaguinel (a malarial drug) to see if this helps. Just a thought in that you also have another skin issue...

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    Old 01-11-2007, 11:24 PM   #15
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    Re: Excessive hair loss

    There really do seem to be a lot of people who are on mediction of various types, even the birth control pill, who are losing hair. It's unfortunate that what these drugs do to help on one hand they take with the other. So i agree with kittywitty that sometimes a natural alternative might be better if hair loss is affecting you due to drugs as not everyone gets the hair loss side affect but a fair amount of people do seem to according to reading things on various sections of these boards.

    Even with natural you have to take care it seems. For example the herb astragalus is an immune system booster but through some research i did it was mentioned that even it can cause hair loss.

    The problem is that hair grows slowly anyway and if you go off a drug or begin taking supplements or make some changes, you will likely not notice till at least 3 months down the track. Whatever new changes you make you need to be patient to give your hair time to become affected by the changes.

     
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