Does Amlodipine Cause Hair Loss?

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Does Amlodipine Cause Hair Loss

Does Amlodipine Cause Hair Loss?

Does Amlodipine Cause Hair Loss
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

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If you have medication for high blood pressure does this mean you will be bald within a few years? Is there a way to reduce the effects? I jump into the most common questions in this article. 

Amlodipine, also known as Norvasc, does cause your hair to thin. However it’s not guaranteed that every user will experience hair loss. If you are predisposed to hair loss then Amlodipine is not going to help your situation. 

Which blood pressure medications cause hair loss?

It seems as if blood pressure meds can have a devastating effect on your hair, the problem is blood pressure meds are normally long term even for the rest of your life in some cases.

It seems as if the main culprits for causing hair loss are ACE inhibitors which include the ubiquitous Amlodipine blood pressure medication.

According to the reputable mayo clinic, the following blood pressure medications can cause hair loss, sometimes significant hair loss:-

  • (Sectral) atenolol
  • (Tenormin) bisoprolol
  • (Zebeta) metoprolol
  • (Lopressor) toprol
  • (Corgard) nebivolol
  • (Bystolic) and propranolol
  • Blood pressure meds known as ACE inhibitors also cause baldness

The hair follicle is thought to be dormant while taking these drugs and if you were to stop taking your blood pressure medication your hair would regrow, if you survived that long!

It can be distressing to find your hair falling out after living with a healthy head of hair but, it’s important to note you should not stop taking your blood pressure meds in the interest of regaining your flowing locks.

No one has ever died of natural causes caused by hair loss but if you stop taking your blood pressure meds you could be putting your life at risk. 

If your hair loss is a major concern you can investigate getting your blood pressure medication changed by your doctor.

Will my hair grow back after stopping amlodipine?

It is thought that your hair follicles are dormant while taking ACE inhibitors such as Amlodipine and it is suggested that once you stop taking ACE inhibitors like Amlodipine then your hair will start to regrow.

The problem is with hypertension, if you have high blood pressure there are very few alternatives than to take drugs to lower your blood pressure.

Of course, if your high blood pressure is brought on by lifestyle issues then there is a chance you can turn back the clock and reset your blood pressure with weight loss and exercise.

Some of you may have hereditary high blood pressure which is not so easy to deal with and can mean a lifetime of drugs to keep your blood pressure in check.

If your doctor can find a better control for your blood pressure then you may need a little help to kick start your hair regrowth.

A well balanced healthy diet with some vitamin supplements may do the trick of the use of Rogaine may give your hair follicles the jolt needed to sprout hair again.

The encouraging factor is that your hair follicles are not dead, just dormant. It is possible to regain a full head of hair if you can find a way of Amlodipine and other ACE inhibitors.

What are the side effects of amlodipine?

You could consider amlodipine as a miracle drug if you suffer from high blood pressure. However, the side effects can be zero to mild to life-threatening.

There is an exhaustive list of side effects from amlodipine which include becoming unusually tired to swollen legs and ankles.

From personal experience, the side effects are manageable compared to the complications of high blood pressure.

Below are just a few of the potential side effects, and there are many many more!

  1. Abnormal dreams
  2. anxiety
  3. back pain
  4. bad unusual or unpleasant (after) taste
  5. bleeding gums
  6. blistering, crusting, irritation, itching, or reddening of the skin
  7. bloating
  8. bloody nose
  9. burning feeling in the chest or stomach
  10. burning while urinating
  11. burning, dry, or itching eyes
  12. change in color of the treated skin
  13. change in sense of smell
  14. change in taste
  15. changes in vision
  16. constipation
  17. continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
  18. cracked, dry, or scaly skin
  19. decreased sexual performance or desire

Having listed just a few of the side effects (it seems scary) you need to know that literally millions if not billions of people use Norvasc amlodipine daily to control their blood pressure, if it’s not amlodipine it’s another ACE inhibitor that does the same thing.

If you are struggling to control your blood pressure, who cares about hair loss, yes it’s not a nice experience but focus on what is important to you like living a normal life.

What are the worst side effects of amlodipine?

You know having high blood pressure tends to be swept aside as if it’s a nothing ailment but the truth is high blood pressure can devastate your life, and your families life.

Amlopdipine is suggested to be one of the very worst high blood pressure medications you can take, however, it is taken by millions of folks daily. 

This suggests that amlodipine actually suits many folks who use it. Having said that living with swollen legs and ankles can be very uncomfortable, the swelling can spread to the wrists and fingers also.

Amlodipine can cause massive headaches that are debilitating and on a scale of surpassing migraine attacks.

If you never had nervous anxiety you can expect to join the club if prescribed amlodipine to control your high blood pressure. It is a common side effect that changes the way you operate as simple tasks and meetings can become an ordeal.

Extreme fatigue is very common. I get out of bed and fall back to sleep and find it hard to spend more than half of the day out of the home before becoming very tired.

Nausea and loss of appetite can be a regular occurrence in those prescribed with amlodipine.

Final thoughts

If you do not have hereditary high blood pressure you can make changes to lower your blood pressure.

Quitting smoking and stopping drinking alcohol will set you well on your way to recovery.

References: https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/amlodipine-oral-route/side-effects/DRG-20061784?p=1 

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1. Save at least 60% on the cost

A hair transplant in Europe is at least 60% cheaper than in the UK. And most packages are all inclusive, including your accommodation and airport transfers.

2. Europe has some of the most experienced surgeons in the world

Europe has more clinics, which have been established and running for much longer than clinics in the UK. The price is also lower, making it more accessible for people.

Surgeons in Europe will have carried out hundreds, if not thousands more procedures than UK based surgeons. Because of this some UK clinics will bring in surgeons from Europe to carry out your procedure.

3. Hair restoration clinics in Europe are state or the art

Many facilities in Europe are dedicated hair restoration clinics. They only perform that type of treatment. As such all equipment, facilities, techniques and staff are specialists in hair restoration. 

Hair restoration is only now becoming more popular in the UK, so many UK clinics are general cosmetic facilities that carry out various procedures.

4. Get even more value by making your transplant into a holiday

Europe is such a popular holiday destination for many reasons, the culture, history, sights, cuisine, shopping, great weather, your money goes further, it’s widely English speaking, and it’s just 2 or 3 hours away by plane. 

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It’s so easy to get an assessment and price. Contact the clinic, arrange an initial consultation in the UK with your surgeon, or do an online consultation by sending a few pictures and answering some basic questions. 

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You just hop on the plane. A transfer car will meet you as you get off the plane and take you to the clinic. It’s such an easy process. Easy!

Top 5 Hair Transplant Tips

1. Know your post-op timeline – The key dates!

  • You need to take the upmost care in the first 7 days
  • You can leave the house after 7 days, but I advise you take at least 2 weeks off work.
  • You won’t be able to wear a hat or exercise for up to 4 weeks after.
  • Around 2 – 4 weeks your new hair will fall out, you’ll look a little red and sore – similar to sunburn.
  • Around 4 months your new hair starts growing and looking good.
  • By 6 months you can’t tell you’ve had a transplant.
You can get a haircut after the first month, or you can keep it short yourself with clippers until it starts to grow back.

2. Pick the right time to schedule your treatment

Good clinics will be busy, so you may have to wait 2 months to get an appointment – this is a good thing. So knowing that and knowing your post-op timeline (above) means you can plan the perfect time around your social or work calendar. 

If you have important social events coming up, particularly if you know you’ll be photographed then you may plan your transplant 6 months in advance, or wait until your calendar is free.

3. Set your expectations

If your hair has receded at the front you’ll want the clinic to draw an expected hairline on your head or on pictures of you as soon as possible. They’ll then also talk about the number of grafts or hairs you’ll need and how thick the result will look. 

The sooner you can establish this, the sooner you’ll know exactly what to expect. A good clinic will also take into consideration a natural looking hair line for your age and your face and head shape. Have an honest conversation and be open to their expert feedback.

4. Knowing what the journey home looks like

There’s no way around it, you’ll have to go out in public to travel home. The worst part is sitting at the airport for 2 hours or so whilst you wait for your plane. 

I found it was best to embrace it. People are nice for the most part and won’t stare, and if one or two do who cares – you will never see those people again! You may even be at the airport with other transplant patients, I wasn’t the only one! 

Take a travel pillow and have someone pick you up if possible, so you can exit swiftly and get back home as soon as possible. It’s natural to be self-conscious, but it’s over fast and well worth it.

Tip! Just take carry-on luggage to keep your check-in and wait time down.

5. Choosing the right clinic

  • Pick somewhere you can travel to and from easily
  • Check their reviews online, not just on their site!
  • Do they have a good quality website and professional looking emails?
  • Can you see actual case studies of previous patients online?
  • Do they have an address? Can you see it on Google street view?
  • Can you meet your surgeon for a consultation beforehand?
  • Do you know someone who’s been there before – first hand opinion is amazing!
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

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