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Review: could Gabapentin cause Hair loss?

Summary: Hair loss is found among people who take Gabapentin, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Neurontin, and have Neuralgia.

We study 37,067 people who have side effects while taking Gabapentin from FDA and social media. Among them, 333 have Hair loss. Find out below who they are, when they have Hair loss and more.

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Gabapentin

Gabapentin has active ingredients of gabapentin. It is often used in neuralgia. (latest outcomes from 39,609 Gabapentin 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 42,705 Hair loss patients)

On Feb, 10, 2015: 37,022 people reported to have side effects when taking Gabapentin. Among them, 333 people (0.90%) have Hair Loss.

Trend of Hair loss in Gabapentin reports

Time on Gabapentin when people have Hair loss * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Hair loss15.52%46.55%6.90%15.52%12.07%3.45%0.00%

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

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Hair loss0.00%0.00%0.00%4.84%14.19%24.84%21.61%34.52%

Severity of Hair loss when taking Gabapentin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Hair loss8.70%56.52%34.78%0.00%

How people recovered from Hair loss ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Hair loss0.00%5.88%94.12%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Neuralgia (36 people, 10.81%)
  2. Multiple sclerosis (32 people, 9.61%)
  3. Anxiety (28 people, 8.41%)
  4. Osteoporosis (24 people, 7.21%)
  5. Pain (21 people, 6.31%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Neurontin (64 people, 19.22%)
  2. Lorazepam (60 people, 18.02%)
  3. Zometa (51 people, 15.32%)
  4. Lyrica (47 people, 14.11%)
  5. Ativan (47 people, 14.11%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

Comments for this study:

M. Hatfield (2 weeks ago):

Female 59 years old. I started taking Gabapentin about a year ago. I was put on a low dose because of a side effect from many years ago. My head just did not feel right so I was concerned about takeing it again. So. I was put on 300 mg. twice a day. It was for lower back pain and RLS. I notice almost immediately that my hair started falling out but did not know what it was. Just tonight did I look it up and found out that it did cause hair loss. This was not told to me before I started taking it. I have complained to two hairdresser who noticed that my hair was falling out to. Now, I do not have half the hair that I used to. I am afraid to use any dye on my hair or any kind of shampoo. This is awful. Now I have to go have my hair cut "short" and layered so that it looks like I have more. This company should have to pay compensation to all of these people like me. It is a shame. I hate it.
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Melybell (3 months ago):

Hi, I was wondering if your hair grew back after stopping the gabapentin? My has been falling out constantly and at an alarming rate since a couple of months after taking this medicine. It does help with the neuropathic pain but I don't think it's worth it to lose my hair.
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pam Cooke (12 months ago):

Is it any better after two years?
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MyHair!! (13 months ago):

I am a woman in my 40's and have taken Lyrica on the increasing schedule for the last month for neuropathic pain. Suddenly my hair is falling out by the clumps! Did your hair grow back when meds were stopped? Did anyone's? This is my 2nd try at this drug as side effects of water retention and malaise were extensive before. I am likely going off it and staying off this time, but I just need to know if anyone got their hair back? I already lost a lot of me on other meds and just can't handle any more!
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chrystie (1 year ago):

I am a 36 yr old female I too have lost hair due to taking gabapentin...like many others it started falling out in shower in alarming rates. My hair was down to the middle of my back and is now just below my ears...only because it has started to grow out...it started breaking off in some spots an inch from my root. This is a severe side effect and if i knew this was going to happeni would of never taken it. I am currently trying to wean off of it after 2 years of 800 mil. 3 xday,but that also is its own battle in its self. Good luck to all in your gabapentinside effects.
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Jane in Florida (1 year ago):

My hair fell out every time I washed it or brushed it when I was taking Lyrica. My doctor switched me over to Gabapentin a month ago and it is still falling out and the hair shaft is very thin and breaks easily. I am a paraplegic and have severe neuropathy from my waist down to the bottom of both feet. Gabapentin helps, but like Lyrica, it only takes away 20% or less of the pain. I will be getting a spinal cord stimulator in 3 weeks and maybe I'll be able to take a very small dose of gabapentin or hopefully none at all.
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Jodie (2 years ago):

I am also female - 32yrs. just noticed over the last month that so much hair is coming out in the shower. i've been on Gabapentin for 2 years but at a low dose. now i am up to 1200mg. hoping it will not get any worse.
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stacey (3 years ago):

I am a 39 yr old female. Prescribed Neurontin for my Fibromyalgia pain. As it has helped, I have been noticing for several months now my hair falling out at alarming rates. I thought perhaps I have Lupus and that's why. But labs all come back ok. I'm thinking I need to get off this drug. I used to have beautiful thick hair. It's so thin and won't stop falling out. Fistfulls after shower and throughout the day. I font know what to do.
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Christina J (3 years ago):

About 8months ago my Dr. put me on gabapentin for back pain that had gone down my leg and was making my toes numb. I have now been through 2 back surgeries and they want to do a spinal fusion surgery next. I said no to thenext surgery. I noticed soon after starting the gabapentin my hair was starting to get shorter at a rate of a couple inches at a time. I have baby fine hair so I can't afford to lose it. It has fallen out to the point I am starting to consider wigs. I know it was the gabapentin now that I see it is making other people lose their hair as well. My hair started out where I could see it under my arms and now it is above my shoulders.
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Jillian Geralds (3 years ago):

I have been off of Gabapentin for 5 months. I am still losing my hair at what seems to be an accelerated rate. I am a 33 year old female. I am in great physical health other than that and follow an above average healthy diet. Their is no history of hair loss in my family. I experienced no hair loss prior to taking this drug.
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