Acitretin and Hair Loss

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A few months ago I took acitretin for lichen planaus.  It made the condition worse but my dermatologist said to keep taking it.  I finally stopped after two months.  My hair began to fall out it the end of the two hasn't stopped now for 3 months.  I was wondering if anyone knows anything about the alopecia cause by a drug reaction.  The drug is a vitamin A derivative.  

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    The prescribed medicine does not create any reaction but consulting a Doctor again with an experienced one would be quite fine. 
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    Better to go with Finasteride rather than this.
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    It's Better to consult with another experienced Doctors, They actually suggest you what going wrong with prescription that you have been taken. Mostly people used Finasteride and Minoxidil for that. Let's hope You will definitely find some better results.  

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    Hi eulala, I don't know what rpsinghethi is going on about. The list of side effects of Acitretin includes 'changes to the hair texture' and 'alopecia' (reversible on withdrawal).  

    As you will probably know, Finasteride is mainly used to treat an enlargement of the prostate. It can reverse male pattern baldness but will have no effect on hair loss that is not caused by a genetic sensitivity of the hair follicles to dihydrotestosterone. 

    Hope you are doing better? Did your hair loss stop? 

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    Hair loss is found among people who take Acitretin, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old , have been taking the drug for 6 - 12 months, also take medication Metformin, and have Psoriasis. This review analyzes which people have Hair loss with Acitretin. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 1,185 people who have side effects when taking Acitretin from FDA, and is updated regularly.
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