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Psychotropics and Hair Loss

Question. Do you know if there is an association between long-term use of antipsychotics or mood stabilizers and hair loss? If so, is there a remedy?

Answer. To my knowledge, hair loss associated with antipsychotic use is very rare, certainly under 3% of patients. On the other hand, one mood stabilizer, valproate (Depakote), is commonly associated with temporary hair loss, usually treatable with a combination of zinc (50 mg/day) and selenium (50 mcg/day). Lithium and carbamazepine (both mood stabilizers) can occasionally also cause hair loss.

Psychotropics and Hair Loss

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