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Review: could Metformin cause Alopecia?

We study 97,208 people who have side effects while taking Metformin from FDA and social media. Among them, 562 have Alopecia. Find out below who they are, when they have Alopecia and more.

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Metformin

Metformin (latest outcomes from 100,693 users) has active ingredients of metformin hydrochloride. It is often used in diabetes.

Alopecia

Alopecia (absence of hair from areas of the body) (latest reports from 228,118 patients) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, depression.

On Jul, 13, 2014: 97,167 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin. Among them, 562 people (0.58%) have Alopecia. They amount to 0.25% of all the 227,951 people who have Alopecia on eHealthMe.

Trend of Alopecia in Metformin reports

Time on Metformin when people have Alopecia * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Alopecia11.76%35.29%7.84%7.84%25.49%5.88%5.88%

Gender of people who have Alopecia when taking Metformin * :

FemaleMale
Alopecia89.57%10.43%

Age of people who have Alopecia when taking Metformin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Alopecia0.00%0.00%0.21%3.52%7.66%21.33%24.64%42.65%

Severity of Alopecia when taking Metformin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Alopecia6.45%58.06%25.81%9.68%

How people recovered from Alopecia ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Alopecia0.00%6.25%93.75%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Diabetes mellitus (146 people, 25.98%)
  2. Hypertension (101 people, 17.97%)
  3. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (77 people, 13.70%)
  4. Blood cholesterol (46 people, 8.19%)
  5. Pain (44 people, 7.83%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Metformin hcl (356 people, 63.35%)
  2. Byetta (101 people, 17.97%)
  3. Simvastatin (86 people, 15.30%)
  4. Aspirin (66 people, 11.74%)
  5. Lisinopril (61 people, 10.85%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (4 months ago):

  • Over past 6+ years, hair has thinned by half.

    Reply

    help on Apr, 9, 2014:

    hair loss maybe due to thyroid issues?

    Reply

  • From this study (4 months ago):

  • I have been losing my hair consistently since I have been taking Metformin to control blood sugar. Is it possible that the hair loss is related to taking the Metformin?

    Reply

  • From this study (6 months ago):

  • I started taking the Crestor and Metformin 5 months ago. Around a month and a half of taking the medicines I noticed my hair coming out more then usual and now it is so very, very noticeable. I have talked to my Dr's and they are not helping me with this matter. Can someone please tell me what to do to stop this from happening????

    Reply

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