Prescription drugs and medications play an important role in helping millions of patients maintain optimal health. However, some patients may require a medication that causes hair loss as part of their treatment. From minor thinning to severe hair loss, patients may notice that their hair does not grow as quickly as it once did, or they may notice larger clumps that fall out when brushing or in the shower. Fortunately, for most patients, hair loss and shedding no longer have to be permanent. Thanks to the incredible advances in hair restoration technology, techniques, and the expertise of Dr. Robert J. Dorin and Dr. Robert H. True, patients can now regrow their hair and restore their appearance. Our well-established practice has locations in New York, New Jersey, and Boston to best meet our patients' needs.
Why Do Medications Cause Hair to Fall Out?
The primary goal of a medication is to treat a patient’s overall health condition, but in same cases, patients may experience some of the unwanted side effects such as hair loss. While the medications are targeting one specific health issue, they can also disrupt the normal function of your hair follicles, which are responsible for hair growth. In the case that your hair follicles become disrupted or damaged, your body may send the natural growth of your hair into a resting phase called telogen effluvium, or a more severe condition, anagen effluvium.
Types of Medications That Cause Hair Loss
When most people think of hair loss as a side-effect of a medication, most will immediately think of chemotherapy and drugs used for cancer. While these often cause anagen effluvium, it is only one of the many types of drugs and medications that cause hair loss. Other commonly prescribed medications that can lead to hair loss include:
- Acne medications with vitamin A
- Birth control
- Blood thinners
- Cholesterol-lowering drugs
- Immune system suppressants
- High blood pressure medications
- Weight loss drugs
Our State-of-the-Art Hair Restoration Treatments
In the past, patients had a limited number of options for treating their hair loss. The options consisted primarily of wigs or unattractive hair plugs that did not result in a natural-looking solution. However, with the advances in techniques and technology, our doctors can safely and effectively extract healthy hairs from your head and transplant them to areas requiring an enhancement. This safe process allows your hair to begin growing naturally, requiring very little downtime and a relatively quick recovery period.
With the advances in techniques and technology, our doctors can safely and effectively extract healthy hairs and transplant them to the treatment area.
During a full evaluation, your doctor will closely examine your scalp, evaluate the health of remaining hair follicles, and tell you more about surgical follicular unit transplantation (FUT), follicular unit extraction (FUE), and non-surgical techniques offered at our practice.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you are concerned about your hair loss and would like to regain the fuller, thicker head of hair that you are accustomed to, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss your hair restoration options. To schedule a consultation, please contact us online or give us a call at (866) 629-0866.