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Review: could Gabapentin cause Hair loss?

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

We study 36,666 people who have side effects while taking Gabapentin from FDA and social media. Among them, 326 have Hair loss. Find out below who they are, when they have Hair loss and more.

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Gabapentin

Gabapentin (latest outcomes from 39,166 users) has active ingredients of gabapentin. It is often used in neuralgia.

Hair loss

Hair loss (latest reports from 226,696 patients) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, depression.

On Apr, 14, 2014: 36,656 people reported to have side effects when taking Gabapentin. Among them, 326 people (0.89%) have Hair Loss. They amount to 0.14% of all the 226,601 people who have Hair Loss on eHealthMe.

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 loss17.65%49.02%5.88%15.69%11.76%0.00%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%4.62%14.52%25.08%20.79%34.98%

Severity of Hair loss when taking Gabapentin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Hair loss12.50%62.50%25.00%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. Neuralgia (36 people, 11.04%)
  2. Multiple sclerosis (32 people, 9.82%)
  3. Anxiety (28 people, 8.59%)
  4. Osteoporosis (24 people, 7.36%)
  5. Pain (19 people, 5.83%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Neurontin (64 people, 19.63%)
  2. Lorazepam (60 people, 18.40%)
  3. Zometa (51 people, 15.64%)
  4. Ativan (47 people, 14.42%)
  5. Lyrica (47 people, 14.42%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

Comments for this study:

pam Cooke (1 month ago):

Is it any better after two years?
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MyHair!! (1 month 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 (3 months 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 (6 months 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 (9 months 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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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  • From this study (8 months ago):

  • me on Jun, 18, 2012:

    I have just made the connection. I have been on & off of neurontin over the course of several years and I thought it was the stress causing the hair loss. I take neurtontin for stress and anxiety so the use of neurontin coinsides with stress. This time the stress is not so severe but my hair loss is! I started searching and found several references to this. So since I have been through this several times, I know what happens. The hair does grow back but of course it takes time. I hate I have to go through this again!!! This is the last time I take it!

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    E.M. C. on Dec, 26, 2012:

    I have just made the connection myself, and have been using a variety of shampoos and topical steroids. No wonder they aren't working. I took Neurontin in much larger doses when I was first diagnosed with MS. Right now only 2x/day pain and neuropathy. I'm hoping I can get off of it without an increase in pain, because I know it must be hard to have hair loss as a man, but as a woman it's hell.

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    jennifer on Sep, 9, 2013:

    Thank you so much for saying it grows back. Would you believe that I was only on Nuerontin for two weeks and I have lost 60% of my hair. I am only 43 and am scared that even though I have stopped taking it that It will continue to fall out. Not to mention there was zero warning label about hair loss. I am filing a complaint with FDA because these pharm companies shouldn't be able to get away with this. I took the Nuerontin because I have severe crush injuries to both legs, and now I have to deal with this.My doctor prescribed Fluocinonide to rub on scalp as a topical. Does anyone know of this medication? Does it work? Or any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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  • Hoorppat on Jun, 21, 2013:

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