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Does Niacin toxicity cause hair loss and if it does, will stopping

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Does Niacin toxicity cause hair loss and if it does, will stopping the niacin eventually stop your hair loss and will it grow back?

dermdoc19 :

Hell

dermdoc19 :

Niacin toxicity does not cause hair loss, as far as I know.

dermdoc19 :

Liver toxicity, cardiac toxicity, dry skin, but I have not heard of hair loss. If there were hair loss, it would certainly not be permanent and the hair would re-grow.

dermdoc19 :

What dosage of Niacin were you taking?

Customer:

1000mg daily

Customer:

I just checked my medication bottle and it was 500mg, not 1000.

dermdoc19 :

That is fairly borderline as far as toxicity anyway. I placed my son on that does yesterday.

Customer:

If it is due to the Niacin and I stopped taking it, how much longer will the dead hair fall out and how long would it be before I see any regrowth? I am almost sure it is the Niacin because I don't take anything else but Nipriedine for my blood pressure(which i have taken for 15 years ) and tylenol for Arthritis.

dermdoc19 :

If it were to be the Niacin, the hair would stop falling out gradually over a month. Start seeing re-growth at about the same time. Would be fully back to normal in two months.

Customer:

That blood pressure med is nifedipine 30mg

dermdoc19 :

I know. I figured it.

dermdoc19 :

The list of medications causing hair loss is a long one. I have my books on that in my office and can look that up tomorrow.

dermdoc19 :

You can take Vitamin E, Biotin, Vitamin B12, iron and folate to help the hair grow in quicker.

Customer:

This has been such a shock to me and I have been so busy that I didn't even notice it was happening untilit was bad, thank you for your time and I just hope it is due to the Niacin.

Customer:

Thank you for the information, I am just so nervous now taking anything. Is there a particular dosage on the vitamins airon and folate.

dermdoc19 :

If your hair does not come back as it should you should consult with a dermatologist to determine why this is happening.

dermdoc19 :

Dosage for Iron 10-15 mg a day and Folate 400 mcg a day.

Customer:

Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX not know who to see. Do you have any suggestions as far as the Atlanta GA area or how I would find someone reliable.

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