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Review: could Glimepiride cause Alopecia?

Summary: Alopecia could be caused by Glimepiride, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 5 - 10 years, also take Lisinopril, and have Diabetes mellitus.

We study 10,084 people who have side effects while taking Glimepiride from FDA and social media. Among them, 29 have Alopecia. Find out below who they are, when they have Alopecia and more.

On Apr, 11, 2014: 10,084 people reported to have side effects when taking Glimepiride. Among them, 29 people (0.29%) have Alopecia. They amount to 0.01% of all the 226,549 people who have Alopecia on eHealthMe.

Trend of Alopecia in Glimepiride reports

Time on Glimepiride when people have Alopecia * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Alopecia0.00%0.00%20.00%20.00%20.00%40.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Alopecia when taking Glimepiride * :

FemaleMale
Alopecia90.91%9.09%

Age of people who have Alopecia when taking Glimepiride * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Alopecia0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%6.67%13.33%80.00%

Severity of Alopecia when taking Glimepiride ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Alopecia25.00%75.00%0.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Alopecia ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Alopecia0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Diabetes mellitus (12 people, 41.38%)
  2. Hypertension (10 people, 34.48%)
  3. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (4 people, 13.79%)
  4. Breast cancer (3 people, 10.34%)
  5. Depression (2 people, 6.90%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Lisinopril (10 people, 34.48%)
  2. Norvasc (8 people, 27.59%)
  3. Clonidine (7 people, 24.14%)
  4. Metformin hcl (6 people, 20.69%)
  5. Lipitor (4 people, 13.79%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • I have two bald spots and can not find a solution. I have been to dermatologist and a GP with no answers. Came across the mention of a high incidence of a relationship between Alopecia and the use of Wellbutrin. I have been on the generic (bupropion hydrochlioride) for a long time.
    I am wondering if others who are on this medication have experienced this side effect.

    Reply

    BrightGlow on May, 31, 2012:

    Male,26..After 3years on Wellbutrin (still taking it 300mg/day) I have extreme hair thinning and alopecia .. I hope stop the medication will reverse thin condition..

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    MissBunch on Jun, 25, 2012:

    Had this problem with med Buspar. I think chemically related. Hair loss improved with discontinuation of med, but did not stop. Most of these drugs seem to cause trouble. If you are NOT allergic to wool, try Toppik powder from Sally Beauty. Fills in bald spots.

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    Frank Dypka on Aug, 21, 2012:

    Iam a male 71 years old and have diabetes. I take Metformin HCL 500MG, Losartan Potassium and Simvastatin 20MG. I have notoced three bald spots under my longer hair, mostly on the back of my head.

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    Jenn on Oct, 1, 2012:

    On goodness I have been on wellbutrin for about a year. The Dr raised to 300 mg and I have lost almost half of my hair! It is very scary! I am also on thyroid, and Methadone. The hair loss started after the hike of Wellbutrin. Has anyone stopped it to see if helps?

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    W. Tsan on Nov, 1, 2012:

    You are lucky. I took it for barely two weeks and got tininitus. It was three years ago and I still got tinnitus.

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