Lithium and Hair Loss

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Recently, like in the last week, I’ve noticed that my hair’s falling out: there’s hair in the sink that wasn’t there before. I’m not going bald nor is my hair thinning, but it’s definitely falling out.

So I did some research about lithium side effects and hair loss. Apparently, lithium affects the thyroid in such a way that causes hair to fall out. Wonderful. I don’t want to take yet another medication to combat this particular side effect, like I do with the tremors. I think I’d rather shave my head than take more medication. Seriously.

I am less than thrilled.

What side effects — if any — have you experienced from taking lithium?

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7 thoughts on “Lithium and Hair Loss

  1. My hair is thinning and I have to blow dry it a certain way to cover it up. I don’t know if it’s from abilify or menopause. I haven’t decided what I will do if it worsens. So far I can hide it.

    1. I didn’t know that Abilify causes hair loss. I take that, too. My hair had started thinning before I started on lithium, because of hormones/perimenopause. My stylist noticed it and recommended that I use Nioxin Scalp Treatment that you spray onto your roots. It was working up until now, 🌻

      1. It’s not a listed side effect for Abilify that I know of, but there is mention of it on forums and reports of it. It just seemed to start after starting Abilify. But then again it is probably more likely hormonal in my case. The timing is the same because I actually went on Abilify to deal with the depression I was experiencing with perimenopause. I will look into Nioxin.

  2. I read about Nioxin Scalp Treatment, it is a good treatment.

    I used 5% minoxidil scalp treatment, you can it. Also, choose to rejuvenate hair regime that is effective food supplements treatment.

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