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Review: could Androgel cause Hair loss?

Summary: Hair loss is found among people who take Androgel, especially for people who are 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Lipitor, and have Blood testosterone decreased. We study 4,108 people who have side effects while taking Androgel from FDA and social media. Among them, 81 have Hair loss. Find out below who they are, when they have Hair loss and more.

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Androgel

Androgel has active ingredients of testosterone. It is often used in testosterone. (latest outcomes from 4,426 Androgel users)

Hair loss

Hair loss has been reported by people with high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, depression. (latest reports from 42,762 Hair loss patients)

On Apr, 25, 2015: 4,108 people reported to have side effects when taking Androgel. Among them, 81 people (1.97%) have Hair Loss.

Trend of Hair loss in Androgel reports

Time on Androgel when people have Hair loss * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Hair loss6.25%50.00%6.25%6.25%12.50%18.75%0.00%

Age of people who have Hair loss when taking Androgel * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Hair loss0.00%0.00%2.67%0.00%10.67%20.00%36.00%30.67%

Severity of Hair loss when taking Androgel ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Hair loss0.00%100.00%0.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Hair loss ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Hair loss0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Blood testosterone decreased (38 people, 46.91%)
  2. Accidental exposure (23 people, 28.40%)
  3. Blood cholesterol increased (14 people, 17.28%)
  4. Hypertension (11 people, 13.58%)
  5. Multiple myeloma (5 people, 6.17%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Lipitor (15 people, 18.52%)
  2. Aspirin (11 people, 13.58%)
  3. Testosterone (8 people, 9.88%)
  4. Calcium carbonate (8 people, 9.88%)
  5. Fish oil (8 people, 9.88%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (9 months ago):

  • I started losing my hair more when I started taking the tramadol for pain. I have lost quite a bit of hair since then and started balding on the top of my head. I don't know if it is hormonal or from all the medication I am on because I know that can cause hair loss also. My hair is also limp and lifeless and I have gained about 15 pounds since being on the tramadol. It is the only medication that helps with my pain and chronic anxiety caused by the Cymbalta so I don't know what else to do.

    Reply

    axeman225 on Sep, 17, 2014:

    Hi! I am a 26yr old male. I saw this and seems like we are taking the same meds and I wanted to compare. I have been on tramadol for almost 3 years for herniated discs from playing football. I recently have noticed and heard that long term use affects testosterone levels, so I got bloodwork done...turns out I am below range on all levels...which sucks because I am fit (or was) and pretty big. So my doc prescribed testim 1% 50mg/day (as of yesterday) and I wanted to see how it affected you along with takign the tramadol. I dont have hair issues, but I have had weight gain and general feminization due to loss of testosterone....so gross and sad for me. Idk if you are male or female...but I would love to hear what the combo has done for you. If anyone else can chime in it would be great. (fyi..tramadol is a low dose opiate agonist for pain; testim is testosterone gel)

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  • From this study (1 year ago):

  • Been taking Axiron for 4 months now TT level started at 80. I take 2 pumps per day. Its now up to 180. Now I have noticed hair loss in the front top of my head. I would rather have no energy than loose my hair.my TT level has only went up by a 100 the low level is 300 not sure of the high 1000 or so

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