Can Doxycycline cause or trigger hair loss?

I have recently been prescribed Doxycycline antibiotic for my acne. I am currently still suffering from 12 months of telogen effluvium. I am a little scared to start any type of oral treatments now. Is there any chance That Doxycycline cause any more shedding? Thank you.

Doctor Answers 3

Doxycycline and likelihood of hair shedding

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Thanks for your question. The likelihood that doxycycline will cause or increase shedding is very low. Doxycycline is a first line treatment for a  hair loss condition known as lichen planopilaris. I would consult with the physician in charge of treating you.

Bernardino A. Arocha, MD


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Doxycycline should not cause hair loss.I did look it up on the internet and although there are a few reports by people who set up this connection but there is no proof of such a connection

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Doxycyline and telogen effluvium

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Any drug has the potential to trigger shedding. Drugs are categorized according to having either a high likelihood, moderate likelihood or low likelihood of causing shedding.
Doxycycline has a low likelihood. It is not a common cause of shedding.

Jeff Donovan, MD, PhD
Vancouver Dermatologist

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