Review: could Hydrocortisone cause Alopecia (Hair loss)?
Summary: Alopecia is found among people who take Hydrocortisone, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Vancomycin, and have Rashes. We study 13,600 people who have side effects while taking Hydrocortisone from FDA and social media. Among them, 73 have Alopecia. Find out below who they are, when they have Alopecia and more.
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Hydrocortisone has active ingredients of hydrocortisone. It is often used in adrenal insufficiency. (latest outcomes from 13,795 Hydrocortisone users)
Alopecia (absence of hair from areas of the body) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, depression. (latest reports from 42,762 Alopecia patients)
On May, 22, 2015: 13,600 people reported to have side effects when taking Hydrocortisone. Among them, 73 people (0.54%) have Alopecia.
Time on Hydrocortisone when people have Alopecia * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
Gender of people who have Alopecia when taking Hydrocortisone * :
Age of people who have Alopecia when taking Hydrocortisone * :
Severity of Alopecia when taking Hydrocortisone ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
How people recovered from Alopecia ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Rash (6 people, 8.22%)
- Non-small cell lung cancer (5 people, 6.85%)
- Hypothyroidism (4 people, 5.48%)
- Osteoporosis (4 people, 5.48%)
- Insomnia (3 people, 4.11%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Vancomycin (11 people, 15.07%)
- Acetaminophen (9 people, 12.33%)
- Famotidine (8 people, 10.96%)
- Lasix (8 people, 10.96%)
- Prednisone (8 people, 10.96%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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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.
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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