I started taking predisone april 22 2011,20mg 3 times a day. Been taking for 4 1/2 weeks.
Actually, I was pulling out whole hands full of hair this morning. I thought it was just shedding season! I am on 40mg, 1 X a day, and have had my dose "tapered," and then I go back up. I never made the connection, and nor have I seen it written about. Maybe you are on to something. Anyway, I have never lost all my hair. This is definitely worth investigating, even if the health professionals tell you they've never heard of it. Just keep asking!
I have been on Prednisone(5mg) for 15 years, I have never been on as high of a dose as you are currently on. However, I used to have a full head of thick hair but now it is very thin and every day when I condition my hair I end up with two hands full of hair that has fallen out. Sometimes I wonder how I still have hair in my head but I do and it is very long. I just figured that is was a side effect of my Addison's Disease but maybe it is the Prednisone.
I've been on and off prednisone several times in my life and every time I've come off of it I have experienced hair loss. It usually lasts for several months. I usually don't lose a lot while I'm taking it. It starts thinning when I start weaning off. I don't have any bald spots but my hair is thinner than it used to be. My hairdresser says that she can tell it has started growing back in because I have a lot of short new hair. Hopefully, it will just be a temporary thing for you. Good luck!
When I was tapering from 60mg a day down to 10mg I started loosing a lot of hair, handfuls every day it felt like. My doctor was not helpful in telling me that 'sick people loose hair' but my hairdresser was more sympathetic and advised that I take Biotin supplement. I don't know if it was a coinsidence or not but my hair started to improve within about 2 months and now 6 months later I feel like it's getting back to normal, at least at the scalp and in the few inches that have grown, ends are still a bit thin. Good luck and try not to worry.
I've been taking prednisone off and on for over five years. I began noticing my hair falling out about one year ago now. I'm 71 and have very thick hair and wear it medium length. I believe it begins to fall out when I taper down on the medicine to 5 milligrams. Now I'm on 10 again and its still falling out. The most I've ever taken is 20 milligrams for a short time, maybe two weeks at the most. My physicians don't seem alarmed by this. But there's hair all over the house. I've been using Biotin for at least three years now. It helps my nails grow thicker and stronger. I see no difference with my hair.
- Prednisone Information for Consumers
- Prednisone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Prednisone (detailed)
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