Atorvastatin (Lipitor) and simvastatin (Zocor) belong to a group of cholesterol-lowering medications known as “statins”. Hair loss is a reported side effect of both drugs. The newer statin, rosuvastatin (Crestor), luckily does not have this risk.
Do all statins cause hair loss?
A. Hair loss, or alopecia, is a very rare side effect of all statin drugs. Widely prescribed in the treatment of high cholesterol, statins work by blocking the action of an enzyme the liver uses to make cholesterol. About 1% of people taking statins report hair loss.
Will hair loss from statins grow back?
A study of research literature demonstrates that people who experience hair loss due to taking atorvastatin or other statins find the hair loss reversed when they stop taking the drug, only to return when they start taking it again. This is evidence that, for some patients, statins play a role in hair loss.
Which statin has the least amount of side effects?
In the analysis of 135 previous studies, which included nearly 250,000 people combined, researchers found that the drugs simvastatin (Zocor) and pravastatin (Pravachol) had the fewest side effects in this class of medications. They also found that lower doses produced fewer side effects in general.
Does Rosuvastatin cause thinning hair?
Will I have hair loss from rosuvastatin? It’s very unlikely. Hair loss isn’t a known side effect of taking rosuvastatin. But hair loss is a side effect of another cholesterol-lowering drug called pravastatin (Pravachol).
Do all beta blockers cause hair loss?
Beta blockers, including the following, can cause hair loss: metoprolol (Lopressor) timolol (Blocadren) propranolol (Inderal and Inderal LA)
What is the safest cholesterol medication to take?
Still, all in all, the statins are the safest and best tolerated of all cholesterol-lowering medications.
How can I stop my hair from falling out due to medication?
People can buy minoxidil, or Rogaine, over the counter (OTC) and apply it topically to the scalp. People using minoxidil may start to see their hair growing back within 3–6 months. People can speak to a pharmacist about minoxidil or purchase it online.
What is the difference between Crestor and Lipitor?
The main difference between Lipitor and Crestor is the active ingredient in each medication. The active ingredient in Lipitor is atorvastatin. The active ingredient in Crestor is rosuvastatin. Crestor is considered a more potent statin, while Lipitor has been FDA-approved longer than Crestor.
Does high cholesterol cause hair loss?
In an open access paper recently published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, Subroto Chatterjee and colleagues from Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, MD, show that a diet high in fats and cholesterol can lead to skin inflammation, as well as hair loss and hair whitening.
Does atorvastatin cause hair loss?
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) and simvastatin (Zocor) belong to a group of cholesterol-lowering medications known as “statins”. Hair loss is a reported side effect of both drugs.
Which is safer atorvastatin or rosuvastatin?
Atorvastatin was the safest statin as it resulted in the least number of patients at the end of 2 years of treatment with the new onset of microalbuminuria (10.9%) followed by rosuvastatin (14.3%) and then pravastatin (26.6%).
Is Zetia safer than a statin?
Ezetimibe is a safe and efficacious non-statin LDL-C-lowering agent particularly in high-risk patients, such as those post-ACS.
Does Micardis cause hair loss?
Micardis is not reported to cause any hair loss. However, hair loss can be caused by stress or a thyroid imbalance, to name a few causes.
Does Fosamax cause hair loss?
Dr. Roach: I found many case reports of hair loss after the use of alendronate (Fosamax) and similar drugs (a class called bisphosphonates).
Does losartan thin your hair?
Hair loss is not a common side effect of the blood pressure medication Cozaar (losartan). There have been a few reports of people experiencing hair loss while taking Cozaar, but there’s no way to know if Cozaar actually caused the problem.