Hair loss isn’t a listed side effect of using Ozempic for chronic weight management. However, you may experience it while using Ozempic. So, what causes hair loss while using Ozempic?
Hair loss due to using Ozempic is less common. However, clinical trials of Wegony- its sister drug- have shown a 3% prevalence rate of hair loss among patients. It’s worth noting that the prescription for Wegony is much higher than for Ozempic and that could be the cause.
Other GLP-1 agonist drugs that resulted in hair loss at their highest dosages during clinical trials include the following;
However, the effect of hair loss is short-term because of the rapid change in diet and increased stress levels in the body. After your body gets accustomed to the drug, your hair will regrow.
Several factors lead to hair loss while using semaglutide- Ozempic and Wegony. Read on to learn more.
There’s a strong connection between prevailing medical conditions to hair loss. It’s known that type 2 diabetes may cause hair loss by encouraging the development of alopecia areata. This is an auto-immune disease that attacks your hair follicles and leaves you partially or entirely bald on your face and head.
Also, hair loss may be a symptom of medullary thyroid cancer, especially if you have a family history of its presence. It reinforces the belief that hair loss isn’t a result of using Ozempic for weight loss but due to the existing medical condition.
As such, you should use Ozempic to lower blood sugar levels. It contributes to treating type 2 diabetes to limit hair loss.
We all lose hair now and then. But, it becomes serious when it occurs in lumps over a short time. In this case, you’ll be experiencing telogen effluvium, which is the thinning or shedding of hair around your head due to increased stress levels or a rapid body change.
There are two types of telogen effluvium— acute and chronic. In acute telegon effluvium, you lose most of your hair in less than six months. This process kick-starts two to three months after your body is triggered.
In chronic telogen effluvium, you lose handfuls of hair first, but the process lasts for more than six months. In the long run, you won’t identify the stressor, and you don’t get to be bald before your hair regrows.
During the growth stage, you can treat your hair or leave it to regrow on its own after three to six months. The stages of hair growth will include the following;
This stage encompasses around 85% of your current hair follicles. It’s the most active stage of hair growth, with hair follicles continuously subdividing as they elongate your hair strands.
The catagen stage facilitates the resting of the hair growth cycle, whereby the hair follicles stop subdividing and growing. It accounts for around 7% of your hair growth cycle.
It’s the inactive stage in the growth cycle characterized by a white bulb of keratin at the root of the hair follicle until the follicle is shed. It accounts for almost 8% of the hair growth cycle.
When experiencing telogen effluvium, almost 72% of your hair in the anagen stage becomes inactive and eventually sheds. As a result, you experience hair loss.
Ozempic for weight loss results in physical stress to your body. This is because you lose 5% to 15% of your body weight within a short span, making it difficult for your body to adapt to the changes resulting in hair loss.
Physical stressors and dieting work hand in hand. Do you remember that Ozempic work by limiting your appetite to achieve weight loss? It translates to reduced food intake and probably a poor diet. As a result, your body will respond by prioritizing nutrients and resources to the essential body functions. Non-essential functions like hair growth will lack nutrients and result in the shedding of hair.