Great! One more thing to worry about. I had no idea beta blockers caused hair loss - I had enough of that after giving birth to my 2 children! I just started taking Metoprolol about 3 months ago and haven't noticed anything yet, but I'm on a pretty low dose - 25mg/day, I hope it stays this way.
Good luck to you.
Metoprolol was the drug that I was on that caused my hair to fall out. In 2 months on it I was losing my hair rapidly. I was atenolol before and the same thing happened, but more gradually. I was off of beta blockers for a year being being put back on metoprolol and during that year my hair quit falling out and thickened back up.
I am so glad to hear you hair thickened back up. How long were you on metoprolol? I just put it all together last night. I have noticed a dramatic loss over the past year. I can't believe it took me that long to figure it out. I am going on aldactone and taking prenatal vit...hopefully to help the process of thickening up my hair.
Most if not all beta blockers have the known side effect as Hair loss -thinning hair
pattern baldness - that they say will reverse, once off the meds !
however if you have to be on blood pressure med, check the side effects first !
as hair loss or thinning hair - may be listed as a side effect .
I am on verapamil now - still have thinning hair - there is no history of baldness in my whole family (both sides) My Doctor tells me , Hey being Bald is in style now!!
I ask is being fat or having a big belly in style too ? as rapid waight gain is another known side effect of most b.p meds . so we may end up as an american bald eagle
with a fat belly !
hard to imagine such side effects can happen. next we will grow monkey tails
or talk backwords .. im still looking for a medication for b.p that has no side effects !
Hi. Well great. I never realized the beta blockers thinned out your hair too. : - l
I've taken Lopressor (Metoprolol 50mg/day ) for ~ 5 years now. My hair over the last 5 years has thined out. I chalked it up as my body just being under stress, and never put the two together. I'm also taking Levothyroxine (for thyroid) now and have been noticing a little more again. Hoping it will stop soon as everything levels out. I've been told that vit. E helps. Don't know for sure. I have a small bare spot on the back of my head but, I have long hair that somewhat hides it for now. : -)
Toby45 thank you , I can understand your feelings. its hard to smile when we have to suffer so much with meds and all.
Me967 : there are some Natural hair thickners on the market - that do work well..
I myself have thinning hair , its the worst , when I get my hair wet ! I dont like it at all.
however - in 99% cases if your taken off a beta blocker or ccb most times your hair will return to normal in about 6 to 8 months. it grows back (they say)
I do remember Ronco had a head Paint ! spray can of instant Hair paint .. back in the 80s.. it was on tv.. they showed a older man with frier tuck or horse shoe haircutt ..
he sprayed his head , and covered the bald spots up .. look good on tv ?
for me, I really think its wrong of all makers of medications worldwide , to put out such
rotten stuff.. its mostly the fillers that get you .. in the pills - as there is only about 2%
or less of the medication in each pill you take .. depending on doseage.
most of this stuff should not be allowed on the market for use.. I would bet 10 to 1
that the pill makers can , make a medication without any side effects !
or at least have few side effects. Hate to say it - its all money !
so I like meny are behind a 8 ball - your dammed if you do and your dammed if you dont ..
I guess I should next get a can of turtle wax , and exta exta large hanging shirt !
to cover my belly - thanks to the meds.
I personally like the Ronco idea of instant hair paint. I also get what you say about getting your hair wet. If it were'nt for the hair hanging down it would look painted anyhow. LOL. That's just too funny; in a crazy like mannor. LOL
Well I have no choice and have to stay on the heart and thyroid meds. They seem to make your hair go flat. So I guess the next step is a perm. Or hair paint. LOL.
I have been on verapamil for almost 3 years. I started losing (thinning) hair and had small almost bald spots (alopecia) as told to me by my dermatologist. In the last few months I started feeling VERY TIRED and didn't take the Verapamil daily, I was less tired, irritated and my hair is so much thicker now, my hairdresser asked how I did it. I really think that is was the Verapamil, that was the only meds I took on a regular basis. I was on iron for a while and that did help with the hair problem also, but my hair was thin, not patchy so much.
Kerlone has not caused hair loss for me. I am a 30 yr old female been on a variety of beta blockers since 2000 ... recently Kerlone was taken off the market so I was switched to Topral - which caused severe insomnia - and now to kerlone's generic, betaxolol, which is causing hair loss. Initally years back, I was on Nadalol, which caused hair loss/hair thinning for months before I fifgured it out and had my Dr switch me to Kerlone. I've been fine on Kerlone for years. Now that I cant take Kerlone anymore, and am having the same hair loss issues from the nadalol, I have decided I'm stopping taking these drugs altogether and weening off. Down to 1/8 pill of betaxolol / day. I am getting married this year and cannot deal with the hair loss side effect, which in my experience, no doctor has ever taken seriously.
After reading all these posts, I am losing hope that there is a beta blocker out there that one can take that does not cause one to loose hair. I am on Metoprolol 50mg daily since July of '05 since being diagnosed with an aortic root aneurysm. I am damned if I take betas and damned if I don't. I wonder what in the heck is in them that causes the hair loss? Or could it be that ones blood circulation somewhat slows in ones outer extremeties and therefore not a good blood supply gets to the roots of your hair. (just a layman thinking out loud). I cannot stop taking these monsters because of my diagnosis..I AM GOING NUTS WITH THIS. IT is a horrible feeling to watch your hair thinning out. THERE HAS TO BE SOMEONE WHO COULD HELP US ALL...This is so depressing to me. I wish some doctors would get on here with their suggestions....DOCTORS???? ANYONE????
This is depressing. I have been on Toprol for 7 years and have noticed a significant difference in my hair. I have finally asked my doctor to switch my medicine, but to another beta blocker. Does anyone know anything about Bystolic, I was told it is new but very good. Some of the side effects sound scary.
sorry to hear about your health problelm, I have an arrhythimia and it drives me crazy, I have had it for some time, Dr's dont seem to think it is anything to worry about but i hear of people dying from these things, I was put on tropol and i hated it, well it did help the arrhythimia's very much but in about a month i noticed after a shower one day that my hair as i was brushing it started to fall out more than normal, so i just kept an eye on it well both eyes this is my hair and it is thin any ways.
Well after about a month of watching it fall out more and more i told my Dr that and he said he has never heard of that, I told him i am not taking it anymore he wasnt upset or anything and my hair came back I am here because i am getting the palpatations again and they drive me nuts so i was thinking about another kind of beta blocker yet cant find one that dosent cause hair loss why?
I've been on Bystolic 10 mg a day for a few years and just this last 6 mos I've noticed a dramatic hair loss. I take hair vitamins and all that, no change noticed. Before that I was on Atenolol 50 mg and Toprolol 100 mg a day. I have been on beta blockers for 15 years for PSVT's..maybe I will consider an oblation (ablation).
I was on a beta blocker called Nebovil for about a year and most of my hair feel out. I had a big, thick head of long beautiful hair. I went to see a cardiologist and she took me off the beta blocker and put me on verapamil. My hair is growing back but slowly and it worries me that hair loss is also a side effect of verapamil. Does anyone know about this?
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