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Over-the-Counter Help for Hair Loss

By the age of 35, approximately 40% of men suffer some level of hair loss. That number jumps to 65% by the age of 60. Surprisingly, the numbers are even higher for women. By the age of 40, approximately 40% of women suffer some level of hair loss. That number jumps to a whopping 80% by the age of 60!


Supplementing with Biotin has been shown to help prevent hair loss. Biotin is vitamin B7, and it helps produce keratin—a protein that develops skin, nails, and hair. Many physicians recommend Biotin to patients suffering from alopecia, a condition that leads to patchy baldness. While many report that Biotin makes nails thicker and helps prevent hair loss, Biotin does NOT grow new hair. You can get Biotin through your dietary choices. It can be found in eggs, salmon, pork chops, sweet potatoes, almonds, and broccoli.


Hair loss in many patients starts with a Biotin deficiency. Other symptoms of Biotin deficiency include brittle nails; dry skin; pink eye; depression; exhaustion; hallucinations; numbness/tingling in your arms and legs; and a red, scaly rash, usually around the eyes, nose and mouth. There are some medications that can cause a Biotin deficiency including beta-blockers (blood pressure medications), blood thinners, anticonvulsants (seizure/epilepsy medications), and retinoids (topical for acne and reducing wrinkles).


Biotin is exceedingly safe to take orally. Most adults take 2-5gm (2,000-5,000mcg) daily to help with skin, nails, and hair. Taking too much Biotin can result in stomach issues, trouble sleeping, kidney problems, and/or skin rashes. At 5gm and higher, it can interfere with lab work by mimicking Graves’ disease, so be sure to tell your physician what you are taking.


As always, if you have any questions, stop by and talk to our supplement specialist.




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*These statements are culmination of the knowledge and experience of the team at Norland Pharmacy. The information provided here is for informational purposes only. Please consult your healthcare provider with questions concerning any medical condition or treatment. Compounded medications are not reviewed by the FDA for safety or efficacy. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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