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Dermatol Clin. 2013 Jan;31(1):67-73. doi: 10.1016/j.det.2012.08.002. Epub 2012 Sep 18.

Drugs and hair loss.

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Department of Medicine, St. Vincent's Hospital, University of Melbourne, Aikenhead Wing, 41 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria 3065, Australia.


Hair loss is a common complaint, both in men and women, and use of prescription medications is widespread. When there is a temporal association between the onset of hair loss and commencement of a medication, the medication is commonly thought to have caused the hair loss. However, hair loss and in particular telogen effluvium may occur in response to a number of triggers including fever, hemorrhage, severe illness, stress, and childbirth, and a thorough exclusion of these potential confounders is necessary before the hair loss can be blamed on the medication. Certain medications are known to cause hair loss by a variety of mechanisms including anagen arrest, telogen effluvium, or accentuation of androgenetic alopecia by androgens.

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