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Re: Hair Loss on Warfarin
Reply #20 by Char
Posted: June 27, 2008 at 16:33
Hey Shana, that very well could be a issue, but Biotin is not costly and worth a try. After my third child I noticed some thinning of my hair and took Biotin. The thinning stopped and new hair grew. The hair loss could have been because of the hormone change in my body. But I blamed the hair recovery on the Biotin. I noticed today after washing my hair I lost 5 hairs, not bad. I noticed new hair.
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Re: Hair Loss on Warfarin
Reply #21 by Valerie
Posted: June 27, 2008 at 19:40
My DVT clinic nurse threw it in about hair loss very casually (when in fact I was asking about something else entirely) - So its rubbish if they say its not a side effect of warfarin.

I have already lost my hair completely once due to Chemo and its just started looking 'normal' again. Aarrgh.

Even thinning is unpleasant for you and you do have my sympathy.

I am also chilly but then I am usually abnormally hot so I'm hoping everything will even out.

I'd like to take this oportunity to say Hi to everyone as I am new to this forum.

I have infact posted a question of my own but so far not been lucky enough to get a reply :o(

Wishing you all health and happiness, Valerie x
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Re: Hair Loss on Warfarin
Reply #22 by Catherin
Posted: June 28, 2008 at 12:13
I had massive hair loss from my first clot. I was then off the Warfarin for a few years and my hair grew back. Before loosing it it was a beautiful light, light blonde and when it grew back it was a red-black colour. I was mortified. It did lighten up again but never to it's full glory. A few weeks ago I was diagnosed with my third clot and am back on the meds again. My hair is thinner already and i am guessing it will only get worse. I am still in my thirties. Am very sad. I feel it affects how I feel as a women. My hair defines me in some ways. My husband has said not to worry and that he will buy me some beautiful wigs and that I could look forward to that as I could have different styles and colours to match my mood. I found walking with a stick terrible to start with but I did get used to it so I guess the same will be with my hair. (I am getting uspet just writing this... didn't realise how affected I have been by something that may seem to others trivial.)
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Re: Hair Loss on Warfarin
Reply #23 by Char
Posted: June 28, 2008 at 13:33
My hair loss has been very minimal, but I look at it as, better no hair then losing my life. I have 8 months more of Warfarin and the hair outcome is still unknown. So far Biotin is making new hair growth.
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Re: Hair Loss on Warfarin
Reply #24 by Catherine
Posted: June 28, 2008 at 15:14
Has anybody on lifelong warfarin found that their hair growth has improved naturally over time?
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Re: Hair Loss on Warfarin
Reply #25 by selina
Posted: July 1, 2008 at 17:42
Does anybody know if biotin is safe to take whilst on Warfarin and what dosage should I take. My hair is falling out alot, I'm 34 on Warfarin for life, it's very very upsetting. Vain I know, but I like my hair.
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Re: Hair Loss on Warfarin
Reply #26 by Char
Posted: July 1, 2008 at 18:01
Hey Selina

Yes, Biotin is safe to take while on Warfarin; my hair loss has been very minimal. Maybe 2 to 5 hairs every few days, but Biotin causes hair growth and I can see new hair. I wash my hair every other day or sometimes go 3 days, try to be gentle with towel drying, combing, and using a hair dryer. I would not recommend perms. Lucky me I have naturally curly hair and with the Biotin and mugginess it is even more curly. I had started Biotin the second day that I went home from the hospital and I slowly increased my dose, now 1500mcg daily. Suggested 1000mcg daily, not worried about the dose/
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Will DVD be inheriting HD DVD's web features?
Reply #27 by AndimerForts
Posted: July 4, 2008 at 20:17
As the primary backer of HD DVD, Toshiba spent a lot of money developing technology that they didn't get a lot of use out of. Some features from HD DVD players, like upscaling, fit nicely into standard DVD players. Others, like web-enabled content, aren't quite as applicable. Sure you could put the same capabilities into a DVD player, but with no official standard you'd be hard pressed to get anyone to take advantage of it.
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Re: Hair Loss on Warfarin
Reply #28 by Ann
Posted: August 7, 2008 at 19:09
I have been on coumadin for 12 years due to DVT. I have had some extensive blood test done recently and have decided with my Dr. to come off of coumadin. I lost much much hair during the 12 years. My hair is very thin now. I am hoping it will thicken up after I'm off coumadin awhile. I also already notice how much softer my skin is. It is not nearly as dry. Have any of you all noticed extremely dry skin while on coumadin or eczema?
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Re: Hair Loss on Warfarin
Reply #29 by Michelle
Posted: August 8, 2008 at 16:18
I lost my hair years ago due to stress (I was robbed at gunpoint working in a pharmacy). It hadn't yet grown in fully when the DVT hit - and then the hair fell out again. I attributed it to stress. No - the hair isn't back yet - but I'm still on warfarin (7 years post DVT - I'm on warfarin for life).
The one thing I wanted to comment on was the COLD! I've been so freaking cold, and thought it was me just getting older (33). I thought that having no hair was a big part of it too. I never even thought of the warfarin. Very interesting!!!
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Re: Hair Loss on Warfarin
Reply #30 by Faye
Posted: August 8, 2008 at 16:23
Robbed at gun point?! My goodness I come on this forum and people are dealing with some crazy stuff! At 33 you are not old, I am 30 I don't think I am old!! Warfarin has made me colder too - I was already a cold person.

If you google hair loss and stress it explains the cycles that hair grows and dies in far better than I could. My hair has thinned but I am hopeful that it will return. If it doesn't theres nothing much I can do is there?! Like it or lump it!
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Re: Hair Loss on Warfarin
Reply #31 by Sue
Posted: August 8, 2008 at 16:57
Michelle...... what an experience!!!
In terms of the hairloss I've never had the thickest most luxuriant locks but I did notice immediately after the DVT/PE fairly significant hairloss. This was the 2nd time on warfarin anf I have to say first time round I didn't have that problem - the 2nd time I was sicker with the clot and defineitely shocked and upset so maybe that was linked closely to it. After a couple of months it seemed to stop falling outmy hairdresser said it would be would go through cycles and it does seem healthier these days. I'm on warfarin for life too so am living with it... take care all
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Re: Hair Loss on Warfarin
Reply #32 by Char
Posted: August 9, 2008 at 22:11
After my DVT/PE I had shingles and in the hospital another 4 days, worse than the shingles is the medication for shingles. Anyhow had no hair loss after starting on Warfarin 6 months ago and no hair loss after the shitten shingles. But I have taken high does of Biotin since the first week of Warfarin. My Mother did not take Biotin and was almost bald on top. Not sure if hair grows back after Warfarin, my Mother had very little hair come back after taking Warfarin 4 years.
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Re: Hair Loss on Warfarin
Reply #33 by Carole
Posted: August 12, 2008 at 10:43
Mid-May i had a brain tumour removed, but 24 hours after discharge from the hospital i was returned with a massive post operative DVT in my left thigh and was in hospital for another 10 days!!!
Unfortnately i was unable to have warfarin immediately because of the brain operation.I started to take warfarin on the 5th of June 2008 and for the past month i have experienced hair loss which is definitely getting worse! I have only just been introduced to this forum and it is very comforting to know other people have the same problem, and that you are not alone!!

I am very interested in the comments made about Biotin and will be consulting my Doctor.
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Re: Hair Loss on Warfarin
Reply #34 by Char
Posted: August 12, 2008 at 11:34
Hey Carole,
None of my Doctors knew anything about Biotin, learned about the assets of Biotin and other vitamins many years ago. Heck many Doctors are unable to relate the side effects of Warfarin. Do not expect to much. Now some Doctors have info about B12 and Vit D, but do not count on much from Doctors about Vitamins. Anyhow Biotin does not interfere with Warfarin. Good Luck with your recovery.
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Re: Hair Loss on Warfarin
Reply #35 by Michelle
Posted: August 12, 2008 at 15:02
Hell - getting robbed at gunpoint (at a pharmacy) for morphine is only part of the story! You'd think between that, and the massive DVT, that I've had my share of stress in life. I sure hope so. One of these days I'll have to write a book! My husband says I'm a nut magnet - anything weird that's going to happen, is going to happen to me!

I used to have SO much hair that they had to thin it out monthly. My son has the same hair - it's just so heavy, at times I feel sorry for him. It takes forever for it to dry.

I am considering stopping the warfarin - want to see if it makes a difference in my coldness. I just can't bear the thought of another cold winter with no hair and freezing all the time. Living in Canada isn't the best place when you're freezing all the time. I'll have to try to biotin - maybe if I can get some more hair growing, I'll be a bit warmer.
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Re: Hair Loss on Warfarin
Reply #36 by Char
Posted: August 12, 2008 at 21:50
Hey Michelle, because you live in Canada and I live in Florida I wonder if climate has something to do with hair loss. I take Biotin and live in a hot climate; hair loss is not a problem. During summer in Canada it cannot be to, cold, but your winter has to be hard on hair. How many Floridians on Coumadin are having hair loss?
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Re: Hair Loss on Warfarin
Reply #37 by Ann
Posted: August 19, 2008 at 21:30
I am from Oklahoma and it is very hot here and I have hair loss on coumadin and exzema!! I do take biotin.
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Re: Hair Loss on Warfarin
Reply #38 by Char
Posted: August 19, 2008 at 21:56
Hey Ann, did you start the biotin the same week as the coumadin?? Not sure that is important, but that is when I started taking Biotin 6 months ago. My Mother lost a lot of hair on top of her head from Coumadin, she did not take Biotin. No exzema for either of us. I also take 2 different types of multi vitamins, calcium aspartate, calcium orotate, B12, Vit D, and Acidophilus. Could be the whole cocktail of stuff preventing hair loss.

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Re: Hair Loss on Warfarin
Reply #39 by Ann
Posted: August 20, 2008
Hi Char,
I did not start taking the biotin the same time as the coumadin. It was a couple of years later. I too take a lot of multi vitamins, calcium, D, E, Omega 3, etc. etc. I hope now that I'm off coumadin my hair will thicken up, but after a month I see no sign of that. The exzema seems a little better.
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