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Review: could Forteo cause Hair loss?

Summary: Hair loss could be caused by Forteo, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take Aspirin, and have Osteoporosis.

We study 56,561 people who have side effects while taking Forteo from FDA and social media. Among them, 389 have Hair loss. Find out below who they are, when they have Hair loss and more.

On Apr, 13, 2014: 56,571 people reported to have side effects when taking Forteo. Among them, 389 people (0.69%) have Hair Loss. They amount to 0.17% of all the 226,579 people who have Hair Loss on eHealthMe.

Trend of Hair loss in Forteo reports

Time on Forteo when people have Hair loss * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Hair loss9.26%59.26%12.96%18.52%0.00%0.00%0.00%

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

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Hair loss0.20%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.20%1.81%16.10%81.69%

Severity of Hair loss when taking Forteo ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Hair loss0.00%60.00%20.00%20.00%

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. Osteoporosis (389 people, 100.00%)
  2. Sleep disorder (26 people, 6.68%)
  3. Muscle spasms (23 people, 5.91%)
  4. Hypertension (21 people, 5.40%)
  5. Neuralgia (12 people, 3.08%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (89 people, 22.88%)
  2. Vitamin d (81 people, 20.82%)
  3. Folic acid (76 people, 19.54%)
  4. Multi-vitamin (69 people, 17.74%)
  5. Nexium (58 people, 14.91%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (5 months ago):

  • Does this drug cause hair loss? I have many other symptoms from it, but this one would be intolerable. Not sure if it is coming from Forteo but other woman have reported it has.

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  • From this study (1 year ago):

  • I have lost approximately 75% of my hair since I started taking Forteo in mid-August of 2012. I started out with extremely thick hair so this loss is huge, and it's obvious I will end up with no hair. It's a frightening prospect and terrible trade-off to re-build bone tissue.

    Reply

  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • I have been using Forteo for 20 months (4 more to go) and I have experienced significant hair loss from the center of my scalp to the back. There is significant thinning of the hair in only those places.

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