Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Can Synthroid Be Causing My Hair Loss?

Thursday, 08 May 2014 05:44 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I have lost the hair on the back of my head three times in the past year, but it keeps growing back. Any idea what can cause this? I am on Synthroid.

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
The recurrent loss of hair on the back of your head may be related to trauma, stress, or illness. The best guide for you will come from a careful examination of your scalp by your medical doctor.

In any event, here are some ideas for you to consider.
  • A common cause of temporary hair loss (in which case it grows back) is the use of bands and various other devices used to tie hair back.
  • Brushing habits can affect hair loss patterns.
  • Dermatitis and inflammatory conditions on the scalp can lead to hair loss.
  • Hypothyroidism, which is presumably the reason you are using Synthroid, is also a common cause of hair loss. There are even reports of hair loss despite treatment with Synthroid.
You might consider a trial of twice-daily topical Rogaine, which works well for men and women. Daily oral Propecia can also block the hair loss. 

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