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Could Your Blood Pressure Medicine Be Causing Your Hair Loss?

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Q. I have been taking Toprol XL for about two years for high blood pressure, and my hair is getting so thin you can see through it. Is there any other medication that can replace Toprol XL that would not cause hair loss? Yes I know, vanity thy name is woman, but I do hate losing my hair.

A. Beta blockers such as metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL) and atenolol (Tenormin, Tenoretic) may cause hair loss. Many cardiologists no longer consider beta blockers the best choice for first line treatment of high blood pressure. Ask your doctor whether another medication might be appropriate for you.

Scores of other medications share this side effect. We are sending you our new Guide to Hair and Nail Care with a list of medications that may lead to hair loss.
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I had taken Lopressor many years ago resulting in many side affects. I was prescribed Toporol XL for an arrhythmia, not knowing they are very much alike. After hair and nail loss, weight gain, vivid nightmares, loss of mental focus, lethargy and a few more effects started, my doctor had me stop the medication immediately. My situation is handled very nicely by other meds, without the side effects. Is the fact that Toporol XL is an anti-hyper thyroid med part of the reason for the lethargy, weight gain and hair loss? J

I have taken Tenormin for nine years. I have lost my eyelashes, brows and body hair (other than pubic). I have also had a complete change in life outlook and personality. Depression?? I've asked several doctors and they just shrug unconcerned.

I have just had my thyroid checked and it's in a normal range. After reading this article I called my doctor and asked my medication to be changed. She told me Tenormin was not the cause of hair loss. I do not want to lose the hair on my head. The doctor then prescribed Metoprolol Succinate in place of Tenormin. The pharmacy information I received says this RX is also atenolol. I'm at a loss as to what to do.

A comment re loss of hair while taking a beta blocker. I am female, 80 years young, and have been taking Atenolol for 10 years without losing any hair. The lady didn't mention other medications she may be taking , which, in conjunction with the beta blocker, may cause her this problem.

i have been taking bisoprolol for arrhythmia for 2 years and have been having severe hair loss, i would like to know what other meds are out there that do not cause this side effect.

I was just taken off Metoprolol because it was causing tremendous hair loss on my head. The written insert which comes with the drug speaks of that side effect.

My husband was on diovan and cardizem for high blood pressure and had complete hair loss including eye lashes, eyebrows and body hair. The doctor took him off those meds and put him on atenolol which now I'm finding out also causes hair loss. Are there other meds that control blood pressure that will not cause hair loss?
I would really appreciate any information that you would have for us.

I, too, have been on Diovan for about ten months now. I was started on cardizem at first, but side effects too bad. I noticed my scalp hair starting to thin after about three months on Diovan. and now, just three days ago, at my last shampoo, I lost about 50% of my scalp hair. My hair continues to grow long, but has thinned out so bad, you can see straight through it now. Very embarrassing as a woman. I blamed the drug Topamax, at first, but Pharmacist said it could be both drugs. Started them around same time.

I have been taking Avalide for some 7 yrs. I am a 38 year old male that use to have thick wavy hair. Within a short period of time I noticed the texture of my hair began to change from being silky and shiny to dull and dry.

And now I am dealing with thinning hair through out the top of my scalp. It seems like this has happened all of a sudden. But according to a family friends who's a beautician, this has probably been happening since I began taking my BP medication and it's only now that I can really notice the results. What is a man to do?

The Avalide has done a great job at keeping my pressure under control. Don't get me wrong, my BP is more important to me than thinning hair, But I would be lying if I said this wasn't having a psychological effect on me.

I"ve been taking tenoretic for 4 years, I am 47, and I have lost half of my hair and I tried to blame everything except my tenoretic, but after I 've had all kinds of lab tests to see hormone levels, thyroid, adrenals, stress levels and everything in my hands to see what was making me loose my hair, the only thing I have left is my tenoretic pill, and I think that even though my doctor tells me that this pill doesn't have that side effect, I believe it does in me, maybe in every person the effect is different, but in me it makes me loose my hair, thinner eyebrows, very thin and small lashes and in my head my curly and heavy hair is now thin and fluffy.

If feel very sad every time I wash my hair and in the shower I can see that I left a ping pong ball size of hair on the floor, but that is every time, so I think I am loosing a lot of hair, and I wish someone could help me stop it.

Since there's a possibility that blood pressure medicine CAN cause hair loss, what BP medicine does NOT cause hair loss? In my research, I can find the ones that do, but not one that does not. As a female, this is a really big problem to me! I've been through Duke University & many dermatologists, hair biopsies, & blood tests only to be told every thing is negative, "so it must be genetic." That's not good enough for me. Now I want to find out about BP medicine & my hair loss. Apparently, Beta Blockers do show hair loss as a side effect, so which one does NOT cause the loss?

I was on Atenolol as well. Had so much hair that I would have never thought that I could one day see my scalp. My mother told me last week that she thought that my BP meds was making my hair loss. I googled it and sure enough I came to this site and seen the other testimonies. Is there anything out there that can start the regrowth, or am I or we out of luck....Please advise.

I'm a 32 year old woman, and have been on atenolol for 3 months. I have noticed an increased loss of hair for at least the past two months. But my quality of life has improved so much due to not getting weekly migraines that I don't want to stop the beta blocker now. Can anyone tell me if the hair loss due to atenolol is reversible?

I have also been taking Toporol XL for high blood pressure and have terrible hair loss. I didn't realize it was from that until I was so scared that I started reading about all the medications I am taking trying to figure out why my hair is falling out. The Toporol XL was the only medication I take that states that side effect. After reading that and doing this search I'm calling my doctor and getting off this medication as soon as possible. I wish I wouldn't have waited so long to research this. I hope my beautiful hair grows back!

Following my previous email, I've stopped taking the beta blocker - have been off it for three weeks now. But my hair is still falling out! Can anyone please give me an indication how long it takes before the hair loss stops? Have all my hair follicles been damaged? No sign of any regrowth either, yet.

It was so comforting to see that I am not the only female with hair loss from beta blockers. I have been on Atenolol for 15 years and my hair has thinned so drastically. Doctors don't seem to be overly concerned about it. As a woman, I AM concerned about it and asked my nurse practitioner to find a beta blocker that does not cause hair loss. She found that the drug Lisinopril does not list hair thinning as a side effect and I have begun taking it to replace my Atenolol. I am anxious to see if there is any improvement in my hair but I realize it will take months to notice.

In reply to D. Rice regarding her weekly migraines: I had migraines frequently, had extensive testing for the cause, was told that I had classic migraine and to avoid chocolate, nuts, cured meats, etc. However on my own investigation, I found that I would get a migraine from any food with MSG ( monosodium glutamate ).

To my horror, MSG is in most foods hidden under other names. It is found in canned tuna, turkeys, most soups, fresh pork, ground hamburger, cereals, Healthy Choice foods, etc; Some of the hidden names are :
Vegetable broth, yeast extract, vegetable protein, calcium caseinate, hydrolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, etc.

I am 35 years old and my heart has recently started skipping beats. So my doctor prescribed Atenolol - which does stop the skipped beats. However, over the last few months, my hair has started breaking & falling out. The last few hair cuts I had, they stylist told me there was something wrong with my hair & that it appeared to be from chemicals in my body.

The only thing that I am doing differently is the meds. I am convinced that is the problem. I have been trying to take extra vitamins & oils hoping that it would combat the problem, but it is not helping. I think I must stop the beta blocker. I will just have to live with my heart skipping beats - I do not want to lose any more hair.

My hair has always been full & healthy and now it doesn't resemble the old head of hair at all. I know my hormones are off balance as well and it could be a combination of both but I have had the hormone problem for a few years.

This hair thing is something totally new & really concerning to me. I think the common thread in all these posts is the beta blockers. There has to be another alternative.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: BETA BLOCKERS CAN LEAD TO HAIR LOSS, BUT THEY MUST NEVER BE STOPPED SUDDENLY! WORK WITH YOUR DOCTOR.

I started taking Metoprolol 25 mg 2x daily in July of '05 after being diagnosed with an aortic root aneurysm..I hate the way they make me feel..fatigued, weak, etc. I, also, have noticed in the last 5 months or so that after taking a shower and washing my hair that there is a lot more hair n the drain than there used to be. I thought I would check to see if beta blockers could cause this and I found this site. I AM SICK ABOUT THIS. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I don't want to lose my hair, but, I also don't want my aneurysm to grow or rupture.

I have been taking Toprol XL for 2 years now and am loosing quite a bit of my hair. I am a female who has had a full head of hair. I know for sure it is the Toprol since the only other drugs I am taking is Aspirin and Plavix. I wish I could get off it. I am taking it for irregular and fast heartbeats in addition to having had a heart attack. It doesn't stop my extra beats, however. It also makes me tired, difficulty sleeping, weakness, headaches, sinusitis, etc.

I have been taking Atenolol for several years. I started having more problems with my Atrial Fib so they upped the dosage from 25mg to 50mg. My hair started coming out by the handfuls. My husband couldn't believe I had any hair left after my shower. I could see my scalp in front. I finally decided on my own to go back to 25mg and have had only minor hair loss since but my hair is not the same as before. It has lost it soft shiny look. It has not come back after several months.

I talked to the doctor about it and she said she hadn't had any complaints about hair loss from Atenolol before. After reading this site I have to disagree with her but what else is out there? I have looked at several drugs and none promise to be any better and some are even worse as far as side effects. If anyone finds something better I'd like to hear about it.

Read your comment about Lisinopril not causing hair loss... so how has the Lisinopril been working for since you've been taking it as far as side effects? Especially, the side effect of hair loss... Is your hair growing back now?

If it's working for you I have a follow-up appt with my doctor since taking atacand HCT & most recently the generic HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) and I'd like to check with my doctor if taking Lisinopril or some other medication that does not have hair loss as a side effect. Since I've been on the blood pressure medications, I've had hair loss just as everyone else... I really like to find a BP medication that works well without any hair loss!

Please advise ASAP. Thanks!

I am a 38 year old female.I have been on Toprol XL 25mg for many years for atrial fib. I noticed my hair started to shed and thin about 2 years ago. I have always had long, thick , healthy hair. I have been to doctor after doctor, test after test. Did find out that I was severely iron deficient. In combination with the Toprol was told that this was a great combination for hair loss.

For the past few weeks I have lost at least 50% of the rest of my hair. I am severely depressed about it, quite devastated to say the least. Was started on ICAR C for the anemia. I will definitely try to wean myself off the Toprol, because I don't think that I can stand to continue to watch my hair fall out. It's everywhere. And it's like nobody understands the magnitude of this traumatic and devastating condition.

It would be different if I never had hair. But to go from long, thick, pretty, healthy hair to a mere few stings of hair on my head has sent me into a deep depression. I don't no what to do..PLEASE, SOMEONE HELP ME...

I had been on Micardis for about two years for high blood pressure. Then I switched to Azor (5/40). I noticed a couple of months later that my hair felt different...then after about 9 months on the drug, I noticed definite thinning on top...I have always had a thick head of coarse hair. Now it is thin and more silky.

I finally put two and two together and checked WebMD for side effects. Thinning hair was listed as a very rare side effect, but after googling the question...It seems quite prevalent.

Is the hair loss permanent?

J

I have been having the same problem myself. I am a 48year old female... I don't really think there is a BP Med out there that will help you or all of us. However, if it gives you any comfort. I feel the same about the depression and anguish regarding the sink full of hair too!! (To EVERYONE!!!) TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR, STAND UP AND SAY!!! I CAN'T STAND THIS, GET THEM TO COMPLAIN TO THE MAKERS, CHANGE MAY HAPPEN???

We all need to tell our doctor's; it's not in our heads, but the hair loss is a major side effect.

I've been taking a Lisinopril and Hydrochlorothiazide combo pill, and my hair is falling out. It's gotten very thin on top. The full list of side effects for both of these include hair loss. I've got a feeling there isn't anything out there that reduces blood pressure that won't cause hair loss. Sounds like we've just got to get exercising and eating right!

I have been taking benicar hdl and had no side effects until I developed gout. My Dr. took me off, and said it's from the water pill. Now she put me on Azor to try. Can this make hair loss or are side effects mild?? Thank you, I am the side effect queen when it comes to something new...

I have been taking Ziac for 13 years and am 58 years old. My hair has been falling out. It is so thin now on the top that you can see through it. I used have such beautiful hair that this is so upsetting to me.

I feel as though when people are talking to me they are looking a my skimpy hair on the top of my head. I am now socially anxious, and don't like to go out or be around new people. If I stop the medicine will my hair grow back?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: PLEASE TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT FINDING A DIFFERENT BLOOD PRESSURE TREATMENT THAT WON'T LEAD TO HAIR LOSS.

I also have a thinning problem from BP meds. I looked online found 2 meds they say will work without thinning hair. Does anyone here know if it is ok to take them? I am going to my Dr. next week to try and switch again. I had beautiful thick red hair, not anymore from the meds. One med is called Micardis, the other is Verapamil. Any info will be helpful, Thank You, Kathy.

I have been on atenolol for 2+ years now and I've also been taking Red Rice Yeast for the last year. For the last 6 months, my hair has been falling out a lot more than normal, enough to make me notice and my hair ties are much looser now. I stopped the red rice yeast about a month ago but the hair loss is still occupying. I'm now wondering if it is the atenolol. Any thoughts?

So reading all the comments, ARE there any blood pressure that do not cause hair loss? please let me know asap.

I'd like to know, too.

I am taking Lisinopril and my hair is falling. What blood pressure medicine can I take that will not cause my hair to fall off?

I was on lisinopril and that is when my hair started falling out. I am on a diuretic now, and my hair is very thin, and I have "see through hair" now. I am working out to lose a lot of weight (20 pounds) and hopefully will be able to get off the meds completely. I have read a lot about people who make lifestyle changes, and lose weight and come off meds, it's worth a try.

I have been taking triamterene/HCTZ 75/50 and lisinopril 10 mg for years. My hair has been thinning at a slow rate for the past several years. Suddenly in the past 3 mos. I noticed more rapid thinning and I now have see-through hair. It has been devastating to me. WHAT CAN I TAKE?

I have been on lisinopril for 4 months now. Also, having large amount of hair loss. I've been told by the dermatologist that it will grow back but not for at least 4 months after stopping the medication. My BP is genetic. Both sides of my family have heart disease. My weight is good and my cholesterol is perfect. I need a med that will not let my hair fall out. Personally I'd rather have the heart attack than be bald.

Did you find any help?? I'm going through the same thing.

I also have see through hair now. I was a redhead with such thick hair, Now it's going fast!! I have changed and tried everything out there for BP. I'm at a loss. I see everyone writing saying the same thing. My Dr. doesn't even seem to know what to do. He keeps switching me. Is there something natural we could take?? I keep seeing all the questions from everyone, and noooo answers.

Please someone let all of us know that have this problem. My next step will have to be a wig. But I don't see any that look real enough. I even went and tried some on. It seems to be all I think about lately. Thanks, Kathy

I am a 39 year old nurse who is experiencing drastic hair loss. I started taking atenolol about 4 months ago and one month after starting the med I started slowly losing my hair. I am sometimes afraid to brush my hair for fear that it will ALL come out. It comes out soooo easily. I found myself running my hands through it throughout the day and I always end up with 4-10 hairs attached to my fingers. It sickens me and I worry daily about it. I'm sure that the constant worry also attributes to even more hair loss. I have spoken with the doctors that I work with and their only advice is to start exercising and try to get off of the BP meds altogether. I am going to try and take that advice because my biggest fear is losing my hair.

Started taking Lisinopril 10 mg. 6 mo. ago. after t.i.a. Then MD added Toprol XL. My hair is falling out - so thin now I can see my scalp, especially in front. I already insisted he take me off Toprol XL because of weight gain but then he increased Lisinopril to 20 mg. Got to get off of this asap or I will be bald!

After reading other comments, I too have had joint pains, areas on my body where it is just painful to touch, fluid retention in legs and ankles, puffy eyelids,fatigue -- fall asleep sitting up during the day and at night have difficulty falling asleep! I will check out the meds; someone posted that are not supposed to have these side effects.... micardis; verapamil... I wouldn't be sure they are any different but will take a look.

I have been taking Toprol XL 100mg daily for about 4 years now for high blood pressure. Within the last year I've noticed that my hair is thinning on top. I also feel very tired and weak all of the time, and I cannot have an orgasm. I have an appointment this week with the cardiologist that prescribed this medication initially. I am going to be very strong and tell him that I cannot continue on a medication with this many side effects. Doctors do not like to admit that medications have side effects and will try to make us think that something else is causing the side effects. He will probably be more sympathetic to the sexual side effect than with the hair loss and no energy.

I have been taking BP Ace Inhibitors for several years as well as Wellbutrin XL. My hair was gradually thinning and after the death of a family member, it went into hyper-shed until it was almost gone. I went to the dematologist and she prescribed a shampoo with ketoconazole. I am still taking the same BP medicines and my hair is slowly coming back.

I am thankful to find this site. I honestly thought I was being paranoid about atenolol -- It did a great job of decreasing my blood pressure but it made me feel miserable. I immediately gained weight and had trouble sleeping. But the very worst symptom is the hair loss. I am so upset about this. It's not just some vain thing -- it is absolutely bizarre how quickly my hair has thinned. I am praying it will grow back. Please!?!

Hi, I know the feeling. My once thick hair is going, going, going. I have tried everything. Nothing helps. It's still going and going and going. I remember always wishing I had thinner hair, before all this started. I said to my Dr. I guess we have to be careful what we wish for.

I'm sure a wig will be in my future. I complain all the time to my family. I finally stopped. They really don't understand. I don't think anyone does unless it is happening to you. Good luck!! If you hear of any meds. they say won't thin hair let me know. I have tried about 6 different types of BP meds. It all makes my hair fall out. Kathy

I've been taking atenolol for many many years, and my hair is thin - I never associated it with the blood pressure medicine, I've went to dermatologists and tried all kinds of hair products, nothing seemed to work. Fear of getting sick, I never stopped my meds, and my hair continues to be thin. It is not a good thing when a woman loses her glory.

I started taking Lisinopril in December and my hair started falling out in March. I have lost almost all the hair on my head, and also on my legs and arms. I stopped taking Lisinopril and was put on Micardis HCT one week ago, but it is causing terrible heartburn and leg cramps.

Thanks to each of you! I am not crazy - I first went on Triamterene-HCTZ - was so weak could not hardly walk - Added Potassium Cl ER and continued with cramps and thought I would have a heart attack. Then I went on Amiodipine Besylate and when went for check up a beta blocker was added - Metoprolol Succ Er. A few months ago I mentioned to my doctor that I was getting more facial hair but hormone test were in range.

In six weeks I was there telling him all my hair was falling out - Like many of you I can see light through my hair. It is very thin and happened in a short time - since 11/09- Like you I do not consider myself vain, but at 60 I would like to have a full head of hair even if I do have to color it.

My doctor suggested new shampoo, otc hair growth, not one time did he even mention (even though I asked) could the new meds be the problem. I am going to the heart doctor tomorrow - I will see what he has to say about it - maybe another opinion will be good. Thanks for speaking out - You have helped me so much.

I love the fact your answer was direct & to the point, very refreshing & very helpful.

Thank you.

I had a previous post on here with regards to hair loss on Metoprolol Tartrate. Doctors do not listen to us. They have this elite attitude that we are too dumb to know what is happening to our bodies. I was going to the MAYO CLINIC in Jacksonville, FL to a cardiologist because I was diagnosed with an aortic root aneurysm. I did not have high blood pressure but betas also slow down the thrust of blood out of the heart which would put less pressure on my aneurysm, so, I have to be on something for the rest of my life in hopes of this aneurysm not rupturing inside my body.

I mentioned to my doctor out there about my hair loss. He said he did not think that was the cause of my hair loss. SOUND FAMILIAR? This is the only MED I am on. I have always stayed pretty darn healthy by eating right and working out. He tried to imply it was something else or maybe he thought I was nuts and imagining my hair loss.

I have since moved to another state and read my records from this doc so I saw what he wrote about my so called hair loss. Funny thing after I got to my new state, the paperwork that comes with your prescription now states that HAIR LOSS is a side effect of Metoprolol. Surprise Surprise. I wish I were still in Florida so I could show this doc he was WRONG.

My new cardio doc has switched me to Bystolic. I still think I am losing hair but it is hard to gauge since my shower drain holes are much larger in my home whereas in my previous home the drain holes were smaller so I would see how much hair I was losing after each shampoo. THOSE OF YOU ON HERE WHO CAN CHANGE YOUR EATING HABITS AS WELL AS TAKING UP EXERCISING...PLEASE DO SO. Many people who have done this have gone off their BP meds. That would save your hair. Myself, I have to be on something for the duration of the rest of my life and I hate knowing that. But, I have no choice. PEOPLES PHARMACY....is there something else that is not a BETA that would control blood pressure?

This is maddening....first to have the medical community not believe what we say....then the hair loss. Like someone said, people really don't take an interest UNLESS it were them. Personally, I think it is what Beta's do to the circulation that causes the hair to fall out. Seems to me the blood is not circulating very well to the outer extremities, hence, the hair follicles are not as healthy not being nourished as much with the blood circulation being compromised. So, the hair weakens and falls out. I was HOPING that maybe it was an ingredient in Betas that caused hair loss.....but, I am not so sure now.

I wish the pharmaceutical companies would address our concerns and maybe explain to us what is GOING ON. It seems, also, funny to me that some people don't experience hair loss at all. I have posted on many sites but to no avail on this horrible side effect. Has anyone found an ANSWER???????? We have to keep each other informed.....Best wishes to all...


July 2,2010


Christine:


I just found this site. I read your comments, and I too am only on one medication, Diovan HCT. Like your doctor my doctor also did not attribute my hair loss to the medication. but I am going to confront him on that. I did not see the information that comes with the drug because when ordered. The medication just came but not accompanying information. I am starting to look for natural remedies to control BP. This may be helpful to all of us who are facing this problem. My sister is on a BP med and she has not said that she has had hair loss. I am going to get the name of her med. It may be the med or it may just be something else in her body.

I have probably been on every BP type medication for the last 30 years. Two(2) years ago, after having a very persistent COUGH, and having gone to my regular GP (who could not identify the cough with the "Ace Inhibitor" which HE prescribed); and EVERY different TYPE physician; as a last resort, I saw a Pulmonary Doctor. SHE just looked at my written history and said: "It's your BP medicine; there is nothing wrong with lungs, or your respiratory system."

I told my regular GP, who I have gone to for years & knew my history of everything INCLUDING the COUGH; & he put me on Atenelol & the COUGH stopped!! For the same past 2 years although the Atenelol has kept my BP in check, I have been losing handfuls of hair to the point that I became SO anxious & depressed that NOW I am taking antidepressants, anxiety meds, because LOSING ALL OF THIS THICK HEAD OF HAIR, HAVING JOINT PAIN, DIZZINESS, TROUBLE SLEEPING, "Duh" you name it; & after reading all of these posts; I am convinced that all of you precious women who have posted here & have shared your concerns & opinions will continue to pursue the answer to OUR BP dilemma!!

First of all; I have changed ALL of my physicians to FEMALES!! Women know Women better than men because they can identify with Women. Male doctors tend to look at our complaints & problems differently. My computer is my best friend. It's my "Go to person" when I need an answer. I don't care how long or how much I have to read, I am determined to stop putting up with all this Medical profession BULL!

RPS, I was just on the phone to a girlfriend before I came on here. All my friends want me to go places. I don't go because of this whole hair problem. I know all about the depression from it. It has changed a lot about who I used to be. I also had very thick hair! I have changed so many BP meds.

Nothing helped, it just keeps falling out. I guess it is lucky that my hair was so thick,or I wouldn't have any left. Good luck on your search. I have never found anything to make it stop. I think once you start taking the meds and it starts. It just doesn't stop after that. I have searched on line. My computer is also my best friend. Thanks for listening, Kathy Good Luck!!!

MANY of you posting on here who are on BP meds for high blood pressure only might be able to go off your meds with diet and exercise. Many people have and I wish I had the opportunity. Actually, I did not have high blood pressure (wore a cuff for 24 hrs.) but I do have an aneurysm on my aorta just a little bit away from where my aorta attaches to my heart. BP meds will slow down the thrust of the heart shooting blood out against my aorta, so, that is why I am on BYSTOLIC (use to be on Metoprolol 25 mg 2 X daily).

I will have to be on something for the rest of my life. I cannot escape Beta Blockers. But, I bet many of you can. Myself, like the rest of you posting on here HATE that I have lost almost a third of my hair. It consumes a lot of my time thinking about it. My hair does not look or feel healthy like it use to.

Like most of you my doctors did not believe me. From my previous posts you will read that. My cardio doc at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL where I use to live flat outright did not believe me. I have the papers. I am in a new state and the doctor here seem puzzled as well. Funny thing... the literature that comes with your prescription now states that Metroprolol can cause hair loss. The pharmaceutical companies know about all of this. But no one ever comes forward and discusses it with those of us SUFFERING.

Maybe we all should have saved our hair that falls out and sent it to the pharmaceutical companies in plastic baggies to make a POINT. So if any of you reading this are on these meds ONLY FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, please try with diet and exercise to lower your blood pressure so that hopefully someday your hair will all grow back and you won't have to suffer with this anymore and you won't have to take BP meds anymore.

I know what all of you are going through. I JUST WISH THE DOCTORS WOULD LISTEN TO US. We are not stupid nor are we imagining this. SOMEDAY, they will know. I wish the PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES would get on here and RESPOND to all of us. I won't hold my breath. I feel BAD for all of us. Take care everyone.....

I too was on Atenolol for many years(around 2003) and was having hair loss and terrible scalp itch. Saw dermatologists and Dr.s, no one told me it could be the Atenolol. I had to find out by going online in May 2010 and I stopped taking it. Since stopping it, the itching has stopped (that's how I realized it was caused by the Atenolol). However I have failed to keep a steady bp so I'm looking for something that will help w/o hair loss. I'm hopeful because I figure it a med will take your hair out, what else is it doing?

THIS IS FOR ALL FELLOW HAIR LOSS SUFFERERS on HERE>>>>>>I probably should not be posting this as I am sure it will JINX me. I had not had my hair cut since last Oct in the previous state I lived in (Florida). I now live in Oregon, so, I had to find a new hairdresser... but, my hair just doesn't look like it use to nor does it react to anything anymore as far as styling, so, I was in no hurry to get it cut.

WELL, this hairdresser I went to, of course, heard my whole story on hair loss and beta blockers. She proceeds to tell me that it appears I am getting in new hair... I had noticed on the top of my head short hairs. I thought it was from previous longer strands that had broken off. I have been so sick about this hair loss for so long that it is upsetting to me to even think about it. When I moved to this new state, my new Cardio doctor here switched me to BYSTOLIC. So, I did the switch last January.

Now, I have read where BYSTOLIC causes hair loss and I have also read where it does not. Who knows if my new hairdresser is right???? With my luck, probably not... but time will tell, I guess. WHO KNOWS...I had such nice thick hair before, I have forgotten what it was like. TOOK IT FOR GRANTED, I GUESS... But, this hairdresser adamantly said it appears I am getting new hair. OH LORD, I hope she is right... Living with my scary diagnosis is bad enough, let alone having hair loss from the meds. I HOPE THIS DOES NOT JINX me posting this.

My luck isn't that great.. I hope and pray she is right. So, for whatever it is worth, my FELLOW SUFFERERS, WHO I UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY, this is my latest update. Is there anyone posting on here that is on BYSTOLIC and is LOSING HAIR???? I hope not. THIS IS SO HARD TO LIVE WITH and then to try to get answers and help to no avail is SO HARD ON ALL OF US, I KNOW. I feel just as bad for the rest of you as I do myself.

WE DO NOT DESERVE THIS. NO one DOES. SO, IF ANY OF YOU CAN TRY TO CONTROL YOUR BP WITH DIET AND EXERCISE, PLEASE TRY. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR A SUCCESS STORY ON HERE. IT WOULD EVEN BE GREATER IF IT WERE ALL OF US. Please, everyone, get on here and keep us updated on things.

RPs...I am in FULL agreement with you on having only women docs... I wish all of mine were. Women docs are so much easier to talk to, to REALLY express yourself to, and they don't dismiss your concerns as nothing to worry about. My Cardio doc is a male... but he listens OK. He better, he is my neighbor... haha... Definitely go to a female doctor for female check-ups... I swear by them.

THERESA... keep us posted on what you find out and decide to do. I wish you well. Maybe, you can take what your sis is taking, but I have a sis on Metoprolol like I use to be on and she says her hair is fine. MADDENING, huh? Or, maybe my sis is losing her hair and she does not realize it... She wears it pretty short. GOOD LUCK TO YOU....

My hair has been thinning for many years. Last fall my medication was changed from one BP med to a beta blocker and Atenolol was added. Now my hair is REALLY falling out and I am almost bald on top. I am almost 54 and attributed it to genetics (my father and brothers are bald in the same areas) BUT my sister who has always had thick hair (like mine used to be) is noticing decreasing hair also. Also, my head itches horribly. I have tried a few shampoos but nothing helps. I was wondering if it could be my meds and now I know. I am calling my Dr. TODAY!

Hi,Im a healthy 52 year young male with hbp, been taking Bystolic for almost a year. BP ok now. My hair was already thinning some from heredity, but the Bystolic kicked it up a notch or three.

I am hoping to find an answer to lower my bp and preserve my locks. I remember reading that minoxodil (active ingredient in Rogaine) was once prescribed for hbp and it caused excess hair growth! That's the problem I need, excess hair growth! There must be an answer.

If you are genetically prone to hair loss, like I am, any medication that you take for a period of time can cause you to shed. My grandmother, God rest her soul, died at 84 and was almost bald. I didn't start losing my hair until around 52 but have lost almost half of it now that I am 58. Blood pressure meds, antidepressants, gout meds, it does not matter. Once it starts it can slow down but it starts again and again. It is like something triggers it and once the mechanism starts there is no stopping it.

I starter noticing my hair becoming dull and dry in 2007. That's when I started on Diovan HCT. Two years later, my hair starting falling out and I lost about one third of my hair. July 1, 2010 I stopped taking it and started taking Diovan without HCT after reading these comments. However, it is not keeping my BP low enough, but my hair is beginning to grow back and it is healthier already.

I have had hives from Norvasc. I took Micardis in the past and I think I will ask my doctor to let me try it again since hair loss is not listed as side effect. I also ask the doctor if BP medications could cause hair loss and he said that wasn't one of the side effects listed on their information. I am starting to walk and eat healthier. I am not overweight. Hypertension is hereditary in my family.

I'm interested in any solution anyone has to offer. I am thanking you in advance.

Margaret. First of all, MANY doctors for some ODD reason to me still don't know that BP meds can and do cause hair loss in MANY PEOPLE. Like I said in a previous post, my former doctor at Mayo Clinic did not believe that the Metoprolol tartrate that I was taking at the time was the cause of my hair loss. IT WAS THE ONLY MED I WAS ON... plus I had thick hair to start with. No hereditary hair loss in my family at all. After, I move to the state I live in presently, I picked up my prescription refill of Metoprolol and in the literature that came with my prescription DID STATE that Metoprolol CAN CAUSE HAIR LOSS. MANY doctors think women imagine a lot of things and it is ALL IN OUR HEADS.... My answer is: IT IS ON OUR HEADS. My doctor here switched me to BYSTOLIC. My hairdresser here seems to think I am getting in new hair.... I HOPE SHE IS RIGHT. But, when I dry my hair, there is a lot of hair on the bathroom floor. WHO KNOWS???

This is maddening. If your only diagnosis is HIGH BP, I would keep on exercising and eating right and continue to monitor your BP and see if it is changing. For many people trying this, IT HAS WORKED. I hope the same for you. I never did have high BP.... but, I have an aneurysm near my aortic root, so, I have to be on something for the rest of my life. I HAVE NO CHOICE... but, many on here I hope will change their lifestyles and try to lower their BP naturally. Just think.... if it works, many could go off their MEDS and their hair would grow back. I wish I had that choice... Do research on the internet and educate yourself as much as you can with regards to HIGH BP and diet and exercise. I WISH YOU THE BEST. KEEP US POSTED....YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!!!

I was on Diovan for a year. During that time I was itching like crazy but didn't realize it was my BP meds. At the same time my hair was thinning too. Still didn't make the connection. I tried everything - all kinds of shampoos and hypo-allergenic creams for the itching. I even took down my new headboard and changed the soap to wash my clothes. I just switched from Diovan to Tekturna - no more itching.

But my hair is still thinning AND I have a terrible cough. Just figured out - after trying inhaler; cough medicine for weeks that it HAS to be Tekturna. My hair is also getter even more thin. So I'm about to make an appointment with my cardiologist to see what he can do. I'm grateful to all of you for your info. on various BP meds you've used which keep your hair thinning. When I see the cardio I will know what NOT to take! Thanks.

Hi I am 81 and a former med nurse, I had A -fib and have been put on Metoprolol 50 mg 2 in the morning and 1 at night. I am losing my hair rapidly and it does matter to me, I had a beautiful head of hair and it is falling out and I can see my scalp more each day. I can't tell you how upset I am at this.

I have a woman doctor who told me sorry but you need to take this medicine, further calls on this hair loss she just doesn't seem to care and she just doesn't answer .I feel 150mg a day is over the limit to begin with, I have had fearful dreams waking up with screaming and odd sessions with sleep in the night, I am on Warfarin 2mg daily and another blood pressure medicine also-50mg Nifidedal.

I have had two strokes the last one 3 years ago and fortunately came out from them with minor fairly light damage. I have a brain aneurysm and had congenital heart surgery in 1956. In spite of this I am a well person, lots of things going for me but this hair loss is really doing me in, I am tempted to stop the medicine for BP but know it is a dangerous thing to do.

Why don't the drug makers and doctors listen. What can I do? It makes you feel so helpless and I too am going to get a wig, so I can go out the door not feeling like a freak.

Dorothy: Sorry to hear of your issues. All of us on here understand you COMPLETELY.... We just wish the medical and pharmaceutical "professions" would. Wow, you are on a lot of metoprolol.... but, then again, you have different health issues than I do and I am by no means medically trained in any way so WHAT DO I KNOW?........I no longer take Metoprolol, but, when I was I was only taking 25 mg. 2xdaily......That was enough to make me feel like a zombie at times.

I cannot imagine how you feel. Presently, I am on Bystolic....5mg. I have to be on something because I have an ascending aortic aneurysm. But, personally, I feel that all beta blockers will cause hair loss for most (not all) people. Still baffles me when people get on here and say that they are not suffering any hair loss. I wish that were me. I think that when you take these meds it slows down the flow of blood to the outer extremities therefore places like the top of your head don't get the blood flow and I think the hair follicles are compromised.

Most of my hair loss has been at the crown of my head. This is me, the layman, speaking here and I know that. BUT NEVER has a Physician or a Pharmaceutical Rep ever gotten on here and explained ANYTHING TO ANY OF US. They first have to believe that the meds they push on us are causing hair loss.....I DON'T THINK THEY DO.....Or if they do, the MONEY is far more important than the welfare of those of us who are on these meds......Drives me nuts.

The only thing we can do is BOMBARD the pharm. companies with our complaints......and see what kind of results we get. Most doctors won't believe you.....happened to me. Funny thing, now the paperwork that you get with your Metoprolol prescription does state that HAIR LOSS is possibly one of the side effects...LOOKS like someone knows.....Please take care of yourself and keep us posted.....Christine in Oregon

I am on atenolol for my sinus tachy and on aprovel (irbesartan) for my hypertension.. lately I am noticing that my hair had fallen so fast and getting thinner... this is really very irritating to find out... I am definite that this has been caused by beta blockers, can anyone tell me if irbesartan does caused hair loss as well?

CRIS.....I have seen myself on many websites stated that BETA BLOCKERS can cause hair loss. Also, saw that hypertension drugs cause the hair loss as well. Look up your particular med and it should tell you the side effects. Most docs won't believe you, but, WE on here all know different. Yes, it is very IRRITATING to find out the side effects of these meds. You take a med to correct one problem and ANOTHER one is created. Just cannot win......Do more research on your drug....There may be a site you can to to where people post on there as well their problems with your particular drug.......Sorry, about your hair loss. I know it is not much fun to live with. My hair has thinned out as well....mostly on the top....Christine

56 year old male, I've taken Lisinopril for BP for about two years and have noticed a change in the texture of my hair. I was recently put on Dexilant for a stomach ulcer and my hair started to fall out by the hand full. I eventually got off the Dexilant about 6 weeks ago yet my hair continues to fall out.

After taking ToprolXL and then metoprolol succinate for several years and losing lots of hair including almost one whole eyebrow I have stopped this medication. My thyroid is perfect without any med. now. Thank goodness. My hair has come in nice and thick - took about 6 months to see real improvement. I hope my eyebrow will come in soon, also. Good luck to anyone going through this. But, remember always check with your Dr. And, I always think it's good to get a second opinion.

I am 30 years old and was placed on BP meds after the birth of my first child last year. I started on Labetolol and then it was switched to Norvasc. Since the switch my hair has fallen out and I've had to cut it short. My hair stylist is trying everything to get it re-growing but nothing seems to work. Now the Dr. wants me to go on lisinopril, I don't know what to do maybe I will go back to the labetolol. Any Suggestions?

T.T. Ask your doctor about BYSTOLIC..... My doctor switched me from Metoprolol to Bystolic and I think the hair loss has slowed down considerably. Worth a mention...... Good luck and keep us posted..... Christine in Oregon

Hello All, Let me start by saying " I'm freaking out " I have been losing my eyelashes and my hair at a very rapid rate since my doctor put me on Lopressor for high blood pressure. I started with only 25mgs. per day but later got bumped up to 50 mgs. per day. This has been going on for at least 6 months.

Now I have hardly any eyelashes and you can see through my hair which once was very thick. Also something I noticed in the last 3 months was a lump in my throat, and it sounded like I was losing my voice. Now the lump and pain and the hoarseness seem to be gone. But my hair is still falling out at astonishing rates, and did I mention I have been a hairdresser for 17 yrs. Yes I have researched this and it could be thyroid, a goiter perhaps, I have never had my thyroid checked. I am 38, but my father has it and so does his mother. So chances are , I have a thyroid problem which most definitely has been the cause of my high blood pressure. But now what do I do if I have a thyroid problem and high blood pressure and the medications are making my hair fall out and eyelashes ? HELP.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: GET YOUR THYROID CHECKED. TREATING IT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER AND MIGHT HELP STOP THE HAIR LOSS. BE SURE TO DISCUSS THIS SIDE EFFECT WITH YOUR DOCTOR AND ASK IF ANOTHER MEDICATION WOULD BE SUITABLE FOR YOU TO TRY.

HEY JEN... sorry to hear of your hair loss.... I do know one thing that THYROID problems can cause hair loss.... Have you had all this checked out by your doctor? You sure need to do that. Do some research on the internet regarding THYROID problems and you will see about the symptoms of hair loss. Wouldn't it be great if your hair loss is due to THYROID problems? Sounds funny to say that, but, it could be taken care of with meds.... I sure hope that is your case... Please keep us posted... I wish you well. Christine.

Hi again. Well I went to see my cardiologist and he was none too keen on discussing my meds. He seems annoyed that I had the temerity to ask questions - after doing my own research. So he took me off everything - after telling me to lose weight and exercise. I expressed my concern about having a heart attack whilst doing his suggested weight loss/exercise but he pooh-poohed me.

Sure enough, after about 3 weeks my BP started to go up again. So went to see my Primary Care doc. He put me on Norvasc - the generic is Amlodipine Besylate - I'm on 2.5 mg. This seems to work pretty well for me. My hair loss has stopped. But after trying several drugs I've figured out that each of us is different and the drugs aren't geared for everyone. So you have to try different ones 'til you get one you can tolerate.

I hate being a guinea pig. And I don't think the drug companies get that hair loss is a big deal. I don't see it mentioned as a major side effect when I research different BP meds. Don't give up - change meds under doctor's care until you find one you can tolerate!

I have been on Propranolol 40mg twice a day for about 4 months, to lessen my migraines, which they have helped so much, but my hair is falling out, every time I wash it, there is so much of it falls out, it block's the plug hole, by the time I have blow dried it, the area around me is covered in hair, my daughter has to brush me down after as even I am covered it gets every where I go, even my friend say they find it after I have visited.

I have always had really thick strong hair, until starting taking the above pills, I spoke to my pharmacist today, asking if hair loss was a side effect from this drug she said she had never heard anybody else taking this medication complain of this side effect, which prompted me to do my own research, I am so glad I did, after reading all your messages I intend to go back to my GP next week, so will write on here again when I find out the results of my visit.

I remember telling my Cardiologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida that the Metoprolol I was on was causing me to lose my hair. He told me he did not think that is what was causing my hair to thin out. In other words, I did not know what I was talking about. You know the drill.

WELL.... we moved to a new state and when I went to pick up my prescription, on the paperwork/instructions that came with my prescription.... there in PRINT was hair loss as a possible side effect... I wish I were still in Florida so that I could have taken that paper work back in to the Cardiologist and put it right on his desk and wait for his reaction or statement.

My Cardiologist in my new state here switched me off Metoprolol on to BYSTOLIC. I do think my hair loss has slowed down significantly. I HOPE I AM RIGHT. I wish Doctors would listen as well as the Pharmaceutical companies. WE ALL CANNOT BE WRONG.....

Good news! I have been off my my meds for about a month and have noticed that the hair loss has all but stopped. I haven't noticed any new growth but will update if I do. My hair was so thick and long and if it weren't for that I believe I would be bald. It was just too devastating.

Christine,
I have been taking Bystolic for the past 8 months and the loss of hair is unbelievable! I was recently put on Lisinopril as well. I am going to do what ever it takes to get off of this stuff before I have nothing left. My question is once I go off the BP meds will the hair start to grow again? Please tell me it does.

I was on Toprol XL 50 mg. starting in 2003 after having a heart attack and one stent. I did not notice any hair loss for several years. My Toprol XL was substituted with Metoprolol Succinate Extended-release. I can't remember when I started on it, but over the last several months, my hair is starting to fall out.

It is getting thinner all the time. I started taking 5,000 biotin that you put under your tongue. I am noticing short hairs now and I believe it is new growth. I picked up two Metoprolol inserts today at the druggist (Succinate and Tartrate) - both say that there have been rare reports of alopecia.

I guess we are considered rare reports. I bet there are a lot of people out there losing hair that do not know it could be from the medicine. If anyone finds a BP medicine that doesn't say hair loss, I hope they will post. Has anyone ever used Micardis?

Been on inderal for 40 years, no hair thinning st all. Went on this at 20. Now I was switched to atenolol 25 mg. and my hair is thinning especially on top area. Also on diovan 160mg from my usual benicar 20mg.

With this switch I am feeling hopeless... using hair, skin and nail supplements and minoxidol for hair thinning. So if anyone wants to try inderal or benicar or both maybe it will work without problems. The only reason after soooo many years that I was taken off of theses was my BP went to 160/104. Now it is 126/72 but with a high price my crowning glory.

PF...Yes, from what I have read, your hair will grow back after you go off the meds that were causing it in the first place. Sorry, to hear the Bystolic was causing your hair loss. Lisinopril is another one that causes hair loss.... so, it seems you are getting a double dose. I was just as my hairdresser the other day. I had her give my head the once over and she said she could not see any sign of hair loss taking place.... It has been almost a year since my cardiologist (in a new state) switched me from Metoprolol to Bystolic.

Maybe, I still am, but at a MUCH LOWER pace. I hate the fact that I have to be on something for the rest of my life... I have an aneurysm on my aorta near the root. You guys out there that have high blood pressure, PLEASE, try and control it with DIET and EXERCISE. My husband did and does. I know there will always be those that have the genetics that will have high blood pressure no matter what. But, if there is a remote chance that you can control it yourself, then you would not have to be on these drugs and go through the nightmare of losing your hair anymore. Best wishes to you... keep us posted....

Carole.... when I moved to my present state approx. a year ago I picked up my Metoprolol tartrate from my Safeway pharmacy and in the insert, it stated that this drug has been know to cause hair loss.... the word RARE was not used.

At my pharmacy (Publix) in my previous state of Florida, the insert did not mention hair loss as a side effect. You would think all pharmacies would all have the same info on their inserts. Never have heard of BIOTIN..... We are not RARE REPORTS.... Most doctors don't believe us, plus like you said there are probably a LOT MORE OF US OUT THERE, but, are just now realizing what is happening. Never heard of Micardis but will do some research on it.... KEEP US POSTED on yourself. Good luck

Christine.... I just looked at the inserts. The Metoprolol Tartrate 1/09 insert says "rare." Metoprolol ER Succinate, insert says rare and is dated 5/09. The Toprol XL that I just picked up this afternoon has a date of 4/10 and no "rare" mentioned, only alopecia. Guess it isn't rare anymore.

I heard that Biotin is good for hair and nails, so I purchase some at a health food store. It has an orange flavor and is a little tablet that you put under your tongue to dissolve slowly. I have noticed some short hairs that seem to be coming in. Of course, I still have lots of hair coming out. I am going to ask my doctor about the Avapro or Micardis.

I found this online "Avapro and Hair Loss: An Overview - "There are several possible side effects for people taking Avapro (irbesartan). Hair loss, however, does not appear to be one of them. In clinical studies, hair loss was not reported as either a common or rare side effect of Avapro. However, hair loss has been reported as a rare side effect with other angiotensin II receptor blockers (the class of medicines that Avapro is part of)."

I think I read where a person was losing hair on Avapro. It could be that the person was taking another medicine in combination that caused the hair loss.

SPIRONOLACTONE is a medication that is used for hair loss, high blood pressure, slowing facial hair, and is a diuretic. I've lost so much weight after taking this drug for my BP. But i was taking it with a Dyazide HCTZ which was causing my hair to fall out. My pharmacist told me today that Dyazide HCTZ does cause hair loss. I am going to start just taking the spironolactone alone and see how my BP does. Good Luck Everyone!

I'm on Lisinopril and verapamil for blood pressure, Ive been on them for 5 years, I thought I was stressed out when I combed my hair and a lot of hair just come out, I was scared to death. I didn't know what was causing it, then I started thinking it has to be the blood pressure pills, so I got on here and I see that other people are having the same problem. Every one on here is right, because in my heart I do believe its the pills, and I don't care what the doctors tell you. My hair was fine until I had to take blood pressure pills.

I've tried almost every one of the med's you folks have mentioned. They ALL make my hair fall out! In addition, I've had joint pain, leg cramps, swelling of my lower legs and ankles, depression, and fall asleep sitting up ~~even in front of my computer monitor.

I can't concentrate and end up going to bed and sleeping 1/2 of the day. These medications have terrible side effects. I am now on only diuretics... Demedex plus Aldactone. I had quit the b.p. meds and my hair had started to grow back after about 3 months, but my b.p. went back up so I had to go back to taking something.

Now, my hair is falling out again and I looked up the diuretics and it said that Aldactone can also cause hair loss too! I would like to quit it but I had a t.i.a. a year ago so am afraid I could have a stroke if I don't keep taking the meds. I believe that ALL b.p. meds cause hair loss.

My M.D.'s reply to my complaint was that I still had more hair then he did.
Real empathetic! I think also that SOME people can take these meds and NOT have it effect their hair. I have a cousin who takes labetalol and she has had no hair loss! I took it and it immediately caused my hair to fall out. Sorry I cannot be more hopeful. Probably weight loss and exercise so you don't have to take any of these pills is the only answer!

Yes, you are so right. I overheard someone say the other day at the salon that high blood pressure meds cause hair loss. This is my first time hearing of it. I have been on Lisinopril for 2 years now, and I was wondering why my hair has broken off. It was long and healthy... I had to get it cut off because it was breaking and shedding so badly. And, it will not grow long anymore. I've been trying everything. Nothing will make it grow long again. It has thinned out too. There has to be something better the docs can prescribe for HBP patients.... This is unbelievable.

Wanda and NM.... this is for both of you. If there is any way you can control your BP with diet change and exercise... please do it. Sounds like whatever you take you will have hair loss. My sister and husband both are now controlling their BP with diet and exercise.... There will always be exceptions. Myself, I have to be on a beta blocker (Bystolic) because I have an ascending aortic aneurysm, so, I will have to be on something for the rest of my life. But, I know there are many who could go off their meds if they follow a good diet and exercise regimen.

I wish you both well in this. My hair breaks off and has thinned out on the crown area. I was on Metoprolol for 4 years and then I was switched to Bystolic which I think has slowed the thinning out. But, we are ALL different and react to meds differently..... GOOD LUCK and please keep us posted. We are all in this together.

Christine in Oregon

K. Travis, please do let us know how you do on SPIRONOLACTONE. That sounds like a possible answer to our problems, but there are a lot of side effects.

After reading ALL of the comments,I am glad to know that I am not CRAZY or ALONE. I am going to start watching other site about thinning hair to see if anyone has found a solution. Who ever does will become rich since this is such a problem and concern of many. Thank you.

Does anyone know about Enalapril ? I've been taking this drugs about 6 month and I can see what it does to my hair now .... I'm so depressed , I've been taking some other BP medicine for years and didn't know that it cause for hair loss. Why doctors didn't tell us, why ? Isn't illegal to do that ?

After suffering hair loss from using Metoprolol for the last year I was recently switched to Bystolic so was sorry to see on here that it also causes hair loss. Funny - because before the switch I showed my doctor literature that said all beta blockers caused hair loss. He didn't agree with me or the literature but did switch me. I am a type 2 diabetic taking insulin for the last ten years. The sugar is pretty well controlled and I don't seem to have any of the usual symptoms such as neuropathy.

After only one week on the Bystolic I am suffering with the pains and burning in my feet. Has anyone else had this problem and it is usually associated with Bystolic? I find it peculiar that I have never had this before starting the new medicine. I should also mention that my previous dose of Metoprolol was the highest I had ever seen on here and this was the dose at which I was started - 100 mg. twice daily. I also wonder if the foot pain is from going from such a huge dose of one beta blocker to 10 mg. of Bystolic.

Hi everyone, I have been on Atenolol 50mg for the past 6 years and I notice a small amount of hair loss but nothing made me associate it with my medication. About 3 months ago, I had to have the dose increased to 100mg and I have noticed a massive amount of hair loss, especially on the crown. I have had to have my long hair cut into a short bob but I'm really upset about seeing my scalp. I've never had thick hair so any type of hair loss is drastic for me.

I've noticed that when light is coming from above, my scalp shines and it's even more obvious. I always have a fringe but it's too thin now, there is not enough hair for a fringe. It's devastating. I feel very depressed about it as I don't know what the alternative is? I need the Atenolol for high blood pressure and an irregular heart beat. Can anyone offer an alternative suggestion? thanks.

It all makes sense to me now. In April 2009 I took early retirement, after working in an extremely stressful work environment and having my health really decline from it. Towards end Apr 2009, I stood up from couch to get a drink of water and after taking a few steps I felt very dizzy and felt as if my legs were "walking on a cloud", almost like an out of body experience (very hard to explain). Anyway, made it to kitchen and when I got back to couch, I was feeling very numb on entire right 1/2 side of body, from foot to top of head. I should have went to ER, but instead I went to bed, hoping that the next morning I'd be better.

VERY STUPID THING TO DO!!! Next a.m. I got up and still felt numb so I flew to the ER. They took me immediately in there and kept me 3 days. This is when they determined I "probably" had a t.i.a. (mini stroke), high blood pressure (over the top) and had type-II diabetes. So, I was put on 50 mg Metoprolol daily, given instructions on diabetes care, etc. Few years before this happened, my regular doc tried to put me on BP meds. I tried Norvasc and Ziac, which both didn't work for me. Norvasc gave me heart fluttering and Ziac broke me out in a rash about 20 minutes after taking it. I just flat out stopped taking it, but remember I was still working and completely stressed, so I attributed the HBP to that.

So, since about April 28th, 2009 I have been taking the Metaprolol daily. Starting about 4-6 months later, I noticed my once long and thick hair start thinning. When I was about 53 I went through a hair-thinning stage, but that was attributed to menopause and it finally worked itself out without meds (thank God). Anyway, now at 59 I honestly believe this HBP med is making me lose hair by leaps and bounds.

I noticed it mildly at first with just brushings, then came losing more at shampooing and strands of it just pulling out while working cream rinse through it. Then brushing it wet and strands coming out more and more. I thought, if it keeps this up, I'm gonna be bald. I don't have any family history of baldness or hair loss. (my grandmother died at approx. 89 y/o with full head of white hair) and my mom this past year at 92 the same).

Everyone has always said they cannot believe how thick my hair is. It was, and still is, my pride and joy, like everyone elses is, but I am getting very depressed about losing so much every day. I find it on the floor, the carpet when I vacuum, on the couch, strands of fallen out hair on my black coat, etc. We are talking strands, but when you find it everywhere, it is a scary thing!

I am not putting highlights in my hair anymore either (haven't done this in at least a year now). My scalp itches/burns, yet the dermatologist finds nothing wrong. Also, I have my vision checked regularly and it's okay, yet my eyelashes are thinning and I see at the base of them that they are extremely dry/flaky sometimes. I BELIEVE, AFTER READING EVERYONE'S STORIES, THAT THIS METOPROLOL SUC (TOPROL XR) GENERIC, IS TO BLAME.

I have also been trying to lose weight since the diabetes diagnosis, but how the heck are you supposed to lose it when the medicine you are given causes weight gain? We are all fighting a losing battle it seems. God help us.

Well, Judy, I think u just have to find the right meds. I tried 4 of them before I found one that seems to work. My hair has definitely thinned but its stopped shedding to the extent it did before. I too used to have really thick hair. So I keep trying to find something to help. The issue is that neither Docs nor Pharma seem to want to acknowledge or understand the serious issue hair loss presents - to both men and women. Good luck.

I've been on Toprol and lopressor for 7 years. Started it for my arrhythmia and atrial fib episodes and maintain it due to palpitations. From what I know the fact that beta blockers block the adrenaline receptors (or something like that) can indeed cause hair loss because the follicles aren't getting the stimulation and increased blood flow. It makes sense if you think about it. I still haven't found an answer. Maybe a calcium channel blocker as opposed to a beta blocker?

I was put on Tenoretic for borderline hypertension during the summer. Honestly, I think that it is the white coat effect. Anyway, I am not a medical person but have worked in the medical field at a high level. I am highly educated in my field and I have very good analytical skills.

When my hair started thinning I suspected the Tenoretic. Enough. Enough with the drugs. Apparently, thanks to the internet, including your information posted here, I nailed it. I am weaning myself off, have cut out all crap food, have given up the four days a week wine with dinner, and am walking twice a day. No, I don't have time for this walking or all the veggie chopping but I am not going to take drugs for the next 40 years.

I am going to say something that many people will not like... Doctors tend to be highly educated bullies. There are some good ones, maybe 20%. And yes, I utilize doctors but I NEVER rely solely on what one doctor tells me. If you knew how many mistakes they make neither would you. You are your own best advocate. I think that it annoys doctors that we have the internet to go to for questions.

My mother, in her nineties, had a minor health blip and they discovered an aneurysm. Of course they wanted to operate on this old woman. NO, NO, NO. She is fine. The surgery probably would have killed her.

When my father was 72 they wanted to implant a pacemaker. Just because. No good reason. No, no, no. He was healthy into his nineties, playing tennis and walking a mile everyday.

When my grandfather was 45 a doctor told him to get his affairs in order because he had cancer. He lived to 99, healthy until the end.

Doctors with healthy patients are poor.

Take care of yourself. Be your own advocate. Use doctors but educate yourself. When you find a good doctor stick like glue.

Folks, love your information. Thank you so much. Together we can make better decisions. And doctors that don't help and empathize with women that are losing their hair shouldn't be allowed to see patients. Shame on them!

I have been taking enalapril for my blood pressure, it's an ace inhibitor, I'm 49 and it's not effecting my hair at all, no side effects and it controls my bp, hope this helps.

John,

That is one of the few ace inhibitors I have not taken. All of the ones I had have caused that constant cough. Have you had any problems with coughing?

I have had thinning hair since I was 20 after having been on blood pressure meds (at that time Aldomet) since the age of 15. I had to switch to a short hair cut. Since then I have been put on Atenolol, Norvasc, Diovan, Enalapril and Amlopydine. I suspect the beta blocker is responsible for the fact that you can see more scalp than hair.

Even with the shortest punkiest cut, you see scalp and it is embarrassing. I now own a myriad of wigs. I cannot leave my house without it. This is my question. When women lose hair due to chemo, it is met with empathy. Somehow saying it's my blood pressure meds doesn't get the same reaction.

Do people not believe this is possible? I can't get used to wigs although I have purchased some cute pixie styles. Most people think I dyed my hair blonde from gray. I am now 62 years old so this is going on for forty years but was never as bad as since I started Atenolol.

I want to comment on Sue's post; I am also highly trained in a field that puts me working with doctors daily--I'm not a nurse--and Sue is 100% right. Doctors are just busy people like the rest of us, who do not in many cases stay current with the literature or research. Many, many of them are just plain lousy doctors, as in any field you have a few good ones, alot of mediocre ones and a few bad ones. You know, the bell curve. Most of us are gathered around the middle, with the few exceptions in the tails on either end! For the most part, they have been bought by pharmaceutical companies and their understanding of nutrition, exercise, etc. is paltry. They are not trained in these things. My experience watching them with my patients is that they throw pills at them because this is the easy thing to do, and is considered acceptable practice these days. Plus, they really don't care about your side effects unless they think they are life-threatening and may result in a malpractice suit. Trust me. I know of no doctors who actually research issues that patients bring to them. They are too busy, and too worried about lawsuits, so they do the "safe" thing which is rely on pharmaceuticals. Sue is right--do your OWN research--no one else will. I too have noticed tremendous hair loss since going on metoprolol succ (should be sucks!) ER. I thought it was genetics or stress, though my Mom has thick, gorgeous hair as do my brothers. So today, I know the problem after reading these posts. I was on atenolol for years and didn't have the problem to this degree. Think I will go back on it, unless we can isolate a bp med that doesn't cause hair loss. Take care!!

I have been taking Lisinopril for three weeks now, and majority of my eye lashes are gone... I thought it was my eyelash curler but stopped using it two days ago, and I am still losing them. :( I am going to Cancun this week with a new boyfriend and scheduled an eyelash extension tomorrow. I guess, I am going to have to cancel since their are No eyelashes to extend on... This has never happened to me. Any suggestions from anyone. Please Help!

My scalp is so obvious that I had to start investing in wigs. I have very little hair left. I have had high blood pressure since age 15 and am now 62. I'd rather wear wigs than have a stroke but I have an unusual attitude towards this. If I were bald from chemo I could accept the wigs and not be ashamed for having to wear them. But I'm guessing it's the bp meds (I am on Atenolol, Norvasc, Enalapril, Isosorbide and just went off Diovan temporarily). That is a lot of medication. Why do I and do any of you feel embarrassed to have hair loss from bp meds when I wouldn't think twice if it were from chemotherapy?

I loved your astute comments. Thank you.

I have been on metoprolol for 7 yrs. I noticed thinning after about a year I was taking 50 mgs 2 times daily for about 4 yrs then I was having palpitations so the Dr. upped it to 50mgs 3 times daily and that's when I really started to see the large amount of hair loss on the crown and the front of my head, so my hair dresser suggested hair fusions.

I had them put on and they really made a big difference. I had hair again not my own but it was hair and it looked really good. I'm not able to stop my medication but I am going to see if it can be changed. Just wanted to let some of the women out there know about hair fusions. I have them put on about every 4-5 months and they have color swatches to match your hair color for ordering the hair. It used to cost 50.00 to have them put on then I went to my own hairdresser to have her style. But I went on line and googled what are hair fusions they show you how it's done it's so simple I bought all the stuff and now my daughter does it for me and I save a lot of money. She did it better than the salon, hope this might help some of you. please let me know if it does.

After losing so much hair and not knowing why. I suspected the Atenolol since that was the only thing different thing in my life. Then I began reading everything I could find on Atenolol. Yep, it all fit. (Fatigue, insomnia, blurry vision, dizzy, dull headaches, hair loss, weight gain, memory loss, cold feet & numbness and leg aches) I decided to stop the Atenolol.

Friday I took 1/2 of the 100mg, then Saturday, Sunday and Monday I only took 1/4. Today nothing, BP on Friday was 190/151. Saturday 124/84. Sunday 115/81. Monday 190/141. This morning 147/88. I figure by tomorrow morning all of the Atenolol should be out of my system and I can begin Enalapril 10mg. I don't have medical insurance, so I'll keep everyone posted as to my own testing.

LAURA.... I was just wondering why you feel the need to wean off of one med before starting another? I don't know that much about it, but, when my doctor switched my Beta Blocker med he just had me start the new one the next day.... Please be careful and I hope it all works out for you.... keep us posted.....

The doctor in Mexico told me to completely stop taking the beta blocker before starting an ace inhibitor. So... that's what I did. Did you just change from a beta to a beta, or ace to an ace?

I wrote earlier that I have had to spend money on wigs to deal with my profound hair loss. When I got a sunburn last summer I went into shock; all you could see was a pink scalp between sparse white hairs. I have been gray for years and wore my hair in a cute spunky style to try to minimize the look of baldness. (have been on blood pressure meds for most of my life since age 15). But that sunburn threw me to shock. My doctor wouldn't change my meds but added; I am now on Atenolol, Norvasc, Diovan, Isosorbide and Amlopidine to try to keep my bp under control.

I think it is the Atenolol though from what I've been reading. I invested in some cute wigs but feel like a phony. Why when it's hair due to bp meds does it feel embarrassing but if it's from chemo, it seems easily accepted?

Laura....mine was Beta to Beta.....Metoprolol to Bystolic....Are the new meds working any better for you? Your pressure was sure changing, wasn't it? Good luck

Hi everyone I've just had my bp med changed to bystolc 10mg 1 x day. I was on metoprolol 50 mg. 3 x day for 7 yrs. I've lost most of my hair on the top of my head. I'll keep you informed if my hair starts to grow back. Has any one out there experienced a change of metoprolol to bystolic with results of your hair growing back ? Would you please leave a comment and I'll check back often. THANK YOU

I have been taking HCTZ for 4 years. I noticed my hair loss last year. I was blaming my sons dog for shedding... when in fact it was my hair. I am on 12.5 which I understand it to be a very low dose. I could probably come off the pill. Just took my pressure and it was 107/57... which I think is low. I thought it was hormonal so I sought the help of an endocrinologist... my test result .....grim...very low estrogen and testosterone.... so I am on both (bio identical cream and spray)to get my 62 year old body back to 26 he he..

Anyway.... I am seriously considering going off the pill because I know this is the reason for my hair loss... any comments are truly appreciated... I don't want to wear a wig....

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: ASK YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT A MEDICATION LESS LIKELY TO CAUSE HAIR LOSS, BUT DON'T JUST STOP TAKING YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE PILLS WITHOUT A PLAN TO CONTROL YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE.

I was switched from 100 mg. Metoprolol, twice daily, to 10 mg. Bystolic. I am now on 5 mg. Bystolic. Since on the Bystolic, which is now about four months I noticed that the hair loss has all but stopped. I have not, however, noticed any new growth and can see scalp when I look at my hair. I had the heaviest head of hair until I started on the Metoprolol.

I do notice that I am very fatigued on the Bystolic and have a great deal of leg cramps.

MARY.....hang in there....My doctor did the same switch on me....and my hair loss has all but just about stopped...The Metoprolol was causing my hair loss.....I was switched like you to Bystolic, 5 MG 16 months ago. Every time, I go to my hairdresser, I bring this up and she looks my scalp and hair over and always tells me it all looks fine and no thinning spots...

I tell her to look again....and she does....just to make sure.....She says my hair looks just fine....So I am assuming where it was thinning...that now has stopped and new growth has come in.....I remember seeing new short hairs coming in last year.....It is still relatively new for you.....Best person to ask is your hairdresser...

Keep us posted on whether or not Bystolic slows down or stops your hair loss....GOOD LUCK.....As far as fatigue goes....I was more tired on the Metoprolol.....but still don't feel like I did before EVER going on beta blockers. I have not gotten leg cramps at all....I hate having to take anything long term but I will have to be on Betas the rest of my life. I often wonder how good it is on the body long term.....any med for that matter.

The fatigue is not something I concentrate on; just accept that I have no energy and am more concerned about the hair. But it I reassuring to know that there is a reason for my being so tired all the time. Is Metropropol like Atenonlol a beta blocker? Thanks.

I'm glad to have come across this web site and will have to have a serious conversation with my physician. When I first started noticing hair loss, I asked him if it could be caused by the med (Lisinopril/HCTZ combo). He assured me that it wasn't and suggested that it was more likely due to styling habits. I take a multivitamin, biotin supplement but still have shedding that is really concerning me.

When I pointed this out to a new stylist, she said it was likely due to the BP med because she notices this with many clients who are on BP meds. I am also 49 and considered to be perimenopausal (still having regular menstrual cycles) so wonder if any of this is related to decreasing levels of estrogen. The more hair I see on my comb/brush the more frustrated I get because I know there has to be something out there that can reverse this thinning.

I will keep looking because I'm not just going to accept this. The Lisinopril is controlling my BP beautifully but I definitely don't like what it's doing to my hair.

Prad.... yes, it is your BP med that is causing your hair loss... Have you checked the literature info that comes with your prescription describing side effects to see if hair loss potential is listed? If you see that on the literature, then by all means take it to your physician and SHOW them. Or, look it up on the internet and print off what the side effects are and show it in PRINT to your physician.

It does not surprise me that your doctor did not agree with your assessment. I went through the SAME thing when I was living in Florida and went to Mayo Clinic... Doctor told me that it could not be the Beta Blocker..... I moved to another state and when I picked up my prescription there, THERE IN BLACK AND WHITE on the literature was HAIR LOSS listed as a possible side effect. Oh, how I wanted to go back to Mayo and show this to my former doctor and wait for a REPLY..... This all occurred while I was on Metoprolol.... my doctor in my new state switched my to Bystolic and for some reason.... my hair loss has stopped and my hair has thickened back up. That is MY CASE, but I have seen others claim that they think Bystolic is causing their hair loss. We are all each different.... So what works for me may not work for you. Keep us posted. I wish you the best. This is no fun to go through.

Thanks, Christine.

Just picked up a prescription refill for Lisinopril and decided to ask the pharmacist about hair loss as a side effect. She went to the computer and returned to the window to tell me that yes, it's listed as being a "rarely occurring" side effect (mind you my doctor said it couldn't be the meds making my hair come out).

I asked her why this wasn't listed on the enclosed literature and she said because it happens so rarely. I mentioned to her all of the women who have posted on this site and others saying they've experienced hair loss from using Lisinopril (so it's not a rare occurrence) and she had the audacity to say "you can't believe everything that's posted on the Internet".

I was absolutely livid. I told her I'm standing before you as one of those people who posted on the Internet so the complaints are real. I even very lightly pulled on my hair ends to show her how easily it sheds. She said again "you can't believe everything you read" and suggested that I consult with my doctor. What's going on?!?! It seems that pharmacists and doctors only know how to dispense pills and are absolutely oblivious or unsympathetic to patient's concerns once they're taking them.

Ladies, we will have to really dig in and find answers to this problem. I am not about to keep losing hair when I know there has to be a way to manage my blood pressure without going bald. I believe the key is knowing exactly how the BP meds work and how that contributes to hair loss. There may be a supplement of some kind that gives back to hair what the BP meds take away.

I don't think my hair is coming out as fast since I changed from Atenolol to Enalapril.

The pharmacist told me that hair loss is a rare side effect and can occur while "your body adjusts to the medication". It's been over a year and if my body hasn't adjusted by now, when will it? I've been scouring medical sites looking for answers but can find nothing short of changing BP medications.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: ASK YOUR DOCTOR WHETHER A DIFFERENT BLOOD PRESSURE PILL WOULD BE OK. BE SURE TO EXPLAIN THAT YOU HAVE HAD TROUBLE WITH HAIR LOSS ON THIS ONE.

reply to mary t from joleen

thank you mary for the reply. I too am going to see if I can cut the bystolic to 5 mg. I'm on 10 mg right now and it seems a lot better then when I was on the meteprolol. I also have a lot of fatigue and leg cramps w/ bystolic also cold feet and shortness of breath but over all I feel better w/ bystolic then the metropolol. Just wanted to tell you what I did for the leg cramps, and please don't laugh. I found this tip in the peoples pharmacy book. You take a bar of any kind of soap and put it under your sheets, when I feel a cramp coming I put my foot on the bar of soap and the cramp goes away. I thought this was just the craziest thing I ever heard of but I thought what can it hurt and tried it and it works for me, I've been doing it for about 3 wks now and it has worked every time.

Hope it works for you, can't hurt to try. It's only been a few wks on bystolic if I see any hair growth in the near future I'll let you all know.

I've been on Amlodipine Besylate for about 7 months. Had tried Diovan (was allergic - itched all over); Beta blocker (Tekturna - made me cough until I peed myself) and another BP drug that gave me severe headaches. With all of them my hair was falling out. It seems to have stopped or at least eased off. I am on 2.5 mg.

I had been prescribed over 100 mg of the others! The low dosage works well for me. This channel blocker is what works for my body. You really do have to try all different types (channel blockers, beta blockers, inhibitors, etc.) until you get it right... and get the dosage right too. Unfortunately, its the only way to find what works best for you.

That hair loss thing is something no one tells you nor do they seems to think it matters but then most of the docs are MEN... so not surprising.
Good luck and keep trying to find the right one for you.
Sheila

I have been reading this blog, and can identify with everything said here at 48. I have been taking a drug called AZOR 5-40. since Dec 2009 I had previously been on a drug for 10 years called lisinopril, it quit working, I had no problem with hair loss, with the lisinopril, but do with the Azor 5-40 I noticed my hair coming out, more and more, every week, it wasn't clumps, but after 10 days it equaled a good amount, after 6 months I told my doctor, and he said to cut the med in half, I did this and it seemed to slow the hair loss process down a bit, and still control the bp, but is still happening.

Also I want to add I have thyroid disease, and going through menopause, I realize all these things are contributing to my hair loss, I am just thankful I had the huge head of hair I did, its very thinned out now, I talked to a hair dresser, she said lets layer, and for me to change my bangs, also, a full body shampoo helps make my hair look fuller. I want to add to control my menopause symptoms. I take a herbal called black cohosh, its wonderful, I take my thyroid at the same time everyday, and get check ups. I think as I age there will be changes, and losing some of my hair is one of them, sad to say, I got hit by thyroid, menopause, and Blood pressure. I hope my case is a rare one, I wouldn't want to see any one go through, what I am dealing with.
Thank You

EXTREMELY INFORMATIVE SITE HERE.

EXCELLENT information--so very helpful to hear from so many women & men and to gain some hope & strength.

How very shameful that so very many doctors simply discount what these individuals (women!) are saying, especially with the PROOF STANDING IN FRONT OF THEM!
Sorry to say it, but there seems to be a huge overflow of arrogance in the doctoring business! And, also sad that we, as patients, are bright, thorough in our information-seeking, yet allow ourselves to be cowed/intimidated by physicians. A double dose of "Shame On You" to all those female physicians, who should have some empathy for the feelings and importance of our self images, and how devastating this problem is.

Just wanted to say "thank you" to all those who shared and that the sharing of their experiences are priceless to fellow sufferers.

Best regards to all of us out there seeking a better life "with or without chemistry!"

I started on Atenolol in 2007 at 28. Unfortunately, my blood pressure problems are hereditary and no amount of exercise or diet changes will fix it. Around 2009ish I noticed that I was losing more hair than was the norm and it has gotten progressively worse. Mostly I've noticed that when I pull my hair back, I have little patches where hair should be. It's gotten super thin. It's also changed in texture - it's constantly dry, very dull... basically feels like horse hair. I brought this to my doctor's attention last year and had every blood test run to determine cause but everything came back negative. I'm convinced it's the medicine.

I am 44, with young kids (9 and 10), and still have years left of school events, graduations, weddings to attend, and my hair is half gone. This is so sad that we have to go through this.

I can only dream of making it to 50 with some reasonable self esteem at this point.

Do not feel bad. I am dealing with the exact same thing. Thyroid since 18, HBP since 41 (no genetics, and I am fit and workout daily), and perimenopause. So I know what you are going through. It stinks to be hit by so much. I am going to try going off the BP meds and control with diet and exercise. I don't need the added stress of this hair loss or else the next stop is the psychiatrist's office to control an anxiety disorder LOL!

Nope. Lisinopril does also. I am on a very low dose (half a pill), and it is still falling out terribly. Sorry. I think all BP Meds do this. It's unavoidable. I am going the diet and exercise route now. Hoping to get it down. I am fit and workout daily. No genetics. I found that being on birth control caused the onset of mine. Wish I never encountered this health problem, and didn't have to be on this medicine. It's depressing!

I was using Topral for ten years with no problems. Then I developed a scalp disease called Lichen Planopilaris. This is a scarring alopecia. I had read that beta blockers could cause this so I switched to Micardis. After three months of using Micardis, my hair loss has increased to the point that I need a wig.

I am thinking about going back on the Topral, because I talked with a dermatologist that is researching Lichen Planopilaris and she doesn't think that Topral causes it. Right now I am not on anything, but I worry about my blood pressure. I am currently dieting (60 lbs) overweight and exercising. Hopefully, I will be able to control it without meds, but I worry since I was on meds for so long even if I lose weight, will my bp be under control. My hair is see through. I wish I had never switched to Micardis. And I went on Micardis because it did not list hair loss as a side affect.

Hi all. I have been on Lisinopril and HCTZ for quite a few years. I believe I was having hair loss for a long time but it was gradual and I did not notice it at first. I had very thick curly hair. I started to notice that I could not seem to do anything with my hair on top and blamed the cut and anything else I could think of. Then one day I realized that the problem was thinner hair.

I had a very busy and hectic job so it took a while for me to really take time to realize what was going on. I talked to my Dr. and was sent for thyroid and other tests. They were normal except for a small problem with hormones. That was taken care of so I though the hair loss would go away. No so.... Now when I run my hand through it I get a handful of hair. It is so thin on top I can't do anything with it and have very little left of my thick curly hair.

I am going back to the doctor to talk to him about the Lisinopril/HCTZ. I will have to find another med as my blood pressure really has to be under control or it will spike pretty quickly. Some of that is genetic as both my parents had high blood pressure. I do not care to admit that when it comes to my hair I am vain. It was always my best feature and I feel awful and depressed.

I know that sounds terrible but I can't help it. Am I the only woman in the world who can feel really bad and then get my hair done and it makes me feel so much better. So I guess a lot of my comment is about the fact that doctors do not realize how important it is to women to look their best and I don't think there is anything wrong with that. I refuse to feel guilty about wanting to feel good about myself. If I ever had to have Chemo or something that made me lose my hair I would wear a wig and wait for it to grow back.

With all of these BP meds you have to keep taking them so not sure what the answer is except to keep trying different ones until you find one that will work for you. AND GET DOCTORS TO BE A LITTLE MORE SYMPATHETIC TO THOSE OF US WHO HAVE THE PROBLEM. I actually had one doctor (unfortunately a younger woman doctor) tell me that it was part of aging and her words were that we just have to "suck it up". I don't have to tell you that I left there more depressed and angry than I have ever been. Going to try and get Dr. to change my meds to something else and give it a try. Good Luck to all of you.

I am with you 100% - I did not consider myself vain, I have other issues, and I have been able to move on - but this hair loss is a big thing as I told my Doctor. My heart doc was "get over it- happens to a lot of women." But I must say my OBGYN has been open to suggestions and has made referrals - He also continues to check my iron levels, thyroid, hormones, (they were low this time and he gave me meds) He even checked me for lupus.

To BV and anyone else having this problem, after trying different meds and reading everyone else's comments here and in other places, I have to believe there are no blood pressure lowering meds that don't cause hair loss. It must be connected -- artificially lowering blood pressure with drugs causes hair loss. I wish someone would research this, but the only people who seem to have the money are the drug companies who sell the meds.

A low carb diet has worked for me and many others at lowering blood pressure naturally. Please try it. There are lots of websites about it, some with audio podcasts and even videos, many with recipes. In the 4 months I've been eating this way, my hair hasn't started growing back very much, only a bit, but at least it isn't still falling out. I've lowered my meds to a bare minimum of a diuretic and my blood pressure is still dropping.

I really don't think there is any other way of solving this problem. I don't know if my hair will grow back, but I sure hope it does! I hope this helps someone.

I posted earlier that I had stopped Micardis after being on Topral for 10 years. I have changed my diet drastically. No gluten and no dairy. I found thru a naturopath that I am allergic to both. After cutting them out for about a month my bp continues to drop. I didn't tell my PCP that I had stopped yet, but at my next visit I will. She took my bp the other day and it was 129/72. Hopefully it will continue to drop and register around 110/70 like it use to. I am also exercising and have lost 24 pounds.

I am so happy to have found this website. I started taking metepropol in February of this year. I did notice after 3 months of taking this med my hair was starting to shed also this med gave me severe dizziness and I felt like a zombie. I talked to my doc and he switched me to benicar 20mg every other day. Let me say the hair shedding has not stopped!! I think that once you are on a bp med it doesn't seem to stop. I hope for everyone who is experiencing hair loss can find an alternative for treating high blood pressure without all of the miserable side effects!!!

What a relief to hear all the stories similar to mine. Ten years ago, I was diagnosed with HBP & put on Lisinopril 10mg & 2-3 weeks later, my hair, eyelashes, & eyebrows started falling out. Not only was I losing alarming amounts of hair, but the texture of the individual hairs became very fine & weak, breaking off halfway down my shoulder length head of hair, & my hair became extremely dry. I talked to my primary care doctor, a female, & also an endocrinologist, & 2 dermatologists & they all said it was due to getting older.

Really???!! Two or three weeks is how long it takes to get old? It has nothing to do with the medication? What a coincidence!! My primary doctor tried a few other meds to see if they didn't cause hair loss after I showed her proof that alopecia, hair loss, IS a side effect of Lisinopril. I had bad reactions to them & after trying several for a month, I still didn't stop losing hair. This justified her original opinion, but I told her it takes a minimum of 3 months for changes to show in hair growth, according to my dermatologist.

I researched for a long time, but never found an HBP drug that doesn't list hair loss as a side effect. I am slender, have exercised regularly for 25 years, don't smoke or drink, but have hereditary HBP. I tried just HCTZ but my BP skyrocketed. I now have only a few eyebrows left & have to draw them on, very few eyelashes, & I have only a third of my former thick, healthy, beautiful hair. It's very depressing & it sure is sad to had the medical experts tell you it's all in you're head, you're just getting old, & there is no alternative.

This is such an informative site - I am on lisinopril low dose (2.5) and want off. My hair has thinned significantly since being put on the pill about 3 years ago. In addition, I cannot keep a curl in my hair for nothing!! Rollers, gels, mousse, my hair goes straight - don't know whether it's lisinopril, plavix or lipitor. I'm off to check their sites to get some answers.

Hi everyone just wanted to get back to you and let you know that my bystolic was changed from 10mgs to 5mgs since around july 1st. I no longer have cold feet and hands, leg cramps and my hair has stopped falling out but I have not seen but a tiny bit of new growth so I guess the 5mgs have helped a lot. I still get palpitations but I can deal with it. I still feel very tired all the time, but no way will I up the mgs. I'm hoping that with time maybe some more hair will come back. I do take vitamins (b-complex, biotin, women's multi, vit d, magnesium, and folic acid ). I'll have my thyroid checked at my next visit, as I do have a lot of signs of thyroid. So over all the bystolic is muuuuuch better then the metoporol for me.

I've been on Lisinopril 10mg since March of 2010 and I was on Metoprolol since November of 2009 as well as Warfarin 5mg. I noticed some thinning and receding during the Metoprolol and Warfarin but I just chalked it up to age (nearing my 30's) Neither of my parents are bald. So less and less I believed as I started losing more and more.

Once I had been on Lisinopril about 4 months I noticed the other side of my head, which never was receding, starting thinning out faster than my very slow (8 years) barely receding hairline. In the last 8 months I have lost more hair than I have in eight years. It's impossible to be hereditary. IT IS THE MEDICATION. I hate this, I hate seeing through my hair, combing it and it still looking awful, It's very short now.

I am male, so my what are my options even, I guess my options are go bald and look terrible or die? what kind of terrible options are these, these drugs are awful and they don't make me feel 100% anyway, They just keep me from getting worse but never ever ever ever any better!

I'm a 53 year old male and up till a few years ago I had to get my barber to thin my hair. It was just too thick. Then five years ago I had a heart attack and my cardiologist put me on atenolol and a few other drugs like ramipril and aspirin. In the past few years my hair has been thinning considerably. My barber said that it's the terrible water we have here but I couldn't quite agree with that and I have no baldness nor thin hair in my genetics.

I've got a bit more arrhythmia than before so my cardiologist has suggested shifting me to sotalol rather than atenolol. I had never heard sotalol so began researching it and BINGO, found the connection between atenolol and hair loss. I can't say for certainty that atenolol is causing the thinning but nothing else makes sense and based on other experiences, I'd wager that it is the cause.

Felix,

I don't doubt for one minute that the beta blocker is the cause of your hair thinning. Like you I constantly had to have the hair salon thin my thick, wavy hair. It is no longer thick nor wavy. The article that I took to my doctor when I was begging to be taken off the beta blocker stated that all beta blockers are culprits. I have recently read that the diuretics can cause hair loss also and I am on one of those as well. I almost cry each morning when I wash my hair.

I have been taking atenolol for 2 years and have noticed drastic hair loss in the past 1.5 years. Thank goodness I started with really thick hair. It is the only medicine I take so there is nothing else to blame it on. I have checked with my doctor and told her before she prescribes a medicine (she mentioned lisinopril) but after research, it too causes hair loss. Can't rely on doctor to know everything - I'll have to research this.

Dear CO, yes RUN from Lisinopril. It only took three weeks for it to destroy my hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes. I just got a new doctor that actually understands and cares about my devastating hair loss due to blood pressure medicine. She put me on a strong diuretic instead of BP meds and today is the first day I've taken it. I'll keep you all posted on how my blood pressure is and if any hair starts to come back and regain the healthy texture it once had.

In all of the research I have been doing about blood pressure meds and hair loss I have found reference to the fact that diuretics are also guilty culprits. I have not had a problem with all meds - only the beta blockers.

Mary T, yes, I've read about diuretics causing hair loss too but since I'd taken them before for two years for another health issue years ago & they didn't cause me problems & I'd been on just lisinopril for three weeks in 2001 and I got the hair loss & still do, I guess it goes to show it's a crap shoot for anyone taking either one.

My new doctor also said beta blockers are the culprit. I went through several pill books & couldn't find one BP med that didn't list alopecia as a side effect. What's the name of the one you've found that's OK? If the diuretics don't work for me, I'd like to try that one. I can't believe with all the advanced technology we have, we're all doomed to going bald if we want to avoid death or strokes, etc. I pray that we all just keep trying to find the magic bullet customized for each of us to stay alive & with hair, lol.

Dear ct,
Thanks for the heads-up on Lisinopril. My doctor is putting me to back on Toprol, which I was taking back in 2007, and to have the diuretic as a separate pill (to take as needed). I am reading where the diuretics are guilty too, as Mary T commented to your post, so I'm going to try to stay away. BTW, my doctor had a different tone in her voice yesterday (more sympathetic), and I can tell she had done some checking about other medications and hair loss as a side effect.

I had no hair loss with Toprol, but the dosage is going to be higher than in 2007 (going to see if that's also a contributing factor). I'm going to try not to take the water pill and see if after 90 days I notice less hair loss. If I continue to lose, then I'll suck it up to pre-menopause.

Back to the Atenolol, I was first taking 50mg and got the diuretic added when I went to 100mg. I'd like to hear how the diuretic is working for you. Keep me posted. Friends and family don't understand or can't relate because it's not happening to them.

If doctors don't believe that their patient's hair loss is caused by their BP meds, then how does it get reported to the drug company? How many drugs have hair loss listed as 'RARE' but it really isn't rare, because feedback is never getting back to the drug companies?????

Not sure how the drug companies come to the conclusion that hair loss is "rare" as it is listed on the literature that you get with your prescription. It use to not be listed at all as a side effect.

I am wondering if more people were to e-mail the the particular drug companies that make their MEDS and let them know of their hair loss if the rare would be changed to a common side effect. Would they then tell us we were ALL imagining this?

There are quite a few of us out here. I would imagine there are a lot more as well. Just a thought...........

Christine - you're right, there are a lot of us out there. I have been losing my hair for about a year, and until last week didn't put 2 and 2 together. I can only imagine the countless others who haven't figured it out yet (that their BP med is causing their hair loss), or who haven't found a blog to post their concerns.

Hi, I have also had problems with B.P. meds Metropol made me loose my hair within days, my hair is very fine as it is, I am 48 year old female, I got switched to lisinoprol 20mg, well its been just over a year since I took any b.p. meds, just had my b.p. checked at docs it was 147/97 so he wants to put me on lisinoprol hctz 10/12.5, I'm not taking it, my hair is still in the recovery process after a year, its probably grown 3 inches and has gained a little thickness back, not saying much for having fine hair, I noticed new baby hair growing, sticks up everywhere but glad to see it, so yeah my hair is still recovering after a year without meds. I don't think it will ever be back to the way it was, and yes I agree with earlier peoples comments, these doctors have to know about these meds, and pharmaceutical companies need to do something about the compounds of these drugs, they think its a rare side effect, obviously not, we are just a bunch of guinea pigs they don't care its just money, money, money. I guess there's probably other side effects too, probably wont come out for a few more years and it will be too late for all of us that's taken them, I mean after a year and my hair still isn't growing, hmmmmm. What else is going on in our bodies. ?????

I was on Toprol XL for about 5 years - until I heard special on T.V. According to report and my druggist it can reverse itself after about 3 years. It can cause TMJ. I quit immediately. I also was on Metoprolol which I was told can cause hair loss. Yes, I lost A LOT OF HAIR. One eyebrow almost gone and will never have to pluck the other one again. My thyroid is fine and I am glad I'm not on either of these medicines anymore. I probably lost 1/2 of my hair. I'm happy to say after approximately 1 1/2 yrs. my hair is almost back to normal. It sure seemed like a long time before any hopeful progress. Good luck to anyone with this problem. After you quit this medicine just be patient as it does get better.

People's Pharmacy response: Don't quit metoprolol (Toprol) suddenly or without medical supervision! It can be dangerous to stop a beta-blocker suddenly, but your doctor can help you switch to a different blood pressure medicine.

I've been reading the comments and posts regarding hair loss and BP meds and I'm saddened to see that so many of us are suffering from the same problem.... with no apparent answers. I am actually considering a "comb over", since the hair on the top of my head has gotten so thin! Has anyone tried a product like Rogaine, for hair re-growth?

I guess the best I can do is shop for a wig. I always had fine hair, but a lot of it. Now I can see bald spots on the front/top of my head. It is embarrassing to go out in public like that.

Thinking back.... this is the same thing that happened to my mother and to my husband... and they were both on BP meds too. I am just sick that I didn't know about the possibility of hair loss sooner.

It's been a big help hearing what you all have to say....

I wanted to update everyone on my condition after being on just a diuretic, Dyazide, for three weeks. My BP is great! It's unbelievable but the condition of my hair has greatly improved!!! It only took three weeks for Lisinopril to screw up my hair, eyelashes, & eyebrows so maybe it's not so impossible. Hair growth, if any, won't show up for at least two months from now, but wow, what a difference in the way my hair feels & looks!

OK - here's the catch. Not everyone has the same reaction to meds, some have predispositions to HBP, & you have to consider the fact that I live a very healthy lifestyle, am a vegetarian & health nut, & exercise every day for about an hour, but the fact that my BP is now below 120/80 without BP meds is fantastic. I have hereditary HBP & I've finally found an answer to no BP meds. My previous doctor had tried a diuretic on me years ago but it was just HCTZ 25mg. Dyazide is a mixture of HCTZ & Triamterene, another kind of diuretic. I'm on the generic called Triam/HCTZ 37.5-25 by the Myla company, once a day.

I hope my hair grows back & I will continue to post updates. I pray this can be of help to someone on this site. My heart breaks & I know exactly how you feel when I read the pain that is caused by devastating hair loss. You're NOT vain to be so upset over losing hair. Older ladies like myself are especially hit hard because it ages us more quickly than we have to normally. We're already losing our beauty & this just accelerates it.

Rogaine worked great for me, but I developed an allergy to it. If you don't have allergy tendencies, go for it! And don't pay any attention to the Rogaine for Men or Women labels. My Mother's doctor told her that the one for men is stronger, and women can use it if the one for Women isn't working fast enough. She used the one for Men until she died -- with a full head of hair, even though she was still taking Lisinopril!

I am in the same boat as you. I have been taking Norvasc for 3 1/2 years now and just discovered that its the meds that have been taking my hair out. My mother and I were talking and she mentioned that Norvasc has been taking her hair out. I'm on the same medicine with the same problem. I came home, looked it up, and there it was. I didn't think it was the medicine because my doctor told me 3 years ago that hair loss was not a side effect. She lied! Because all BP meds take your hair out, I'm trying to figure out how I can start using natural remedies.

Has anyone tried any natural remedies and/or weight loss and was able to stop using BP meds?

What were the 2 other meds that you could take without losing your hair?

I am sick of the doctor telling me I am wrong.

My hairdresser told me to take Biotin - if there's a deficiency in this vitamin hair can become dry, brittle and fall out. My hair doesn't break off in the middle - it seems to be coming out at the roots. I have been taking Biotin for about a month now (I take what's recommended on the vitamin bottle) and have switched from Atenolol back to Metroprolol. I did a search on the internet for other vitamins and have just started taking more C. Keeping my fingers crossed.

CO,

One of the meds that caused my hair loss was Metoprolol. I have realized, after much research, that all betablockers have this as a side effect.

I hope the biotin helps restore your hair.

Have you ever seen the FDA's adverse event form for reporting side effects? It asks for all kinds of personal info, plus it is way too long. I wanted to report side effects and finally clicked out of it because it was too intrusive and too long I said forget it.... I imagine many people do that as well - if they even find the form for reporting. That's a problem as well.

People don't know how to report side effects or to whom. Don't think your doctor is filing it for you - that is NOT happening! Often times they barely believe you in the first place.

The side effects listed are usually based on what the clinical trials show before a drug is on the market. The true test comes later when regular people like you and me take the drugs and experience side effects. But - how is our voice heard? It's not...

Docs get their drug info from the drug reps. Pretty sad, but true. They know less than we do about the drugs we are taking. At least we are taking the time to do extensive research to see what we're putting into our bodies. I realize this may not be true of all doctors, but it's been my experience more often than not. We MUST be our own advocate.

Joy,

The last paragraph of your message is so true. What I find unfortunate is that even some pharmacists don't care to listen. When I was at the pharmacy changing my prescription I told the pharmacist that the beta blocker was causing hair loss. She looked at me like I was a loon and stated emphatically that she had never heard of such a thing. I then told her that she had better do a little research.

Just depends on who your pharmacist is... My former pharmacist in the state of Florida did research herself on Metropolol for me when I told her of my hair loss. Sure enough it does cause hair loss in some she informed me. This was after my Cardiologist informed me that the Metropolol could not be causing my hair loss.

Nothing was listed on the literature that came with my prescription. When I moved to Oregon, the literature that accompanied my prescription did state that it could be a side effect. Why is it so HARD for everyone to be on the SAME PAGE??? You just have to be persistent on your discussions with the medical profession and the pharmacists who doubt us. When you have something in PRINT....take it with you and show them......

I'm a 26yo female on Metoprolol to keep my going until I have heart surgery, the last thing I needed was to lose my hair. Never the less my hair is falling out and without the medication I may very well not make it to my operation. Yet even after repeated contact from my GP, the hospital specialist refuses to move my appointment up. Who new a bad heart would also make me bald!

Hey Everyone,
I hope this gets posted. My Mom is 74 years old, she is on Atacand for Blood Pressure, Toprol for heart palpitations and Biotin for Hair loss. She started losing hair by the handful about a year ago and a family member told her to try Biotin. So she started Biotin and the hair loss stopped. Now a year later she's having hair loss again and still taking the Biotin.

This morning she woke up and she told me her wrist near the hand was all dark red and she had not hit it on anything. I'm trying to find out if the Biotin, Atacand or the Toprol is causing her blood to thin?? If anyone knows or has experienced similar please respond to M.G. on this board and I will check it daily. Thanks for your help! M.G.

People's Pharmacy response: She should bring this to her doctor's attention. Very occasionally, Atacand might cause something similar, but she should not stop it on her own.

KM, I'm so sorry you're having to deal with these "senior" things at such a young age. From all I've heard and read, your hair usually comes back after about a year after stopping the BP med that was causing the hair loss. I really hope you get your heart in good shape and can get off the BP med afterwards. We all believe and understand about the reality of the BP med/hair loss your having, so just know that at least you have all our support when the doctors deny any connection.

Hi Ladies,
A couple of years ago, I was put on meds, because I developed high blood pressure after taking birth control for 3 months. About a year ago, my medicine was changed to Nifediac and Triamterene. I was also taking spironolactone for acne. Fast forward to now, I stopped taking the spironolactone about 2 months ago and my hair is so thin it is unbelievable! Until recently, I had not made the correlation between my hair loss and my meds. So I call my doctor and had him change my meds. He prescribe a med that is a non-beta blocker I think its call Amiloride hydrochloride.

Is there anyone out there, that has taken the same meds that I have and is experiencing hair loss too?

I was considering calling my dermatologist to see if there is anything that I can do.

Drug companies come to the conclusion that hair loss is a "rare" side effect during clinical trials. These clinical trials involve smaller groups of participants taking the meds during the trial period compared to the large number of us taking these meds for years.

All of these blood pressure medications are the same as far as I am concerned. They all have components that result in hair loss I've taken Norvasc, the mildest of BP medications, my doctor told me and that was the beginning of the thinning of my thick hair. Besides, it wasn't effective. I've tried others and discovered I am allergic to ACE Inhibitors and Beta Blockers, so that means I am very limited as to the classes of BP Meds I can actually take.

Now I am taking Clonidine. It brings my pressure down fast but has a shelf life of about a few hours, so I actually take it 3 times a day and now it's not effective AND more hair is coming out. I want to change medications but am deathly afraid that I will go through another round of hair loss and I cannot afford to lose one more strand.

I've had beautiful thick hair all of my life and now I'm turning 50 with stingy thin hair. Now I understand why my mother was so concerned about her hair when she was about my age. If she were alive, we could commiserate on our hair loss. (weak smile) I've started taking vitamins such as Folic Acid and Biotin and B12 in an effort to stimulate hair growth but it has only been a few weeks and I've yet to see results.

Lynn,

I know what you mean. I'll be 50 next year and did wonder if that played a role in my recent hair shedding although I haven't officially begun menopause (which does cause hair loss). I take Lisinopril/HCTZ and discovered that hair loss is a side effect of that med. You're right, it seems that a lot of BP meds cause hair loss. During my doctor visit last week, I asked the doctor if he would switch my med and he referred me to a dermatologist/hair loss specialist to determine the culprit. I had to insist to the point of tears to get him to take me seriously. I refuse to keep losing hair without knowing what's causing it. My appt. with the dermatologist is next week. I'll keep you posted.

Prad,

I was 49 & had already gone through menopause but still had a thick head of long hair that had pretty natural waves until I was put on Lisinopril/HCTZ 20/25. Within three weeks, half my hair fell out & broke off halfway down & most of my eyelashes & eyebrows fell out. After my primary care doctor said the meds don't cause hair loss, I went to an endocrinologist, hormone specialist, & after $300-$400 worth of tests, he said the hair loss wasn't due to anything but age & stress.

I told him it happened in three weeks & he just looked at me. Then, I went to my dermatologist & he said it was due to stress. Then, I went to a new dermatologist, a female, & she said it was due to getting older. Get ready for these responses & be prepared to try other medications to handle your BP.

It's possible one of them won't effect your hair as much. I've researched the BP meds & they ALL list alopecia, hair loss, as a side effect. Doctors just don't care & think all females are over-emotional, stressed out crazies that don't have their priorities straight. I was switched to diuretics, no more Lisinopril, almost three months ago & am waiting for any signs of hair to return after being on that stuff for 10 years. I wish you luck.

I had been on verapamil for years for BP. I suffered severe hair loss. I was then put on ExForge. My hair grew back. It was very costly as the insurance does not cover it. After trying different BP medications, I am now on Carvedilol, Lisinopril and HCTZ. Besides having all this hair loss, it doesn't seem to keep my blood pressure under control. I know the anxiety you all are feeling. If someone comes up with a wonder drug that insurance will cover, I would like to know about it. Also, Lisinopril has caused a constant dry cough.

I was a cardiac nurse for over 20 years so I know the importance of keeping my heart rate and blood pressure in good range--I would not be happy going bald and that was where I was headed with Norvasc. I can not take beta blockers with my asthma and I am allergic to lisinopril and micardis. My Dr is trying to work with me. I am on aldactone for diuretic but need stronger medicine for the BP. Don't know what to try next!! Trying to diet and increase activity.

As mentioned in my earlier comment, I did have my dermatologist visit last week and she doesn't feel it's the Lisinopril/HCTZ that's causing my hair loss. I started taking this med in 2005 and my hair didn't start shedding until around 2009.

My primary physician had recommended Rogaine and the dermatologist concurred but also recommended having a scalp biopsy to determine if there are underlying medical reasons for the hair loss. My recent lab work was very good so everything seems to be in order. When the dermatologist mentioned having to have stitches after the biopsy, I got rather nervous.

I took Lisinopril/HCTZ and it DID make my hair start falling out. Some people say it was the Lisinopril alone, and some say it is the HCTZ. If you do more research... you will find that BOTH, either separate or together will cause hair loss.
Also, once you start on Rogaine and you see hair starting to grow again, if you stop taking Rogaine, you will lose it again. Good Luck!

I am so glad I found this website. I had been on Topral XL and my doctor did not think it was controlling my BL very well so switched me to Amlodipine Besylate and Chlorthalidone. It does control my BP but I have noticed hair thinning and am ready to ditch the drugs. I have not seen anyone else here mention Amlpodipine and or Chlorthalidone. Has anyone else had this experience with these drugs. Thanks

Went on HCTZ - heavy hair loss. Stopped and hair came back beautifully. Year later, went on Lisinoprol - heavy hair loss and it caused a terrible cough. Switched to Diovan and still have some hair loss. Used to be very naturally curly - now lifeless, half straight and you can see my scalp. Tried Rogaine - after 3 weeks, it caused a white crusty scale on scalp. Does anyone care what we all are saying? Someone please, HELP, HELP, HELP.

I was started on a BP med a year and a half ago and I gained weight as well my hair started thinning/falling out and become dry and lifeless. I stopped taking the medication for awhile and my hair started growing back full and you couldn't see my thinning spots. Now I'm currently back on BP medication, Coversyl and Apo-Bisoprolol which I started 2 months ago and my hair started thinning again.

I've had to resort to snap in extensions and sometimes a wig. Before I was going to the gym to lower my BP, but my weight just either went up or down. I even cut out salt from my diet. Recently I have become very weak and now I have no motivation to do anything. I would like to start exercising again to lower my BP so I can stop the medication.

Being a 37yr old female that used to have long thick manageable hair to having none what so ever is very hard to cope with. I'm going to ask my doctor if there's any other BP medication that will not cause my hair to fall out. I will keep everyone posted if there is.

I just had an AHA moment, before I came to this website. I am 41 years old and have always had long thick beautiful wavy curly hair. I stand now with hair so thin at the crown and don't recognize myself, my hair, and have been saying how......why.......this happening to me? Hereditary, it's in your genes? As was told to me by many doctors.

However, both my parents have a head full of hair, so it can't be hereditary? Then I think about the blood pressure medication that I've been taking and thought about when my hair loss started, which was when i started taking maxzide. I called my pharmacist and asked what were the side effects of these pills ?
He said alopecoa, which is major hair loss, a side affect from Maxzide blood
Pressure pills.

I am so upset at myself for just now realizing that it has to be more going on than just, getting older and it may be hereditary as many doctors have told me. I am determined to weed myself off of taking medication for the rest of my life. The only way to beat this is to eat right, ie organic fruits, vegetables, exercise, lose weight. This worked for me in the past and I am determined to do this now.

The money is not in a cure it's in the treatment and the side effects. I will keep everyone posted.... We need a revolution to get our lives back naturally, and healthy. Our grandparents did it and lived long healthy lives by natural remedies.....

I was so glad to see your post. When I was around 42 years old, my doctor changed my bp medicine to antenolol. Like many of the ladies here I had very thick hair. Over the years I noticed my hair was much thinner. I was concerned and would ask about it. I got the standard answer you're getting old. I accepted that and went on with my life. Well, in 2010 I began to have problems holding on to potassium. My doctor was addressing the problem, but in January 2011 I moved to another state.

In March/11 my new doctor took over and changed my bp meds. That led to my bp going back up. So he put me back on antenolol and added aldactone to maintain my potassium level and said let's see what happens. The potassium level was corrected. Here's the weird thing while taking atenolol and aldactone my hair started started growing and getting thick again. However, my bp was not low enough for him so he increased the dosage on the antenolol and added another medication called "AMLODIPINE". My bp was perfect. I was happy. My hair was healthy and life was good. That is until November/11 when my hair started shedding like crazy. A couple of times I had big clumps. I was crushed and yes I cried.

What is the hell is going on? What happened? It's a terrible feeling to have this problem and not know what is causing it. This time I did think of the bp medicine as the culprit. I was fine until he added the amlodipine. I started looking into it and found this site. It's my bp medication and has been ever since I was put on atenolol. The atenolol by itself wasn't too bad. The bottom fell out when he added the amlodipine.

I plan to call my doctor on Monday and make an appt. Something has to be done about this. Doctors have got to start listening to women when we tell them bp medicine is having a very negative effect on our hair. Yes I want my bp to be normal, but at what cost? A bald head with tissue paper thin hair.

By the way, during my research I also found out why my hair was growing. It appears aldactone is used to treat hair loss. If he had not added the amlodipine I would have been back okay. To all women I'm ready to stand up and fight this. When a man has problem, doctors burn the midnight oil to correct it, such as the little pill viagra. I don't know if that's spelled correctly. I don't care. When women have issues we are laughed at and deemed crazy females.

I was on Toprol XL 50 mg. for a number of years and didn't notice any hair loss. Then I was switched to the generic Metropolol and after being on it for a while I noticed my hair started coming out. I have switched back to Toprol XL 50 mg. and I am taking
1 daily of 5,000 Biotin that I got at the health food store and I you can see some short hair re-growth. I am hoping that the change to the brand name and adding the biotin will help it not to come out too much in the future.

In my last post in early December, I mentioned that I started taking viamins E, biotin, and folic acid in an attempt to regrow my hair. My beautician suggested squeezing the oil out of the vitamin E capsules and rubbing the oil into my scalp where it is thinning at the crown and the temples. I use a pushpin to puncture the capsule. It's been a little over a month and I see a bit of hair fuzz at the temple but not at the top yet.

Best way to compliment sense of well being & fight side effects & hairloss is with healthy diet, moderate exercise, good rest & many natural Herbs...
Here's a list of what I take Garlic, Hawthorn Berries, Cinnamon, Ginger, Omega Fish Oil, Cod Liver, CoQ-10, Green Tea, Ginseng, Vitamins A, B, D, E
These herbs compliment the lowering of BP assist in energy and Hair & Nail Growth...
I would also add multi- minerals

@ victoria... I am on Amlopine Besylate for a year now. My once long thick hair is almost gone in the front. I had moved and my new doctor (who I love btw) put me on the Amlodipine (I was on Toprol for years, which didn't cause the same amount of hair loss, at least not at the time, however, after reading the above it might be that it just hadn't started) I found this website this morning: http://www.ehealthme.com/ds/amlodipine+besylate/hair+loss on it.

I had a conversation with my Dr. just last week about this (w/hormone and thyroid tests which I suspect I didn't really need) and her first comment was, "it could be the HBP meds"... she also said, if it is "the hair will grow back when you get off them"

Getting off the meds today 2/29/12. I think just not thinking about going bald will bring my blood pressure down a few points.

If anyone finds a hbp that doesn't cause hair loss please let us know!

Has anyone tried Minoxidil for Women in an effort to regrow hair? Has anyone had any success? I've been using it for a little over two weeks, but I understand it takes from 4 to 6 months to achieve noticeable results, so I'll have to be patient. Meanwhile I've discovered Snap On Hair Extensions and even Snap on Bangs. It's human hair. Imagine that. The hair extensions will give you some volume, particularly if you layer it. and it's not detectable. Most of my hair loss is at the crown of my head and at the temples. My bangs are practically non existent. Frankly, there's barely enough hair to snap on the bang, but after I blend the sides of the bang into my hair and place a headband (not the cloth kind) to hold it in place because I'm afraid it will slide, it looks like my hair. Well, at least I have some bangs now. Next, I will try using the snap on extensions when I wear my hair up in a ponytail to make it look thicker. Hopefully, in about 6 months my real hair would have grown out on sides and the crown.

Hi Lynn,

I've been using Minoxidil (Equate hair regrowth treatment) since the end of Jan. 2012 and I've not noticed any difference. My dermatologist (my internist referred me when I noticed a bald patch which turned out to be alopecia areata)says it can take up to 12 weeks to notice significant hair growth. It's been eight weeks since I started the minoxidil so we'll see what happens in the next four weeks.

Minoxidil worked great for me -- I grew lots of hair -- until I developed an allergy to it. My Mother uses it without any problems. In fact, her doctor told her that the women's version was too weak, and to just go ahead and use the men's for quicker results and thicker hair, so she does.

I'm on my second bottle of Minoxidil and I think I see a bit of peach fuzz. I don't know if it's wishful thinking or not. My cardiologist said she is considering placing me on the oral medication, but I fear growing unwanted hair. A mustache, I do not need. However, I can always take up shaving. At least, I'll have a head full of hair again.

Christine, I'm reading this page because of my own hair loss, esp. on top of my head in front... I am on Bystolic for BP.... sorry to discourage you, but I believe Bystolic causes hair loss as well.... my doctor had me on 2 BP medicines when I complained about hair loss and he took me off the other one, but the hair loss continues, I think I'm gonna look into the natural way of controlling blood pressure...this is ridiculous!!!!!

Personally I think Bystolic might be one of the worst culprits. Right up there with Metoprolol.

Lisinopril is a contender, for sure, for that title. I lost half my hair, all the strength and body left my hair & it all broke off halfway down the length, and most of my eyelashes & eyebrows fell out after being on only 10mg for three weeks. That was in 2001. Eleven years later, I got off it & am only on diuretics which have never affected any hair on me, & now after seven months, nothing has come back. I have to draw my eybrows on or I don't have any.

The right side of my hair is much thinner than the left & the condition of it is worse too. I'm afraid that unless it stops, I'll be bald on the right side. I've read that it can take a year for all that drug to leave your body & your hair to come back so at least there's still hope that in five months, I might have eyebrows again & at least stop losing more hair.

The Minoxidil is working. The hair on my temples is filling in and I no longer look bald. I now have more bangs and the huge bald spot in the crown is slowly shrinking. My dermatologist said I could bump up the dosage to the 5% solution for men. Since my hair is long, I know it will take perhaps two years to grow down my back and my dermatologist confirmed my estimate.

I expect to see some true thickening by December 2013. However, I am impressed by the modest results thus far. As for now, I am wearing some clip in extensions in the back of my hair when I wear it down and it seems to add some volume and it's not detectable. The hair is 100% human and I only need one track at the back and my hair looks like it did prior to the loss. I've read that you have to continue using the product or you'll lose the hair. Well, I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. Right now, I'm focused on growing the hair.

I have been on lisinopril (caused anaphylactic shock), diuretics (caused gout and didn't lower bp enough), beta blockers (massive hair loss and depression) and now calcium channel blockers, which are causing my gums to be so tender that I just bite right through the sides of them.... and, now I read that it also causes hair loss...there is not much left for me to try and minoxidil only produces peach fuzz....maybe I will go ahead and have a heart attack to get out of my misery (it is also not true that those on Chemotherapy fo not think twice about hair loss.... my sister had it and it was all she worried about, almost more than the cancer, but, obviously valued her life more) But, I have several conditions, many medication, etc and if this is the best I will feel, I am just not doing this.

I was taking metroprolol 50mg to control my BP. but it caused so much hair loss finally I stopped it 12months ago & started Ayurvedik Indian treatment for BP. But my hair loss has not stopped hair thinning & hair fall is continue. I had taken Metroprolol for about 2 yrs. give me some remedy on this. Tell me what shall I do to regrow hairs though I stopped taking betablockers?

I am so happy to find this site. I thought I was going crazy. Last October I started on Lisinopril for my hypertension and was having a little hair loss. No biggie, but I had the nagging dry cough from the Lisinopril. Per my doctor I switched to Lorsartan Potassium 3 months ago and after a couple of months my hair was falling out by the handfulls.

I have long curly hair and I have lost about 1/3 of my hair now. I went back to the doc and showed her last week. I switched to HCTZ, a diuretic, in hopes that it will stop the hair loss. We will see. My doctor, a female, suggested that I take prenatal vitamins to help with the hair loss. No I am not pregnant, but I remember when I was and my hair was growing like a weed. We will see in about a month if this helps with the hair loss.

I am also not washing my hair every day. I am waiting 4-5 days to wash it. I have wash and go hair, so I don't run the brush through it to create more hair loss. It is hot here so I where my hair up most of the time to cover the "thin" spots. I am also starting to ride my bike everyday in an attempt to bring down the bp.

Thank you ladies for all of your insight. It has been very helpful. Good luck to all of you.

Both Lisinopril and HCTZ caused major hair loss for me. After being one or the other for about 10 years, I finally got my BP under control and stopped taking everything a little over a year ago. My hair started growing back in about 3 months ago. Getting my BP under control took losing weight (eating very low carb), regular exercise, and learning to relax: I have to separate myself from what's going on, breathe deeply, and concentrate on relaxing my body and mind -- be in the Now, as Eckert Tolle puts it.

BFRG, I stopped taking Lisinopril 9 months ago & still haven't gotten my eyebrows or my lost hair, plus good condition of my hair, back. I've been told that it takes about a year. I was on it for 11 years & it only took 3 weeks after I started taking it to lose the eyebrows & hair. I had taken HCTZ before I had HBP & it never affected my hair so my doctor put me on it, Dyazide which is HCTZ & another diuretic, when I was taken off the Lisinopril 9 months ago. So, did it take about 9 months or 15 months to get your hair back? I'm already slender, exercise regularly, & live a very healthy lifestyle but need to de-stress a little, plus my HBP is genetic from both sides of my family so I might not have the option of getting rid of the diuretic.

It took about a year, but I can't be sure, since I had quit looking. All of a sudden I realized my bald spot wasn't bald anymore, and the rest of my hair seemed thicker. I just went to my beautician, and she confirmed it. It's coming in very slowly and gradually.

Thank you. That means I can still hope.

has anyone tried a natural supplement? I am beside my self please help.

Hi
I just read your post. Wondering if the change in meds stopped the hair loss. I'm taking propranolol for migraines and blood pressure, but ready to quit because I'm experiencing hair loss. I hope you can take the time to reply.
thanks so much,
bernadette

Not sure WHY everyone keeps thinking their Doctors know best. The Doctors ARE NOT the ones taking these pills, and they DO NOT know what really happens to people that do. It's only websites like this that people can compare and complain. But, does that mean the FDA or any Doctors are really going to listen? NO!

I've noticed rather severe hair loss since starting Lisinopril.

Well, Renee - what's the scoop on your hair regrowth? Hope to hear great news from you!

Hello Everyone, sorry to hear about the hair loss from these bp medications from HELL, I was taking corgard or generic (nadolol) for about 5 yrs 20 mg in the morning and 20 mg at night , total of 40 mg, I can say I never experienced any hair loss on that med. Unfortunately I needed something more to control my bp, I was put on 0.1 mg of clonidine about 3 months ago in addition to the corgard, and have noticed quite a bit of hair loss and thinning, now I'm taking 0.2 mg a day of the clonidine, and am scared to death of how much more I will lose, my bp was at 169/106 at one time, my doctor said I cannot get off them. But to those whose bp is not that high, I strongly think corgard (beta blocker) is not related to hair loss, If you want to ask your doctor and give it a try. This is just my experience. Good luck to all of you, I feel for you, this is horrible!

I am on losartan, hzt, and carevedilol and hair loss is great. Are there any BP meds that don't cause hair loss?

It doesn't seem like there are any beta blockers out there that won't cause this issue. I'm on a low dose of nadalol and have noticed a lot of hair loss too. I'm stopping today. Good luck ladies, I don't feel alone anymore but this sure does suck! My heart breaks for all of you and for myself :(

I'm 43 years of age and I too have the same condition on my scalp. I have been to the dermatologist and he once said that bp meds causes this condition. It want grow back but I am coming off meds.

I have been on Toprol XL 50mg. for 10 years now. Because of insurance changes, the pharmacies keep dispensing generic pills of this medication. After a while, they keep changing the generics to other generics of other companies. I have noticed in the last 6 months major hair loss. I talked to my Dr. about it, and he asked me if it bothered me....well, I am a woman so yes, it kind of bothers me--was he kidding?

Anyway, my Dr. switched me to the brand name version. He just wrote on my script--DAW--dispense as written, so no more generics. After a week, I noticed the hair loss slowed down. I have switched to Nioxin hair shampoo and conditioner for hair loss. Today when I washed my hair, I had a sinkful of hair. It is very depressing.

My hair has thinned tremendously. I'm really at a loss. I'm going to try to start exercising and eating more healthy, to see if that in any way improves my hair loss. I will keep you posted....

Due to a tragic car accident I required a four level cervical fusion. I developed a condition called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and Traumatic Narcolepsy. I have to take Clonidine HCL MG twice a day; even though I am thin; to control my heart rate. Without the Clonidine; my heart rate goes over 150 beats a minute.

My other medications are Xyrem for the narcolepsy; Premarin 1.25 MG; and the saving grace-Spironolactone 50 MG twice or three times a day. I also take a supplement called Viviscal, 5,000 units of Biotin and 5,000 units of D3.

In addition; I am careful to stay away from all Nsaids as they definitely cause hair loss. I am 59 years old. My hair dresser says that my hair has never been this thick. It is naturally fine and was oily. Now I can go several days with out having to wash it. Do try Spironolactone it is a miracle worker. As a patient advocate I did the research and as my Cardiologist is a woman; she listened and I hope she uses my cocktail on her other patients who experience hair loss.

Like many of you; I was first started on Metoprolol; and immediately suffered dramatic hair loss. I know that the patch version of Clonidine causes a worsening of hair loss so I told my Cardiologist I would not use it.

It took a year to get my hair back. It now grows so fast that I have to get it trimmed every six weeks.

So I have been on generic form of metoprolol succ for almost 3 years. The insurance decided to no longer cover generic. 2 weeks after the switch my hair is thinning a lot. I am scared anxious. I went to a dermatologist who said change in meds can cause this should go back to normal 3 months from taking the generic form I had been on... please help me anyone. Will this shedding last 3 months? Anything?

I have been on the meds a few months and I'm experiencing a lot of hair loss in the front of my head. The only thing I can attribute the loss to is the Losartan hctz 100/25. I'm going to ask the doctor to switch my prescription.

Have lost more hair since my doctor put me on Topral 100 I was on Topral 50. My concern is will my hair come back if I change to another med?

I don't know what you are putting in your hair but if you are using relaxers, you need to stop. Use henna to condition your hair and by all means go natural until you get your pressure under control.

Switching prescriptions does not help. I know a young man Hispanic man with beautiful hair, he is on medication and his hsir continues to be thick and beautiful. If you are using relaxers, STOP. Go natural until your hair returns. Use Henna to stop the hair loss and naturally condition your hair. Go to HennaSooq.com. You can also pull it up on the YouTube. Just stop using relaxers!

Any Lopressor thread WRT hair loss--I experienced same while on Lopressor. Switched to Losartan & I didn't experience that side effect again. Everyone's different, but I've heard hair loss w/Lopressor is m-u-c-h more common than w/Losartan. give it a try. hope this helped.
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Teri

After reading all these comments I am totally bewildered and depressed because I don't stand a chance of having any hair left. I am on Bystolic, Azor, clonidine,( 0.2 and a 0.1 ) chlorthalidone and Doxzosin for BP and Synthroid, also two shots of embrel each week for RA. Almost forgot also take Alprzolam for anxiety to help me sleep. I am seriously thinking about getting a wig but as someone stated I haven't seen any that looked natural. I think the only hope is praying for my hair loss to stop and be able to hold on to what little I have left. Each time my doctor tries cutting back on my meds. My BP has went up to 232/109 and the bottom number has been higher. My HBP also has caused me to have 3th stage kidney failure or either it is caused by the meds. I wish all of you the best.

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