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I lost half the amount of hair that I had as a side effect

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I lost half the amount of hair that I had as a side effect of keppra. I have been off it for aprx 6 months now. I am asking will my hair grow back. Or has keppra killed the hair follicles. As well is there anything a dermotolgist can prescribe me to help grow my hair back
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dermatology
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Expert:  Dr Basu replied 4 years ago.
Hi there,
I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to help you with your concerns.

I am sorry to hear that.
You hair will grow back gradually but may take months.
Keppra related side effects will gradually subside.
In the meantime, Minoxidil topical lotion ( Rogaine) can be used daily to promote hair growth.
THis is available over the counter.
Another option is to consider local steroid injection in the scalp to stimulate hair growth.
THis is performed by a dermatologist.
You should consider seeing a dermatologist to discuss these good options.

Best wishes