Review: could Abilify cause Trichotillomania?
Summary: Trichotillomania is found among people who take Abilify, especially for people who are female, 40-49 old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Neurontin, and have Depression.
We study 28,440 people who have side effects while taking Abilify from FDA and social media. Among them, 10 have Trichotillomania. Find out below who they are, when they have Trichotillomania and more.
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Abilify has active ingredients of aripiprazole. It is often used in depression. (latest outcomes from 30,194 Abilify users)
Trichotillomania (the compulsive urge to pull out (and in some cases, eat) one's own hair leading to noticeable hair loss, distress) has been reported by people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, acne, stress and anxiety, hepatitis c. (latest reports from 275 Trichotillomania patients)
On Feb, 7, 2015: 28,432 people reported to have side effects when taking Abilify. Among them, 10 people (0.04%) have Trichotillomania.
Time on Abilify when people have Trichotillomania * :
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Gender of people who have Trichotillomania when taking Abilify * :
Age of people who have Trichotillomania when taking Abilify * :
Severity of Trichotillomania when taking Abilify ** :
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How people recovered from Trichotillomania ** :
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Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Depression (8 people, 80.00%)
- Schizophrenia, paranoid type (1 people, 10.00%)
- Compulsions (1 people, 10.00%)
- Major depression with psychotic features (1 people, 10.00%)
- Adult hypothyroidism (1 people, 10.00%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Neurontin (6 people, 60.00%)
- Effexor xr (6 people, 60.00%)
- Effexor (6 people, 60.00%)
- Depakote (6 people, 60.00%)
- Klonopin (2 people, 20.00%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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