Can Carvedilol cause hair loss? 

Can Carvedilol cause hair loss? 

Yes, Carvedilol is associated with hair loss as a side effect. Carvedilol is a beta-blocker and is used to manage blood pressure and heart rate.  Almost all beta-blockers are known for causing hair loss as a side effect. 

Some people may experience more pronounced hair loss as compared to others. The incidence of hair loss, specifically with Carvedilol, is not fully known. However, it may cause less intense hair loss as compared to other beta-blockers like Metoprolol, Propranolol, Bisoprolol, Labetalol, etc. 

What does research suggest?

There Is limited research on hair loss caused specifically by Carvedilol.  However, research suggests that beta blockers are generally associated with two types of hair loss:

  • Telogen effluvium – in which the medication affects your hair present in the resting phase, whereas the hair in the growth phase continues to grow. This leads to short-term hair loss (1). 
  • Anagen effluvium – in which the medication affects your hair while they are growing and prevents that from happening. This leads to long-term hair loss and it’s not easily reversed (2). 

Carvedilol may restrict the flow of blood towards your scalp, which makes your hair follicles deprived of oxygen and nutrients which are essential for normal hair growth. 

Although it is a common side effect, it may not affect everyone in the same way. Make sure you talk to your healthcare provider about this side effect. 

Is hair loss on Carvedilol reversible? 

Hair loss on Carvedilol is reversible and your hair growth will most likely go back to normal after discontinuing Carvedilol. However, the original quality of your hair may not be restored right away and it may take some time and effort. 

Your doctor may try dose reduction. As the tablets can be split in half if you do it in the right way, you can take your remaining tablets without getting a new prescription. However, dose reduction may not be suitable for everyone, and a low dose may fail to manage your heart rate adequately.

What to do if Carvedilol causes hair loss? 

Talk to your healthcare professional if Carvedilol is causing hair loss. Your doctor will suggest the best possible way to deal with this side effect. If dose reduction is a possibility in your case, your doctor might opt for it. 

Make sure you don’t stop using the medication on your own or change the dose frequency. If these things need to be changed, your doctor will take care of them.

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