Which statins do not cause hair loss?
The cholesterol-lowering drugs, aka “the Statins”. Only atorvastatin (Lipitor) and simvastatin (Zocor) have reported hair loss as an adverse effect, not the newer statin Crestor (rosuvastatin).
Many drugs prescribed for the heart, including the beta-blockers, which are also used to treat high blood pressure, and include:
- Tenormin (atenolol)
- Lopressor (metoprolol)
- Corgard (nadolol)
- Inderal and Inderal LA (propanolol)
- Blocadren (timolol)
- Anticoagulant medications such as heparin and warfarin have rare side effects of causing hair loss. Additionally, antihypertensive medications such as beta-blocker drugs (e.g. atenolol, metoprolol) and ACE inhibitors (e.g. perindopril, lisinopril) may also occasionally lead to hair loss in some patients.
- However, this can be seen in the less common chronic telogen effluvium, only after a significant amount of hair has already been lost. Most hair loss from medications is this type and causes include retinoids, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, antidepressants, and NSAIDS (including ibuprofen).
- Amphetamines are in general well-tolerated by the human body but may come with some side effects. With prolonged use and addiction, the side effects are much greater, including hair thinning and hair loss. In men, the hair loss from Adderall use may be more difficult to detect.
However, once you stop medication or excessive supplements, your hair should resume its normal growth. One other vitamin to pay attention to: vitamin D. Though studies are not conclusive, some research suggests that low levels of vitamin D and iron can cause thinning hair in women.
- The 5 Best Vitamins for Hair Growth (+3 Other Nutrients)
- Vitamin A. All cells need vitamin A for growth.
- B-Vitamins. One of the best known vitamins for hair growth is a B-vitamin called biotin.
- Vitamin C. Free radical damage can block growth and cause your hair to age.
- Vitamin D.
- Vitamin E.
- Let's take a look at the most common nutritional deficiencies that cause hair loss: Iron: Everyone knows that iron deficiency causes anemia; this is typically characterized by pale skin and fatigue, and a vulnerability to repeated infections. What most people don't know is that iron deficiency can also cause hair loss.
- Many hair loss treatments contain Vitamin A as it is thought to stimulate hair growth. The problem is that too much Vitamin A can have detrimental effects on both the hair and body. Excessive Vitamin A intake is commonly associated with sickness, dry skin, blurred vision and irritability.
Medicines to treat hair loss caused by heredity include:
- Minoxidil. Minoxidil (Rogaine) is available without a prescription. You spray or rub it into your scalp 2 times a day. It can be used by both men and women.
- Finasteride. Finasteride (Propecia) is available by prescription. It's a pill that you take once a day.
- The 5 Best Hair Growth Supplements
- Viviscal Extra Strength Hair Nutrient Tablets.
- Hairfinity Healthy Hair Vitamins Supplements.
- Natrol Biotin 10,000 mcg Maximum Strength Tablets.
- HairAnew (Unique Hair Growth Vitamins with Biotin)
- Biotin (High Potency) 5000mcg Per Veggie Softgel.
- The 5 Best Hair Growth Products for Women
- Pura d'or Hair Loss Prevention Premium Organic Shampoo.
- Ultrax Labs Hair Lush Caffeine Hair Loss Hair Growth Thickening Treatment Formula Serum.
- Ultrax Labs Hair Surge Caffeine Hair Loss Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo.
- Dermachange Hair Growth Shampoo and Conditioner Set.
- Virgin Hair Fertilizer By The Roots Naturelle.
- Read on.
- Remember that it can't grow overnight.
- And don't shampoo every time you shower.
- Do a cold-water rinse at the end of each shower.
- Apply an oil or mask treatment weekly.
- Consider trying hair-boosting supplements.
- Brush your hair like it's spun from gold.
- Ditch your cotton pillowcase.
Updated: 17th October 2019