Thyroxine - Hair Loss
Dear Dr Redmond,
Since being diagnosed as Hypothryoid in Oct 2007, I have been taking thyroxine. 6 weeks after starting thyroxine, my hair started to shed in a very big way and has continued to do so ever since. I have lost about 60 % of my hair, especially around the temple/fringe/crown area.
My TSH has been within normal ranges since Feb 2008. I have read on many formums that thyroxine can cause long term hair loss in some people and the patient information leaflet in the thyroxine packets state that thryoxine can cause temporary partial hair loss.
My question is, do you think my hair loss will ever stop whilst I am on thyroxine.
Originally Posted by Red100
If you read enough online you will find many medications blamed for hair loss. In most cases the med is not the cause. This happens, I think, because it is so hard for women to get help for hair loss that they are forced to try to figure it out for themselves.
Very excessive doses of thyroxine can cause hair loss as well as loss of bone calcium, decreased muscle strength, nervousness and other bad things. However none of these occur when the dose is correct. So long as a person's TSH is not suppressed, then the dose is not excessive.
So my suggestion is to confirm with your doctor that your TSH is normal on the thyroid medication and try to get help finding the real cause.
Geoffrey Redmond, MD
The Hormone Help Center of New York http://www.hormonehelpny.com/
Author, It's Your Hormones
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