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Review: could Lipitor cause Hair loss?

Summary: Hair loss could be caused by Lipitor, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 2 years, also take Aspirin, and have Blood cholesterol increased.

We study 129,629 people who have side effects while taking Lipitor from FDA and social media. Among them, 1,265 have Hair loss. Find out below who they are, when they have Hair loss and more.

On Apr, 15, 2014: 129,629 people reported to have side effects when taking Lipitor. Among them, 1,265 people (0.98%) have Hair Loss. They amount to 0.56% of all the 226,630 people who have Hair Loss on eHealthMe.

Trend of Hair loss in Lipitor reports

Time on Lipitor when people have Hair loss * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Hair loss13.18%19.38%17.05%24.03%10.85%10.85%4.65%

Gender of people who have Hair loss when taking Lipitor * :

FemaleMale
Hair loss78.58%21.42%

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

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Hair loss0.20%0.10%0.00%0.30%2.52%9.87%20.85%66.16%

Severity of Hair loss when taking Lipitor ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Hair loss7.14%50.00%28.57%14.29%

How people recovered from Hair loss ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Hair loss0.00%12.50%87.50%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Blood cholesterol increased (302 people, 23.87%)
  2. Hypertension (118 people, 9.33%)
  3. Hyperlipidaemia (44 people, 3.48%)
  4. Depression (38 people, 3.00%)
  5. Diabetes mellitus (36 people, 2.85%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (200 people, 15.81%)
  2. Synthroid (93 people, 7.35%)
  3. Atenolol (91 people, 7.19%)
  4. Norvasc (82 people, 6.48%)
  5. Toprol-xl (81 people, 6.40%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • I have always head a thick head of hair and the alopecia started a few years ago.

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  • onset seemed to be a result of taking lipitor, but had amlodipine besylate added to my requirements.

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