Zoloft Hair Loss

Zoloft Hair Loss 

What To Do About Zoloft Hair Loss

One of the side effects of Zoloft, hair loss generally occurs in less than one percent of patients taking this antidepressant.



Paxil and Prozac also cause hair loss in some patients.

Fortunately, there is an easy solution to Zoloft hair loss. But first, let’s look at the bigger picture. When you think of hair loss associated with pharmaceuticals, the first thing that comes to mind are chemotherapy drugs.

Not just chemotherapy drugs, but many different types of drugs can cause hair loss as a side effect. Acne medicine, blood thinners, anti-inflammatory medicine, cholesterol lowering drugs and even birth control pills are just a few examples.

Also, stress itself can lead to hair loss. And since stress is so often present with those taking antidepressants, it’s certainly possible that Zoloft isn’t even the problem. It could be stress. Either way, there are steps you can take to reverse the hair loss.

Why Zoloft Causes Hair Loss

Pfizer, the manufacturer of Zoloft, states that no studies have been done on Zoloft and hair loss. But here’s one possible answer:

Most antidepressants contain fluoride. From this article on Wikipedia -

“The fluorine atom is pervasive in drugs, e.g. Prozac, and many other substances such as freon, Teflon, and blood serum…”

Fluoride is poisonous, and in large enough concentrations creates all sorts of problems. Among its many other effects, it suppresses the thyroid gland. The thyroid produces thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolic processes in the body.

According to the National Research Council, a reduction of thyroid activity can lead to loss of mental acuity, depression and weight gain. But that’s not all it does.

When you suppress the function of the thyroid, one of the problems is that it can cause hair loss. Therefore, it’s possible that it’s the fluoride in Zoloft that causes hair loss. Again, this is only a theory.

What To Do About Zoloft Hair Loss

Obviously, one option is to simply taper slowly off the Zoloft and develop new ways to handle your depression or anxiety or OCD or whatever other problem caused you to start taking Zoloft in the first place.

Most anecdotal evidence suggests that once you stop taking Zoloft, the hair loss stops, and the hair slowly grows back.

But lets say that for whatever reason, you want to stay on the Zoloft. What then?

The reason fluoride may interfere with thyroid function is because it causes various trace minerals such as selenium, zinc, copper and magnesium, that are essential for good hair health, to become unavailable to the body.

The obvious solution, therefore, is to take a good quality multivitamin and mineral supplement. Anecdotally, this has been reported to reverse the Zoloft hair loss even without tapering off the Zoloft.

The two main ingredients you may need are selenium and zinc, in the following doses:

Selenium: 50 to 150 mcg/day

Zinc: 15 to 50 mg/day

Other considerations:

Stress – extreme emotional distress – can cause hair loss all by itself. But it usually takes several months for the hair loss to start after the stress starts. (Or, after you start taking Zoloft.)

If you’re prone to hair loss, then it might not be due solely to taking Zoloft. It could be stress induced. It could be your body reacting to stress. In any case, working on reducing the stress would be a good addition to taking nutritional supplements. And what’s the best way to reduce your stress levels?

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