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I take 900 lithium (.96 level) and 100 lamictal (25-75 seroquel prn, 40-60 inderal prn)

I think I'm noticing more hair loss than usual, especially when I wash it.

Are there supplements or vitamins I can take or anything I can do?

Thanks,

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Hi Seven,

I'm on 100mg Lamictal, 900mg Eskalith.

I haven't had any noticeable hair loss after a year on it. I do take a full spectrum multivitamin with trace minerals, Centrum, and fish oil capsules.

As I recall the selenium (and possibly some other traces minerals) is recommended to help wih hair loss.  It has been a year or more since I read up on such things so you will have to dig around to find info.

Good luck,

A.M.

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I looked like a cancer victim and my pdoc lowered my Lith. Then I was fine. I think you need to look at your blood levels, But hair loss is a symptom. Maybe get a wig, or pretend to be islamic and wear a head scarf? (Please do not take offense anyone who is islamic or who wears a head scarf. I mean no disrespect to your faith. ) ;)

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Hi,

I don't know about Lithium (was only on it briefly in 1991, and then only a small amount). In a previous thread Lamictal, Refractory Depression/BPII, & Hair Loss, Couple of Qs from a Newbie I posted a list of supplements that are supposed help with this: http://www.crazyboards.org/index.php?showt...indpost&p=78452.

As for me, it looks like my extreme hair loss may be due to menopause. Have been put on new hormones. Really hoping this helps. My doctor said it will take 3 months to see any results.

Good luck!

revlow

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Are there supplements or vitamins I can take or anything I can do?

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Especially since you're on lithium you should get your thyroid checked!!

Lithium can suppress your thyroid function and one of the big indicators of low thyroid hormone is hair loss. It was hair loss in the shower that made me go for the thyroid check and I did need a supplement (and had to drop lithium too) until my thyroid recovered. In fact, it was hair loss this summer that made me go back and discover that my family thyroid issues have caught up with me.

Fiona

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Good point, Fiona...and one I'm always forgetting! Even though I have hypothyroidism myself. ;)

Another thing hair loss can indicate is infection, though that's unlikely to be the case here. When I was in my teens, it was extreme hair loss that sent me to the doctor's office; I then found out I had mononucleosis. It was the first symptom I had, before any of the others hit me.

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I would also suggest adding Vitamin E (I also use selenium and zinc, Im on depakote ER , topamax, and Keppra) and talk to a hairstylist about what kind of products to use, because some hair products build up on hair, and weigh it down.

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