Which BP Meds Don't Cause Hair Loss?
- 23 Jun 2015 by EllaRS
- 17 days ago
- high blood pressure, lisinopril, losartan, blood pressure, blood, pressure, hair
A few months ago I started taking lisinopril hctz for high blood pressure. I began to notice a bit more hair loss than usual when I shampooed, but nothing significant. However, it gradually increased to huge handfuls, plus would fall out all day long. Research indicated that beta blockers and ACE inhibitors (Lisinopril) can cause hair loss, so my doctor prescribed Losartan-HCTZ 100-25 instead. I've only been on it a week and the shedding has increased so much! Come to find out that hair loss is a side effect of Losartan too!
My question: Which bp meds DON'T cause hair loss? Every article I've read says to switch to a med that isn't known to have this effect, but they fail to mention which ones they are!
I'm so upset! Always had long, super-thick hair (the kind people remarked on) and now it's thin and getting thinner by the moment. :(
I think your best bet is to go to your pharmacist and tell him/her about the drugs that failed you and ask for a recommendation for a different drug. Next would be your Dr. but I think you've already tried that.
This happened to me as well. I had nice thick hair, and then I had a severe blood pressure event and was put on several different blood pressure meds, as well as blood thinners. I had no idea at first what was causing the hair loss, and thought maybe my hospital stay and the IV drugs there had caused it. Then I started educating myself on all the drugs I am on, and found that most of them can cause hair loss. I'm stuck with thin hair if I want to stay alive. I figure at least it's not balding. It's just thinning all over. I can live with that. Literally. :)
I can tell you lisinopril and benicar haven't caused hair loss for me. But we're each unique and react differently to different drugs, so your own response to drugs will tell you what you need to know.
Thanks for the responses. Of course my first priority is DON'T DIE. :) But in addition to not dying, I'd like to keep my hair. I'm now on amlodipine, and the shedding is less, but still more than normal. Sigh.
I was on 10mg of Lisinopril. I was just like you. I had long strawberry blond hair. I would get comments on mine also. Then about a month into taking it, I started to notice my hair falling out. Just a little at first, but then it become rediciouls. I went and had it cut short hoping it would help somehow, but if didn't.
I've never had hair do thin. It was very depressing. I couldn't shower without crying.
I stopped it and was pets bribe Norvask.
It stopped my hair from falling out, but if I stood on my feet longer than 20 minutes, my calves would swell up to the point I thought my skin would rip. Not my ankles or my knees, just my calves. It was horrible. I could hardly walk.
Finally I was put on Coreg. So far no side effects. I'm just hoping my hair grows back fast so o can wear it curly and in a ponytail.
I hope this helps.
Oh my God and I thought I was crazy. I had thick hair and now its so thin. I am so glad I came and saw this. I will try and find out which one to take. I have hypertension.
I take bp meds to I'm 35 an I have switch my meds 4 times because they all had bad side effect now the new one I'm one is making my hair fall out very badly an I'm depress I want to stop taking them but when I do my bp rise very high I rather live then have hair but at the same time I really want my hair to every time I go to wash my hair its coming out in big ball for a young women that's depressing I have been begging for them to change it again an they prolonging I just wish I could get off this stuff for good please tell me what I can do to keep my hair
New here... but I've been taking metoprolol for about 6 months and my already thinning hair is coming out by handfuls. I've started weaning myself off it. Was prescribed lisinopril but can't tolerate it well, the lowest possible dose drops bp too low. My hairdresser today noticed a major change in my hair as far as just coming out, more noticeable on top, in front. I'm also reading up on statins, specifically generic crestor, although I've taken it for years and never had my hair just falling out. At 63, I figured the thinning on top was age related, but what I'm experiencing isn't age related. Anyway, I'm glad I found this group. Good luck ladies !
I have been on lisinopril for quite some time. At 10 mg daily, I had no problem, but recently it was upped to 20 mg and I'm experiencing a great deal of hair loss. So glad to find this message board. I will be talking to my doctor.
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