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Medications May Contribute to Hair Loss

Medications May Contribute to Hair Loss
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Q. I am convinced that hormone replacement is contributing to my hair loss along with medications for cholesterol and blood pressure. Some of my friends are also complaining that their hair is thinning. One is on Prempro, another takes natural hormones and blood pressure medicine.

My doctor seems unconcerned but this is a real worry. Do you have a list of medicines that cause hair loss so I can ask for a drug that is not on the list?

A. Hundreds of medications can contribute to hair thinning or loss. You are right that hormones like Premarin and Prempro can trigger this problem. So can blood pressure pills like atenolol, metoprolol and verapamil. Some cholesterol-lowering drugs such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), lovastatin (Mevacor) and simvastatin (Zocor) have also been linked to hair loss. Our new Guide to Hair and Nail Care has a far more extensive list and some suggestions for battling baldness.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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