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An_248890 posted:
I'm 23 yrs old and my hair has started to thin at an alarming rate. Baldness does not run in my family but i fear with the amount of hair i am losing that i am going to lose my hair. The only thing that i can think of that would be effecting it is my thyroid medication, but strangely my blood levels have finally become level. So i know its not a side effect of unbalanced hormones, but possibly the medication itself. I dont know what to do...i'm tired of the stress i have from finding large clumps in the drain every night...I need real advice someone please help
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Anon_6061 responded:
Sorry you're losing hair! I've had that problem too and it's very distressing. Was it falling out before you started thyroid meds? Have you just recently settled on a certain dose based on your blood levels? Changes that affect hair growth and shedding can take 2 to 3 months to have an effect on your hair. So it can take 2 to 3 months for the shedding to stop after getting to your optimal thyroid dose. And then hopefully, at some point after that you'll see some regrowth. However, sometimes hair can get "stuck" in the telogen (shedding) phase (referred to as telogen effluvium). Hopefully, that won't happen to you.

Free T3 and free T4 levels along with TSH give a better picture of thyroid med effectiveness. Many doctors tend to look at only TSH for determining dose effectiveness but TSH is a pituitary hormone. These links may be helpful - http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles/hairloss.htm
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0010400/

Let us know how you're doing as you settle into your dose. Be sure to monitor your other hypothyroid symptoms. Those should also resolve if you're on an optimal dose. Some patients find that they have to switch from T4-only Synthroid (levythyroxine) to a natural dessicated T4/T3 med or a T4/T3 combo (such as Synthroid and Cytomel).


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