Does chromium cause hair loss?

April 30, 2008 by  
Filed under Side Effects

Does chromium cause hair loss?

QUESTION:

Dear Dr. McLeod,

I am very happy to take chromium picolinate ( 400 mcg daily)
concerning my depression. I always feel energetic and am
well-composed with my relationships.
Therefore I was reading on the net some people talking about hair loss
with chromium. What do you think about? Is it a problem of dosage,
anything else or is there no link with the supplement?

Best regards,

A.C.
Paris, France

ANSWER: I am not aware that chromium causes hair loss. I am aware that the mood stabilizing drug, Depakote, can cause hair loss. To treat that, 200 mcg of selenium and 50 mg of zinc per day, is helpful in some people. I wonder if selenium and zinc might stop or reverse your hair loss. Please let me know.

Thank you for your question.
Malcolm McLeod, MD