Otherwise known as anticoagulant medicines by the NHS, they are given to people to help prevent blood clots.
Mistakenly, people might believe they thin the blood, they do not; instead, they interrupt the formation of blood clots inside blood vessels.
The most commonly prescribed anticoagulant is called warfarin, and a possible side effect includes hair loss.
There are other anticoagulants available, such as:
- Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)
- Dabigatran (Pradaxa)
- Apixaban (Eliquis)
- Edoxaban (Lixiana)
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Again, there are various types of anti-depressants, so if one isn’t working for you, it’s best to have a conversation with your GP.
Beta-blockers block the hormone adrenaline, thereby slowing down the heart.
It’s prescribed for a variety of conditions, such as:
- Heart failure
- Atrial fibrillation
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
The leaflet placed into your medication box should tell you all the possible side effects that a specific drug may cause.
If you believe your hair loss is linked to your prescribed medication, and it bothers you, tell your doctor about your concerns.
Statins are cholesterol-lowering drugs that help to lower the amount of “bad” cholesterol floating in your bloodstream.
There are five types of statins available on prescription in the UK:
- Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
- Fluvastatin (Lescol)
- Pravastatin (Lipostat)
- Rosuvastatin (Crestor)
- Simvastatin (Zocor)
In addition to taking medication to lower cholesterol levels, it’s highly advised by the NHS to:
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
- Stop smoking
Do not believe that once you’ve been prescribed medication that you’re only option is to put up with negative side effects – options are available.