1. Jackie
    October 29, 2016 @ 5:31 pm

    My hair is actually growing like crazy since I started on diltiazem. Perhaps it’s something else. I am supplementing with biotin and b complex. Maybe I’m just in a growth phase. Not having hair loss though.

  2. Jane
    May 26, 2015 @ 7:56 pm

    Diltiazem is a calcium channel blocker, not a beta blocker. Anyone taking either had best know the difference. Hair loss here, too.

  3. Kevin
    September 24, 2010 @ 5:47 am

    I had two extreme attacks of AF requiring hospitalization when taking Finesteride & Flomax for prostate problems. GPs & Medics were totally unaware of this possibility & suggested yet more cardiac med. No way! I stopped all medications & AF has never recurred.

    Physician heal thyself!

  4. Valli
    June 12, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

    I was diagnoised with a-fib. Prior to this I was having some hair thining. After being perscribed diltiazem my hair started to almost shed, and still is. I called the mfg. of diltiazem and I was told hair loss is not a side effect. So why do I read sites that state diltiazem causes hair loss while other say “No”.

  5. Bill - Managing Publisher
    June 30, 2008 @ 12:19 pm

    Dr. Meshkin,

    Thank you for your professional imput on this highly important topic. It does appear that the best remedy is to swtich to another medication that doesn’t contain beta blockers that effectively treats A.Fib.

    I assume however, that you wouldn’t have your female patients use Propecia (finasteride), unless under certain conditions? I know that women who are of child bearing age and want children are advised against taking it.


    Associate Publisher

  6. Dr. Mike Meshkin
    June 30, 2008 @ 12:57 am

    Studies have shown that beta blockers are associated with hair loss. I had several patients who were placed on betablockers by their cardialogists and experienced general thinning mostly in the frontal and crown area. Following my recommendations, they switched to a different medication which didnot have the side effect. I also suggested to start using vitamin supplementation and propecia, and after a few months their hair starts to grow back. For my clients who are on antihypertensive medications, I am reluctant to recommend minoxidil because it could interfer with their antihypertensive therapy.

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