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Topic: Hair Loss and Tamoxifen

Forum: Hormonal Therapy - Before, During and After — Risks and benefits, side effects, and costs of anti-estrogen medications.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2011 05:26AM, edited Jun 25, 2011 05:28AM by mrsbeasley38

mrsbeasley38 wrote:

I thought I had been losing more hair than usual lately.  But after 3.5 mnths on "T" I noticed a BARE patch on my scalp about size of .5 in by .5 inch above one of my ears.  Very noticeable when my hair is pulled back.  I have not had any other problems since starting 'cept a little warmness in the night when I sleep.  I also started a synthroid drug that may cause hair loss 4 months ago.  I did not notice any extra hair loss from the synthroid  after being on it for 4 weeks.  My bathroom floor seemed to have more hair on it that was visible after on month of tammie.  :(  I think I saw where someone took Biotin for hair loss while they were on "T" and am wondering if those persons or anyone has had any experience with this.

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Jun 29, 2011 06:10AM nancy2721 wrote:

Me too!!! Sorry, to say. I have been on Tamoxifen for 11 months and knew my hair was getting thinner. I have been on and off meds for Lyme disease for years and attributed to that. But....in the last several weeks I noticed the same spots as you when my hair is pulled back. I used to have so much hair..thick and full. Not anymore. I keep telling myself to be grateful that hair loss is the least of my problems. I hate tamoxifen ...but I think of it as my healing "T" every morning...I'm going to stick with it. Take care ~Nancy

Dx 1/7/2010, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 29, 2011 07:44AM Sherryc wrote:

I have been on Tamox almost 5 months.  AFter being on it three months went to get my haircut and my hairdresser said I was lossing my hair.  I had already notice some spots that were very thin.  I am taking 5000mcg of biotin and my hairdresser put me on Nioxin treatments.  I do think it is slowing down a bit.

Sherry--lump left breast 9/30/10. No chemo, Zometa-6tx over 3 years.Oncotype score 23 with 14% recurrence rate. 34 rads. No family history, BRCA neg. 48 years old @ diagn. BMX/TE 3/26/2012, Exchange surgery 8/21/12, Revision surgery 11/27/12 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 02/06/2011 Surgery 05/11/1997 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my left breast Surgery 09/29/2010 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my left breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Sentinel lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my left side Surgery 11/02/2011 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my right breast Surgery 03/25/2012 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my left breast, Mastectomy of my right breast; Reconstruction of my left breast: Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction of my right breast: Tissue expander placement Surgery 08/20/2012 Reconstruction of my left breast; Reconstruction of my right breast Surgery 11/26/2012 Reconstruction of my left breast; Reconstruction of my right breast Radiation Therapy 12/02/2010
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Jun 29, 2011 08:38AM suzanneinphoenix wrote:

My hair really thinned out while taking Tamoxifen.  It's not getting any better being on Aromasin.  I now own three pretty nice wigs, with a fourth one coming from an online shop Kiss  You can my scalp clear thru my thinning hairs.........I am on Biotin....guess I will look into Nioxin.  I didn't have to do chemo, so I really wasn't prepared for this amount of hair loss...........oh well.
Dx 6/23/2010, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 29, 2011 10:34AM noellech wrote:

No hair loss for me on tamox. Could possibly be related to overall hormone levels. I would think tamox would help. I understood that it acts like estrogen in most of the body except breast tissue and a few other areas. I took biotin as a young woman for hair loss, and my hair really grew, on my head and everywhere else!! Good luck and stay strong.

Dx 6/21/2008, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+