Hair loss from tamoxifen
I have been on tamoxifen for 3 years after having a lumpectomy and radiation for stage 0 DCIS. My hair has been constantly thinning and my dermotologist told me it was due to the tamoxifen. Is anyone else experiencing this and what have you done about it? I see my oncologist next month and will ask if I can stop the drug. I am hoping my hair comes back.
I had the same problem! So I switched medication. But it seems both medication has the same side effects. My hair is now so thin up front. And no matter what I try it doesn’t seem to help. I hope you have a better outcome. I find it really hard at times, because I was a hairdresser. And had a head of beautiful curls. And I know everyone says at least your alive! But it doesn’t make you feel better when you deal with looking at it everyday!
I have been on Tamoxifen for close to one year. I too was loosing hair. It was all over my clothes, floor and when I washed my hair I always had a lot in the drain and my fingers. Have had very good luck with a pill called Hair Volume. It can be purchased and GNC for about $17. Hair loss is now minimal. I hope you find as much success as I have with this pill.
I have taken tamoxifen for one year now and have lost a ton of hair. Two months ago, my prescription came in a different bottle. It was from a different manufacturer from what I had been taking. Noticed that the hair loss was not as extreme that month (didn’t have to de-hair the shower floor every single day.) My research said that different manufacturers use different fillers. Thinking I might not be having as bad a side effect from the “new drug”. Talked to my pharmacist and they noted on my file to only do this brand now.
I used Nioxin shampoo for thinning hair, etc. for about a month. It makes your scalp feel slightly “sticky”, but it otherwise works. After a month, I decided to go back to my regular shampoo. Sure enough, my brain had made an adjustment to the medicine and I had no more hair loss. Many medicines can simply be a shock to your system that results in hair loss, but you can make an adjustment to them.
I was on Tamoxifen for four years, then was told there was a test whether Tamoxifen was beneficial for me or not. Found out it wasn’t helping me so I was able to discontinue taking the drug. Thank you. Just happened to hear about this test by chance … so please I hope everyone ask their oncologist about taking a test, hopefully you can discontinue taking Tamoxifen.