Review: could Metformin cause Alopecia?
(By eHealthMe on Mar, 9, 2014)
Severity ratings: 2.3/4
On a scale of 1 to 4: 1=least, 2=moderate, 3=severe, 4=most severe
We study 91,513 people who take Metformin. Among them, 558 have Alopecia. See who they are, when they have Alopecia and more. This review is based on reports from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.
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Metformin (latest outcomes from 100,457 users) has active ingredients of metformin hydrochloride. It is often used in diabetes, type 2 diabetes. Commonly reported side effects of Metformin include blood glucose increased, nausea, nausea aggravated, weight decreased, nausea and vomiting.
Alopecia (absence of hair from areas of the body) (latest reports from 223,925 patients) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, depression.
On Mar, 9, 2014: 91,513 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin. Among them, 558 people (0.61%) have Alopecia. They amount to 0.25% of all the 222,767 people who have Alopecia.
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Gender of people who have Alopecia when taking Metformin * :
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Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Diabetes mellitus (146 people, 26.16%)
- Hypertension (101 people, 18.10%)
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus (77 people, 13.80%)
- Blood cholesterol (46 people, 8.24%)
- Pain (44 people, 7.89%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Metformin hcl (356 people, 63.80%)
- Byetta (101 people, 18.10%)
- Simvastatin (86 people, 15.41%)
- Aspirin (66 people, 11.83%)
- Lisinopril (61 people, 10.93%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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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????
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are any of my medicines causing my hair loss
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Over past 6+ years, hair has thinned by half.
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