I was on Warfarin from 10/2011 until 5/2012. In Jan. or Feb. of 2012 my hair started coming out in big chuncks everytime I washed it. I stopped taking the medication in May of 2012 and about July or Aug.2012 my hair stopped coming out. In Jan. 2013 and for the second time I developed DVT's and a PE. I was put back on Warfarin and now have to remain on it for the rest of my life. On or about 4/2013 or 5/2013 my hair has started coming out again in big chuncks every time I wash it. Is this from the Warfarin and if so, is there anything I can do to slow it down or stop it all together. I am getting very desperate and am afraid. Please respond to my question!
Can Warfarin cause hair loss?
Question posted by Vicki Kowalewsky on 2 July 2013
Last updated on 8 March 2021
Alopecia (hair loss) has been reported with Warfarin. This side effect is rare.
Talk with your doctor. He /she may be able to suggest another medicine.
Yes it can cause hair loss. I was on Warfarin and my hair also fell out but it happened right before I was able to stop the medication. There is nothing that can be done about it but coming off warfarin. I don’t know if that would be enough of a side effect for you to require a different med. I know the other meds are ridiculously outrageous but your Dr’s nurse could find out for you. She would call a drug rep and if you have insurance a patient assistance card would probably be available. I have no idea what kind of deals they have going on now because I believe big pharma is out to get as much money out of people as they can before one of the newer blood thinners goes generic. Otherwise that’s all I have For you. I’m sorry about your hair.i I was about ready to buy a wig but stopped warfarin. I was in my early 20’s in the 70’s. Good luck
Their gave me too much warfarin in the beginning so my hair started falling out. My beautician, who is my friend, gave me Cellagen Follicle Revitalize mediceuticals. You spray it on your roots after you wash your hair. Rub it in and it makes your hair grow. She uses it for some ladies that had cancer. It's really works. You can get at beauty supplies.
Im 65 and have been on warfarin for 30 years due to Oregon Health University misdiagnosing me as having a rare clotting disorder. My INR has always been very consistent and predictable. Last year my insurance would only pay for generic warfarin, not coumadin, and for the last 8 months or so my hair comes out in bunches, and Im becoming very thin on top. I read above about the same thing and wonder if its the case or coincidence for both of us? Considering going off warfarin and to another drug, or perhaps turmeric or other herbs. I have a portal vein stent as a result of a clot from injury so they want to keep me on warfarin for that but say Im stable and could probably go off it, but they then say warfarin will protect me from strokes (never had one) and I should consider it for that. They sure like to push the meds, don't they?
Warfarin does cause hair loss. I am taking warfarin for the past 18 years, I am 47 now and have had bi-lateral PE's twice and DVT's twice. I have to have my blood coagulated for life. I have noticed a huge difference in my hair over the last years. It has gotten so thin and I may as well be talking to the wall as talking to my local doctor about it. I do find it very depressing because a woman's hair is her crowning glory especially for me as I have always loved my hair. My hair is especially thin around the front of my head and there are now long 'wispy' hair strands that do not grow long anymore and I have very thin 'patches', almost see through in my hair. I read a response that said hair is not as important as your life and I understand that but for a woman to lose her hair or have it thin out so much is devastating.
I have always loved my curly locks, thankfully I still have enough hair that I can cover the thinner patches. Even going to the hairdressers is hard for me as my hairdresser always comments on how thin my hair has become, it is so very embarrassing. I have asked my Hematology consultant about it and I am moving to a new Doac anti-coagulant this month and coming away from warfarin after 18 years. I am really hopeful that my hair will improve over the coming months after coming off warfarin. It is true being on warfarin has saved my life but the side affect for a woman of losing her hair is very difficult to cope with.
I developed a bilateral DVT last year 11/5/2017 and was put on warfarin 12mg daily dose.l have had patches on my head too,l will console my doctor on 23/3/2018 and let you know more, Life is better than hair lose so let's not stop medics
I believe this without a doubt. Wafarin is a blood thinner. I just started taking Plavix 8 days ago, also a blood thinner, and today a clump of my hair just easiely came out. After the rest of my hair dried I noticed that all of my hair has gotten thinner by about 50per cent. I couldn't believe it!!
I too have experienced major hair loss which I reported to my Dr several times along with other significant side effects associated with warfarin and now I just found out all of these are associated with warfarin. Once again conventional western medicine fails!!! I'm pist because conventional Dr.s won't even acknowledge what may very well be causing significant problems simply because they don't want you to go off a med and they don't want to bother learning Anything! other than traditional pharmaceuticals. Quality of life matters too. And yes, obviously none of us wants another blood clot in our lungs or a stroke. But now I've been reading that being on warfarin increases your risk of bleeding strokes 5 x,s & increases in dementia. I've done my own research and will work with a Chinese acupuncturist / herbalist. There are Chinese Herbal formulas for anti coagulation & there is medical research from Taiwan etc...
Chinese medicine is very complex so very important to work with actual Chinese herbalist acupuncturists who have thousands of hours of training. Do not bother with traditional MDs who get a certificate from a couple hundred hours workshop, they are not steeped in understanding of Chinese medicine and it won't give you a representative healing experience.
Chinese medicine works to heal and rebalance the whole body/ energy system. I've switched off several meds onto Chinese herbs with successful results and no side effects. So I'm very hopeful that I will safely get off warfarin and feel better with herbs.
I began taking Coumadin over 20 years ago (early 1996) following a heart valve replacement. With an artificial valve, other anti-clotting agents are not a healthy choice other than Lovenox shots when I must be off the Coumadin.
My thyroid was also diagnosed as underactive about 5 years later. I had mild hair loss on top and spoke to my pharmacist about it. (They know more about drug interactions than the doctors often do) He told me that it is one of the rare side effects of coumadin use. When I suggested the possibility that it might be from an underactive thyroid, which was at that point in the normal range with medication, the pharmacist said that thyroid medication would have cleared the problem if it were due to hypothyroidism. This is something I would need to learn to live with because Rogaine for women was out of the question; it can cause further heart problems. So I have lived with this for a long time now.
My scalp is a shiny bowl over the top of my head in most family photos. At work, I hated the fact that visitors would stare at my shiny scalp, so I started wearing wigs and, like the advertisement said, I never had another "bad hair day" when I wore the wigs. In hotter weather and when I wanted to look more natural, I purchased hair bangs attached to a hairband or hair pieces.
I feel prettier now. And when I feel like going natural, I just pull the front hair, what little there is of it left, back into a barrette or hair comb. Like the old bald guys that I used to laugh about because they grew hair in the only part of their head that would actually grow hair, I have let the back hair grow out really long. Now I can put it into french braids and chignons. It looks good from the back at least. It's a fact of growing older with heart problems. I have adjusted to it and manage to feel pretty when I fix my hair or wear my pretty wigs and hair pieces.
Due to a change in my Rx benefits I had to switch from Coumadin (brand name) to generic warfarin. Several months after the switch my hair started falling out... I lost quite a bit of hair. After investigating a number of possible causes my doctor switched me back to brand name coumadin. The hair loss stopped and most of the hair that I lost has grown back. This was confusing to me as the generic is supposed to be the same formula as the brand name. I asked several doctors about this and was told that the active ingredients are the same but the inactive ingredients may not be. Clearly I was having a reaction to one of the inactive ingredients. One of the doctors I spoke to is a dermatologist who also told me that hair loss is a well documented side effect of warfarin. Ask your doctor about switching to a different manufacturer. It worked for me.
It sounds like you may be having an adverse reaction. With research - hair thinning or loss is a RARE side effect of Warfarin. You need to discuss with your doctor. Though there are risks to any medicine - what about Xarelto? You don't want clots but also don't want to be bald.
I have been on Warfarin since June 2009 and it has not affected my hair.
Yes. It does that in more people than not from my research.
I too am taking Warfarin and am experiencing extreme hair loss. I have lost half of my hair. Had I known this caused hair loss I would have asked for a different medication. I really feel for you as thick beautiful hair runs in my family. I usually have to have it cut and thinned out in the summer it's so heavy. Not anymore, I actually have bald spots now. I just ordered a shampoo that is supposed to prevent hair loss so we shall see. I am so glad you asked this question because now I know it's the medication and not anything else.
You should discuss with your doctor about switching to Arixtra, Lovenox, or Xarelto. You should use a shampoo that contains silicone, such as dimethicone or cyclomethicone. These coat the strands with a thin film, creating fuller hair that doesn't look greasy. The silicone stays put even after you rinse. Also using lukewarm water versus hot water to rinse your hair. Other shampoos (such as clobetasol [Clobex] or fluocinonide [Lidex]) for the scalp have been used for many years to treat hair loss.
Hi Vicki I have recently been taken off warfarin and put on xarelto (rivaroxaban) due to my hair falling out they diagnosed alopecia due to the warfarin it hasn't all come out but has become very thin. I have been told to use keratase Bain volumatique shampoo and conditioner so will be trying this soon I will let you know if this works.
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