|hair thinning & loss
Jul 18, 2010
I recently noticed that 4 the last 5 weeks that i have experienced excessive hair loss. I have been on atripila or the last 2 months and I was wondering if the meds may be causing this loss. i do not want to request a change in my meds so soon since they seem to be working so well. Help, I'm lost.
| Response from Dr. Henry
Hair loss is common in the general population (often genetic) as well as in HIV+ persons so often difficult to sort out a specific cause. Immune reconstitution may in some cases contribute to hair loss. Linkage to specific HIV drugs is sketchy though I have observed patients who seem to have hair loss from lamuvudine or emtricitabine (latter in Atripla). An evaluation by skin specialist/dermatologist may be helpful in some cases. A trial on an alternative HIV regime may be worth considering if problem is persistent and no other cause identified. KH
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