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Q&A: Can Rosuvastatin Calcium or Irbesartan Tablets Cause Hair Loss?

Name: David

It is Often Possible to Treat Hair Loss that is Caused by Taking Medications.Question: I am using a cholesterol tablet (Rosuvastatin Calcium 10mg) and also a blood pressure tablet (Irbesartan 300mg). I am 61 years old and my hair has gone very thin over the last 18 months. Could these particular tablets be causing this? Is there a way you could help? Many thanks

Answer: These anti-cholesterol and anti-hypertensive drugs do not have hair loss listed as a side effect. Neither of these medications have been known to accelerate hair loss although there are some medications that do. This information should be available on the patient information leaflet of your particular medication (it might be in very small print).

However some individuals taking any medication (regardless of the side effects listed) may suffer from a type of hair loss called Telogen Effluvium. This is caused by a shock to the system such as illness, stress, taking medications, rapid weight loss and, in women, childbirth. As a result some hair follicles prematurely enter the resting (telogen) phase and stay there for 3 months after which time they are shed. Telogen Effluvium is often temporary, with hair growth returning to a normal rate 6 – 12 months after the event, although in some cases the condition can trigger other types of hair loss such as Male Pattern Baldness. This common genetic condition means your body has increasing levels of the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which attacks the hair follicles causing hair growth to slow and eventually stop.

You noticed your thinning hair within the last 18 months. I am not sure when you started taking the medications – if it was 3 months prior to the hair thinning, then there may be a link to the medications. However, it may also be possible that the medications had nothing to do with the hair loss; Male Pattern Baldness affects 65% of men by the age of 60, increasing to 80% by the age of 80. Your hair loss is most likely to be Male Pattern Baldness particularly if it is thinning on the top area.

Either way a tailored hair loss treatment programme can help to prevent further thinning and restore lost hair. Belgravia’s treatment courses are based on Propecia and Minoxidil. These are the only two products that have shown sufficient evidence to be both safe and effective at preventing hair loss. They can be tailored to suit an individual and, when used alongside the correct hair growth booster, can successfully stabilise the hair loss and result in optimum regrowth. A Belgravia treatment course can be used alongside your anti-cholesterol and anti-hypertensive medications. For examples of the success Belgravia’s male clients have experienced using these treatment courses, simply view the hair loss success stories.

In order to accurately diagnose your hair loss and find an effective treatment, I recommend you see one of Belgravia’s specialists for a consultation. Appointments are free, available 7 days a week and last for approximately 30-45 minutes. To book yours, just call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively, complete the online diagnostic form for a consultation via the website and a mail order treatment service.

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