How to Prevent Hair Loss From Prednisone

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How to Prevent Hair Loss From Prednisone
Slow hair loss while on prednisone. (Christopher Robbins/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Prednisone is a drug used to treat inflammatory and immune system diseases. One side effect of prednisone is hair loss. Losing your hair alters your physical appearance and can wreck havoc on your self-esteem. Preventing hair loss from prednisone is not impossible -- although it is difficult to achieve. For best results, try to prevent hair loss and regrow hair simultaneously.

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Things you need

  • Minoxidil hair treatment

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    Talk with your doctor about lowering your prednisone dosage. High dosages often result in precipitating hair loss -- while lower doses can reduce this side effect.

  2. 2

    Purchase a hair regrowth topical formula. Buy a bottle of Rogaine, for example, and massage the shampoo into your scalp as directed. Rogaine contains minoxidil -- a chemical proven to enhance hair growth, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information's website PubMed Health.

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    Keep using the minoxidil for at least four consecutive months.

Tips and warnings

  • While no harmful counter-activity has been found between prednisone and minoxidil, consult with your doctor before settling on the purchase and application of any hair regrowth product.

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