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Medication & Drugs that Cause Hair Loss

Definition of drug-induced hair loss

Doctors prescribe medications to treat certain medical illnesses. Often, the introduction of a new medicine can result in drug induced hair loss. Not only is managing symptoms associated with the disease a tedious process, but the side effects from medications that cause hair loss warrant another layer of analysis.

In some cases, the medication is necessary to help you treat a life-threatening illness. In contrast, you may be able to switch from drugs that cause hair loss to alleviate the associated hair loss. If you’ve recently started taking a new medication and have noticed excessive hair shedding upwards for 200+ strands a day, it’s a good idea to discuss your options with your health care team.

What medications causes hair loss?

The most common medications that cause hair loss in females are:

● Chemotherapy drugs
● Blood thinners or anti-clotting drugs
● Antibiotics
● Cholesterol drugs
● Birth Control
● Thyroid medications
● Steroids
● Blood pressure medicine including beta-blockers, diuretics, and ACE inhibitors
● Antidepressants and mood stabilizers
● Weight loss drugs
● Breast cancer medications
● Immune system suppressants
● Migraine medication
● Retinoids


Certain drugs can cause a reaction of hair loss, with the most immediate signs being excessive shedding or a change in the color or texture of your hair. Depending on the medication you are taking and the dosage, you may notice symptoms within 1-week to 2-4 months.


To diagnose hair loss, your doctor will look at your medical history, genetics, and overall health. If you suspect hair loss due to medication, evaluate any changes in your routine, and bring your concerns to your doctor. Did you start taking a new medicine, get on/off birth control, introduce a new supplement to your diet, or do anything different than the norm? Your doctor will diagnose the issue on how to stop hair loss due to medications based on these findings and provide the safest options or alternatives.


While certain medications are known to cause hair loss, drugs that cause hair loss in females won't be the same for all women, which makes prevention tricky. You won’t know what drugs cause hair loss until you start taking the medication. What you can do is be mindful of how your body reacts to the new drug. Work closely with your doctor to find the right medication, and if hair loss occurs, do not cease medication immediately as it can interfere with your health. Instead, consult with your doctor about transitioning to a different drug.

There may not be a medication alternative, in which case your life and livelihood are dependent on the medication you are on. If hair loss is unavoidable, consider the following treatment options to give you peace of mind and confidence during this difficult time.


Finding the right medication can be a discouraging and emotional process. Remember that the body is a complex and sophisticated machine, and although prescribed medications should help you, side effects can cause emotional and physical distress. The critical thing to keep at the forefront of your healing journey is that your health is the most vital issue at hand.

If you’re able to transition to a new medication to manage your medical illness, the natural hair growth cycle will resume. In the meantime, Daniel Alain has practical solutions to help you feel confident, empowered, and reclaim your self-esteem.

Managing hair loss is emotionally distressing, as is finding the right medication for your body. That’s why sometimes it helps to add a little assistance to your hair health with cosmetic solutions. Depending on where you are at in your hair loss journey, you can use a root boosting complex to add body and volume to your hair. If you’ve lost a significant amount of hair, a Topette or wig is a great temporary solution while your hair regrows.

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Jennifer Rose
Love my Follea Rene - and the amazing customer service!

I considered purchasing a wig for years as my hair became increasingly thin. I finally decided the time was right and I’m so thankful to have found Follea. I purchased the Rene 12 inch in Caramel Latte and I absolutely love it – both the color and style are perfect. Stylist consultant, Tracy Romo, was so incredibly supportive and knowledgeable -- she walked me through every step of the process. She assisted with measurements and answered all of my questions via video calls. I can’t say enough about the amazing customer service I experienced from beginning to end. Tracy guided me in the right direction every step of the way, even sending me helpful videos and styling tips. I honestly couldn’t be happier with my experience.

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M. Terese Weir
Easy Beauty!

My Follea Style (6-11) is in all honesty the most comfortable wig I've ever worn - and I hate anything on my head! This wig just... goes where it's supposed to, no pulling it this way or that, no realizing your doggone wig is crooked.. AFTER you walk in to work. This success is in no small part to the Fit Kit I was sent to make sure of my size. 😊

Also, to say the hair is beautiful gives beauty a bad name. The hair is stunning. (I wear color Latte.) My consultant, Ashley, virtually took my hand to guide me through the process of buying my wig. Her help was and still is invaluable.

My hairdresser is very comfortable styling wigs. She created just the right "style" for my Style. That said, even straight from the box, Follea rocks!

Reading your Follea experience warms our hearts, our goal and mission is to help women all over the world feel beautiful, confident and like their best self. Ashley is an amazing and knowlegable guide, that will continue to be with you on your hair journey!

We invite you to join our @Follea community on Instagram, to learn best practices for your new Follea.

Thank you very much!


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Kimberlee Bluhm
Wig #6

The ready to wear wig I received from Daniel Alain is beautiful. The packaging was so respectful of the wig. So impressed. I called with questions before purchasing and the staff was very kind and respectful as Loosing my hair was so unexpected and stressful. Thank you for wonderful customer service and a beautiful wig. So many compliments on how it makes me look. Thank you.

We are honored and so glad to hear you had a pleasant experience! Thank you or trusting us to help you during your hair-loss journey.

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I had an amazing experience with purchasing a wig with Follea.
I can’t say enough about Tracy and the VIP service I got from her. She was always there on the other side of the phone , no matter what day or time and help me every step of the way!
I have never had such great customer service in any of the other leading wig companies I bought wigs from. Hands down the best!
Thank you

Thank you very much for sharing - it means the world to know that you had an exceptional experience with Tracy.

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Patty McKenna
Amazing Personalized treatment

What a wonderful experience I had. Tracy was so sweet and kind and found me the perfect wig. Her patience and understanding when I couldn't decide exactly what I wanted , and finding me the perfect wig and answering all my crazy questions. I left with such a beautiful wig. Thank you again Tracy ♥️♥️

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so happy Tracy was able to assist you on your hair journey!

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Kim sissons
Tracy Romo is a life changer!

When you first go through your personal hair loss journey, you go through so many emotions and sometimes you get desperate. People like to take advantage of those searching for an answer. After making a very costly mistake, Tracy was a game changer for me! She was amazing, very knowledgeable and helped me understand what to look for, how to ensure I got the right size, face timed me to measure and ensure it was correct. I cannot say enough amazing things about Tracy, and my amazing Follea wig.

Kim, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience Daniel Alain. It warms our heart to hear to Tracy was such a positive impact. We would love to see your new hair debut, tag us on instagram @Follea.

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Style 10 Inch Color 5005 Macchiato (comes with a soft rooting)

This is my first wig but not my first attempt with alternative hair. Its been a journey and one I knew I wanted to take with Follea. I was not wrong. The hair is silky soft and beautifully shiny. The staff is great and wonderful to work with. Their online consultation process is just what I needed. I received sample caps to try on to determine which size is the right size for me. I received color swatches as well to make the color selection process was a breeze. It does make a difference to see to the colors in person, dont be afraid to ask for color swatches. To see them against the light or while your home is worth it. All this happened after the online consultation, which was simple and fun. The rep provided samples of everything, explained the differences with each one. This helped me make a decision on what was right for me. Getting the samples of the wig caps and color swatches was a fun part of the experience but it also made me feel good about my decisions. I often worry about getting the wrong size and color. Once I was set ( and yes I changed my mind a bit) we went forward with the order. After I received my wig and cut the lace, the team was still there to help me with any questions I had.

Overall a great online purchasing experience. Once I received my Follea, I instantly knew this was it for me. I loved it and I was confident to wear it out.

Feeling Myself and Happy with a beautiful Follea Style, 10", Irish Cream

There are no words to fully express how grateful I am for finding Follea and meeting Janet. Her kindness combined with a professional, yet so gentle, advice helped me to find my beautiful natural looking European hair. Janet patiently showed me different styles and sizes (my head is so small!). She has never pushed me to anything. Only offered support and help on the way to my decision, and eventually ordered (incredibly urgently) the right size. I wish all patients to meet someone like Janet on their way! Before I found Follea, I faced a few horrible pushy people who wanted to make money of my sensitive, fragile situation of suddenly losing hair.
Today, I can face the Universe with a smile, again. I am back to work and normal life, interacting with people, attending important business meetings. Letting my health recover in calm confident state.
Thank You to Follea and Janet. May the Blessing and Kindness come back to You Multiplied Million Times.
I am already thinking of ordering a second Follea Style (bit longer this time). Every girl needs a special occasion HAIR! I have found mine.

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erin graff
Looooove me some FOLLEA!!!

Girl I love my new wig!!!!!! I feel like Beyoncé wearing it, you can’t even tell that it’s a wig! My confidence is an all new high and I feel fierce. Thanks to Janet for making my hair dreams come true. Xoxoxo

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Heather L
Follea's Petite

Recently, I bought the Petite in Chai Latte blonde with a natural-looking darker root and customized my piece by adding a few wispy bangs. If you are like me and try to stretch the length of time between washes to prevent an itchy scalp and breakage, this little priceless gem is a quick four clips away from a good hair day.

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Diane B.
Great Customer Services

Great customer services! Received in a timely manner. Very happy with my topper, especially after I trimmed bangs and length to fix my own hair.

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