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Review: could Lithium carbonate cause Alopecia?

Summary: Alopecia could be caused by Lithium carbonate, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 2 years, also take Lamictal, and have Bipolar disorder.

We study 14,693 people who have side effects while taking Lithium carbonate from FDA and social media. Among them, 92 have Alopecia. Find out below who they are, when they have Alopecia and more.

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On Apr, 11, 2014: 14,591 people reported to have side effects when taking Lithium carbonate. Among them, 92 people (0.63%) have Alopecia. They amount to 0.04% of all the 226,549 people who have Alopecia on eHealthMe.

Trend of Alopecia in Lithium carbonate reports

Time on Lithium carbonate when people have Alopecia * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Alopecia0.00%18.18%18.18%45.45%18.18%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Alopecia when taking Lithium carbonate * :

FemaleMale
Alopecia75.96%24.04%

Age of people who have Alopecia when taking Lithium carbonate * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Alopecia0.00%0.00%2.67%9.33%21.33%28.00%28.00%10.67%

Severity of Alopecia when taking Lithium carbonate ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Alopecia0.00%50.00%50.00%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. Bipolar disorder (30 people, 32.61%)
  2. Bipolar i disorder (11 people, 11.96%)
  3. Migraine (8 people, 8.70%)
  4. Depression (7 people, 7.61%)
  5. Hepatitis c (7 people, 7.61%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Lamictal (14 people, 15.22%)
  2. Clonazepam (12 people, 13.04%)
  3. Effexor (10 people, 10.87%)
  4. Zoloft (10 people, 10.87%)
  5. Seroquel (9 people, 9.78%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • 9 year old boy. 1 1/2" diameter bald spot on head. Sore scalp all over.

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  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • Lisa Seat on Jun, 5, 2012:

    I have been taking Lithium for 30years. In the past year, my hair has been thinning fairly moderately. Is Lithium causing the hair loss? Can I restore my hair? HELP!!

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