It’s vital to remember that medications prescribed for other conditions may cause or contribute to hair loss. Steroids, certain hormones, and other drug products have been known to have a negative effect when it comes to balding.
“Steroids” is one of a large class of organic compounds, which are known to enhance and accelerate muscle tissue growth. Anabolic steroids are probably the best known for their illegal use to enhance athletic prowess; however, these nutrients cause hair loss if the taker is at risk genetically because most steroids increase testesterone and consequently also DHT levels. Well-informed users will take a DHT reducer or blocker like Finasteride to prevent this and minimize hair loss while “juicing”.
Other steroidal substances that can also cause balding are whey-based nutritional supplements, DHEA, and Prednisone. Whey is routinely used in feeding dairy cows, making it a major contributor as people ingest cow meat and dairy products. DHEA, popular in health food stores for enhancing body mass and sugar metabolism, can also poosibly cause hair loss if used exxessively. Prednisone, a steroid used to treat medical problems such as arthritis and autoimmune diseases may increase hair loss.
Here is a rich source for identifying other medications you may be taking which cause hair loss. While this list is a rich resource, it is not totally inclusive. There may be other drugs that have the same effects that are not listed here and taking any of these medication doesn’t necceceraly cause hair loss even though the risk is present. Be sure to consult your health care provider to determine if there is a need or possibility of discontinuation, and always remember this guide is not intended as a replacement for professional medical advice. Always speak with your doctor before stopping or starting any type of medication. Note: capitalized names indicate brand names.
ACE inhibitors (anti-high blood pressure): Enalapril
Acne medications: isotretinion (Actuate)
Anti-arthritic drugs: Naproxen (Naprosyn), Methotrexate (Folex), Penicillamine, Sulindac (Clinoril)
Anti-cancer drugs: Bleomycin, Cyclophosphamide, Cytarabine, Dacarbazine, Dactinomycin, Daunorubicin, Doxorubicin, Etoposide, Fluorouracil (5-FU), Hydroxyurea, Ifosfamide, Mechlorethamine, Melphalen, Methotrexate, Mitomycin, Nitrosourea, Procarbazine, Thiotepa, Vinblastine, Vincristine
Anti-coagulant drugs: Heparin, Coumadin (Warfarin)
Anti-gout drugs: Cochicine, allopurinol (Lorpurin or Zyloprim)
Anti-depressants drugs: paroxetine (Paxil), fluoxetine hydrochloride (Prozac), and sertraline hydrochloride (Zoloft) Also, amphetamines, tricyclic class anti-depressants, and serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI’s). (Not to be confused with serotonin-norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitors (SNRI’s) such as Cymbalta. )
Anti-inflammatory drugs: naproxen (Naprox), indomethacine (Indochina), and naproxen (Naprosyn)
Anti-thyroid drugs: Iodine, Thiouracil, Thiocyanate Vodopa
Anti-Parkinsonian drugs: Levodopa
Anti-ulcer drugs: Cimetidine (Tagamet), Famotidine (Pepcid), Ranitidine (Zantac)
Beta-blocker drugs (Anti-high blood pressure): Metoprolol (Lopressor), Nadolol (Corgard), Propranolol (Inderal), Atenolol (Tenormin)
Bipolar drugs: Lithium
Birth-control drugs: Oral contraceptives (OCP)
Cholesterol-lowering drugs: Gemfibrozil (Lopid), Clofibrate (Atromis-S)
Heavy metal poisoning: Mercury, lead, thallium
Seizure medication: trimethadione (Triodone)
Vitamin A derivatives: Isoretinoin (Accutane), Etretinate (Tegison)
Others: Anabolic steroids (androgens), pesticides