Can you trigger early pattern hair loss from use of certain drugs?
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hair loss can occur from any number of medications. it takes a while to note the results from the medications, not hours. you should have a consultation with a hair restoration surgeon who can evaluate your scalp and hair, and discuss with you the options you have, but surgical and nonsurgical.
Hair Loss - Telogen Effluvium
The sudden shock experience by the body after using recreational drugs and cause telogen effluvium which can lead to thinning, shedding and loss of hair.
Single dose of unknown pills
I would doubt that a single does of an unknown pill would start the genetic balding process. You were probably balding at the time you noticed.
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How quick can hair loss occur?
Hair loss from medications, drugs, pills generally takes 2-8 weeks. Even the most potent of medications take a few weeks. Hair loss from drugs does not occur within hours.
But yes you can trigger pattern hair loss from drugs. Anything that causes telogen effluvium can cause accelerated patterned loss and some drugs themselves can lead to patterned hair loss in susceptible individuals.