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Medication and Hair Loss: The Connection

Medication-Hair-LossWhen women begin to suffer from hair loss, one of their first thoughts is why. They want to know why their hair loss is occurring and if there is any possible way to reverse the process. While some hair loss can be reversed, other hair loss is permanent. One of the potential causes of their hair loss could be from medication. Different types of medication can cause changes in the texture and color along with hair loss, sometimes subtle and sometimes extreme. So how does this happen?

The first step to understanding how medication can cause hair loss is to understand how hair grows. There are two different phases when it comes to hair loss. The anagen phase of hair growth typically lasts up to six years and is when the growth of hair occurs. The telogen phase of hair growth typically lasts up to three months and is when the hair rests. At the end of this phase, the hair falls out of the scalp and is replaced.

The medication can then cause two different types of hair loss, one affecting each phase of hair growth. Telogen effluvium is the most commonly found hair loss due to medication. This causes the hair to fall out during the resting phase too soon. Anagen effluvium occurs when matrix cells cannot divide properly, preventing new hair growth from occurring.

So what medications can cause these types of hair loss?

  • Acne medication
  • Antidepressants
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Antibiotics
  • Weight loss medication
  • Steroids
  • Blood pressure medication


At Wigs and Hair Solutions, we help our clients with their hair loss. If you find yourself experiencing hair loss, call us to discuss options. We specialize in custom synthetic and human hair wigs, partial pieces, and toppers to cover any level of hair loss. Whether your hair loss is only temporary or a permanent occurrence, our stylists will be able to create the look you want with a high quality wig, topper, or partial piece.

To schedule an initial consultation with Wigs and Hair Solutions in Columbia, call us today at 410-720-8588. You can also visit us in the Medical Pavilion at Howard County.

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