Book a FREE consultation  
For a free consultation or assistance, please call 020 7730 6666

Browse by Category

eSports Adderall Users Risk Hair Loss As Well As Doping Bans

AdderallThe Electronic Sporting League will now carry out anti-doping tests on players following widespread concern about the number of performance-enhancing drugs used by competitors.

Concentration-boosting drugs, most notably Adderall, are feared to be used throughout the rising sport which is starting to rival athletic sports in terms of viewing figures.

What some players may not realise is that, by taking Adderall, they are risking not only a sports-ban, but also hair loss.

Adderall and professional gaming

Adderall is a medication used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. It is an amphetamine-based treatment that stimulates the central nervous system and is delivered in ‘extended release’ capsules. It can be habit-forming and is not recommended for anyone with a number of health conditions or a history of drug abuse or addiction. Continues below

Gamers at the ESP One Katowice esports tournament

Gamers pictured at the ESP One Katowice esports tournament

According to Wired UK, professional gamers, including Kory Friesen who recently admitted to taking Adderall during the ESL One Katowice tournament, are said to take it to improve ‘cognition and reaction time’. This is interesting given the medication information advises that it could actually impair the user’s thinking or reactions and precautions should be taken if they are required to do anything which involves them needing to be alert whilst taking Adderall.

Our rules forbid participating in the tournament while on drugs [but] we don’t have a list of repercussions that we can match to every incident in a straightforward manner,” says the ESL Head of Communications, Anna Rozwandowicz. “Contrary to what [Friesen] says in his interview, taking performance enhancing drugs isn’t ‘how you win’ those tournaments, and it’s counter-productive in the long run. Like in any sport, you win by practicing and working hard.” She also noted that Friesen had also been let go from his team due to poor performance.

Friesen’s admission has shone an anti-doping spotlight on esports, and their new drugs-testing policy has been put in place to combat any Adderall use within the community. A press release issued by the ESL advises they will be working with the World Anti Doping Agency to administer PED skin tests which can the presence of drugs from a swab across the skin. This compulsory drugs testing will come into force from the ESL One Cologne event in August.

Hair loss side effect

In addition to a potential sporting ban, there are many side effects of using Adderall, one of the most common of which is hair loss.

A hair loss condition known as Telogen Effluvium is a fairly typical side-effect of medication and it can present in both men and women. It causes the hair to shed from all over the scalp and leaves the hair looking noticeably thinner.

Telogen Effluvium is a temporary condition, lasting up to 12 months, unless the underlying cause is not dealt with, in which case it may become chronic, lasting a minimum of 12 months. Although the hair will normally start to regrow on its own, there are treatments for Telogen Effluvium available to help speed this process up.

An associated point of concern for many men or women with a hereditary predisposition to genetic hair loss is that Telogen Effluvium can also trigger or exacerbate Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss.

Belgravia MinoxidilTreating Telogen Effluvium

In order to address this type of hair loss it is necessary to first deal with the underlying cause – in this case, use of Adderall. Anyone using it without the appropriate medical authorisation should obviously stop. For those who are properly prescribed the drug and need to take it on an on-going basis, their hair loss specialist and doctor can work together to devise a suitable course of treatment.

Minoxidil, a treatment that is clinically-proven to treat genetic hair loss but which has also produced promising regrowth results in Belgravia clients with TE, is often effective. This can also be combined with hair growth boosters such as the LaserComb which help to promote regrowth.

Taking a specially-targeted daily dietary supplement, such as Hair Vitalics, can also be beneficial in helping to restore the hair’s health and strength from the inside. All of the hair loss treatments and boosters used in reversing Telogen Effluvium are suitable for use by professional athletes and, as such, eSports competitors should have no doping issues either if they choose to use them.

Belgravia Centre Hair Loss ClinicThe Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.

Related Stories

Share this article

No Comments

No comments yet.

Comment on this article

* required field

Will not be published

Online Consultation

Submit an instant online consultation so that one of Belgravia’s hair loss specialists can diagnose your condition and recommend an effective course of treatment, wherever you live.

24 Oct

‘Severe Hair Loss After Using Nizoral Shampoo for Dandruff’

Name: Saja Question: My doctor give me nizoral shampoo to treat hair dandruff and it led to severe hair loss… I wish give me advise to stopping hair loss Answer: Hi, Saja. Although it is considered uncommon – affecting less than 1 in 100 people – Nizoral shampoo does list hair loss as a potential side effect. According to […]

Read full article »
24 Oct

Lupus Can Cause Rare Form of Hair Loss: Linear Non-Scarring Alopecia

An Indian boy who attended his local hospital to see if they could help with his hair loss was told by doctors that he didn’t have Alopecia Areata, as he may have first suspected, but an entirely different autoimmune disorder named Lupus Panniculitis. Lupus describes a number of conditions in which inflammation affects the body, […]

Read full article »
23 Oct

Alopecia Areata Genetic Links Emboldened Through Twins Studies

Dermatologists in Israel and Georgia have reported on what appears to be a unique case in which identical twin brothers experienced simultaneous hair loss not once but on two, separate occasions. The brothers, who are six, both lost hair to the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata, which leads to bald patches that typically appear suddenly. While […]

Read full article »