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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.

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  1. Dorothea
    United States

    my medication is Metoprol myla Tar 100 mg tab

  2. marilyn15
    United States

    I also need help. I had very thick hair. It is thin strands now. I can count 15 strands on my clothes a day. I take40mg quinapril,7.5 meloxican, 75mg clopidogrel 37mg triamterene every other day 5mg amlodipine and 10mg of simvastatin I had a stroke 12 years ago and have high blood pressure.

  3. June
    Vineland, Ontario

    In December of 2014 I was put on many drugs including metropolol (a beta blocker) after triple heart by-pass surgery. I have lost half my hair and am devastated. My GP switched me to bystolic, but it has one of the ingredients that will still cause hair loss, but perhaps not to as great an extent. My health food store
    said that all beta blockers cause severe hair loss. Diet and exercise
    will not help. As long as anyone is on a beta blocker, the hair will
    continue to fall out. It will take approximately 3 months or more for hair to stop falling out, and then who knows how long before it starts to regrow. Hope this helps, and good luck to all.

  4. kathy

    I take 200mg of labetalol & lotrel 10/40. I haven’t had any hair loss, but, my cat scratched me and it bled for 2hrs 48min. normally, I don’t need a band aid after blood samples. now I need 4 paper towels to absorb the blood. Should I find a new doctor?? Mine thinks he’s my dictator.

  5. David

    I’m 62 and have been on Lopressor for over a year. In that time I have probably lost half of my hair. Fortunately I had a very thick head of hair. I stopped taking the Lopressor about month ago. Does anybody who has stopped taking their BP meds noticed that your eventually grew back? I am now exercising more and don’t seem to need the 25mg I was taking. Thanks,

  6. EJH

    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.

  7. Teri

    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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