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.
4 Jul 2015
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. :)
4 Jul 2015
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.
13 Jul 2015
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.
3 Aug 2016
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. -JMJEV
21 Oct 2016
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.
18 Nov 2016
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
29 Dec 2016
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 !
31 Dec 2016
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.
19 Feb 2017
I was put on Amlopodine in October last year so have been taking it for 4 months. At first I noticed more hair on my clothes when I brushed it but the last few weeks it's gradually increased and now I'm frightened to brush it! When I've showered I have to clean the plug out and it's very upsetting. I have recently lost a lot of weight, 2 stone in about 3 months, but I have eaten plenty of vegetables and fruit, so I do t think it's due to my diet. I am goi g back to the doctor to discuss this and in the meantime have started taking Perfectil Max for hair nails and skin. I have always had beautiful thick hair, probably a good job as if it had been thin I wouldn't have much left by now!!
10 Mar 2017
My doctor prescribed my first blood pressure meds and it was Triamterene 37.5 Mg-hydrochlorothiazide 25. My hair fell out immediately by the handfuls. My hair stylist said I lost as much as 20 people in her drain. I quit taking the meds after 11 days and my hair continued to thin out and changed texture. My doctor then prescribed without my consent, Lisinopril 5 Mg. I refused to take it and sent it back to the pharmacy. My numbers fluctuate from 137/80 to as high as 157/80. I am being really careful about sodium, carbs, losing weight and just freaking out. I started taking a vitamin for hair, skin and nails and it seems to help. Resulting in less hair coming out or maybe the medicine is leaving my system altogether. I have a blood pressure cuff at home and check regularly and my numbers are coming down. I want to do it naturally if at all possible and to save my hair.
I have been looking all over for a med that does not cause hair loss and even at 5 Mg. dosage, it would soon be up'd to 10 or 25 and hair loss again. You'd think the manufacturers would have gotten this formula right by now.
10 Mar 2017
It isn't so much the medication that you're taking as it is the care you're taking of your hair. I took 90% of my medications before my HA and when I started having trouble with my hair I changed beautician. I found out then that it was the meds but the harsh treatment. She was stripping my hair and failing to condition it. I switched and my hair thicken and I kept it at shoulder length until three years ago. I followed my new beautician's directions and change up my shampoo and conditioner every two or three washes. I use Pantene and my hair is waist length. I take aspirin, Plavix, Coreg twice a day, Spironolactone twice a day, Benicar, Simvastatin, Singulair and Nitrostat and Ventolin as needed. Take care.
25 Mar 2017
I am very frustrated. I should have been talked to my cardiologist about a new med. I have been on lisinopril for about a year now. My hair is ridiculously thin and bald at the top. I wear a scarf and wigs now. Before lisinopril I was on metoprolol for years and didn't have this much hair loss. It was thinning but not like this. I was still able to show my hair. Now it's too embarrassing. I'm 38 years old. I have some serious health issues but I'm still trying to live and look good! I'm gonna make an appointment for sure cause I have to get some help with this.
8 May 2017
I am on Amlodipine 5mg and I have noticed hair lose as well. This makes the second BP meds I have tried. I want to just do all natural stuff. Are there any suggestions? All this medication stuff is bad and a money maker. Back in the day our people wasn't taking all this medication. They used home remedies. If you have any information please help!
8 May 2017
Dear Drugs.com. Yesterday, I responded to this question, but it is clear that my response was “axed” before it saw the light of day. No doubt, this one will be as well, though this response is directed to the Drugs.com staff, not the people asking questions about blood pressure meds and hair loss. (I didn't know what other means to communicate with you.)
I can understand why you may have deleted my response since it delved into an area of alternative therapies that you (1) may not understand or (2) may not support in general. For your clarification: First, my response was created with pure intention, to help solve a problem for some very distressed people. I was not trying to promote business for Eden Energy Medicine practitioners, just trying to point toward an alternative that would be affordable for them.
I could have pointed them in the direction of acupuncture, but that would have ended up costing people much more in time and dollars, whereas EEM practitioners can teach techniques for people to do at home. Second, if your staff doesn't have the knowledge or experience to support specific alternative approaches (which some writers seem to be begging for), you could perhaps include some type of “qualifier” at the top of each Drugs.com Q&A page that relates to this.
On May 23, 2012, Beth Israel Hospital, New York, paid for a full-page color ad in the “A” section promoting their integrative program, which read, “Where health and healing come together.” I cut it out and framed it, for it represented an open-minded effort to build bridges between Western and holistic communities, with the highest interest of patients in mind. We are living in times that are crying out for bridge building--and not just in Washington! I hope you will reconsider printing my reply and let readers make up their own minds about it. If you would like me to modify it, for example by taking out the specific reference to EEM, I would be happy to do so.
If I don't hear back from you, I'll take your non-response as a "no way, Pamela A." I will respect your decision and cease to communicate any further on this topic.
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