At True & Dorin Medical Group, we commonly see patients who have suffered hair loss due to antidepressants and blood thinners, as well as other medications. The type of hair loss experienced when taking these types of medications is called telogen effluvium. It causes hair follicles to enter the resting stage, which is also called the telogen phase. In this stage, more hair is shed, leading to widespread hair loss that typically affects the entire scalp. Our doctors offer several different techniques to help patients who have experienced hair loss. During a consultation, Drs. Robert True and Robert Dorin can perform a detailed analysis in order to determine the best solution for your needs.
Antidepressants and Hair Loss
Antidepressants are not prescribed exclusively to treat depression. They are also commonly recommended for patients who have been diagnosed with a number of other conditions, including:
- Mood disorders
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Anxiety disorders
- Menopausal symptoms
- Chronic neuropathic pain
There are many different classes of antidepressants that work by altering the levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain that can affect a patient's mood. It is thought that these changes in the brain's chemistry can trigger hair follicles to enter the resting phase, resulting in thinning or lost hair. Almost all antidepressants list hair loss as a possible side effect.
Blood Thinners and Hair Loss
Blood thinners are typically prescribed to patients who are at an increased risk of developing blood clots. These anticoagulant medications are also commonly recommended for patients who have an irregular heart rhythm, pulmonary embolism, or for those who have undergone certain types of surgery.
At True & Dorin Medical Group, we pride ourselves on finding hair restoration solutions for patients who have experienced hair loss after taking certain medications.
Blood thinners work by preventing the formation of the body's natural clotting mechanism. There has not been much research into why these medications can result in hair loss, but they are thought to trigger the resting phase for follicles, leading to hair being pulled out more easily, and a thinning appearance.
Telogen effluvium typically affects the entire scalp, rather than being localized to just one area. While this type of hair loss does not typically result in complete balding, patients commonly see a thinning on the top of the scalp that is more noticeable than on the sides or the back of the head. Telogen effluvium is thought to be the second most common form of hair loss that medical professionals treat.
Schedule a Hair Restoration Consultation
At True & Dorin Medical Group, we pride ourselves on finding hair restoration solutions for patients who have experienced hair loss after taking medications such as blood thinners and antidepressants. If you would like to learn more about the techniques that we offer, please contact us online or call us at (866) 629-0866. With our help, you can restore a beautiful and natural-looking head of hair.