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Review: could Metformin cause Alopecia (Hair loss)?





Summary: Alopecia is found among people who take Metformin, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Metformin hcl, and have Diabetes mellitus.

We study 97,386 people who have side effects while taking Metformin from FDA and social media. Among them, 570 have Alopecia. Find out below who they are, when they have Alopecia and more.

You are not alone: join a mobile support group for people who take Metformin and have Alopecia >>>

Metformin

Metformin has active ingredients of metformin hydrochloride. It is often used in diabetes. (latest outcomes from Metformin 100,917 users)

Alopecia

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 Alopecia 41,550 patients)

On Nov, 28, 2014: 97,351 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin. Among them, 570 people (0.59%) have Alopecia.

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
Alopecia10.17%32.20%10.17%6.78%23.73%11.86%5.08%

Gender of people who have Alopecia when taking Metformin * :

FemaleMale
Alopecia89.54%10.46%

Age of people who have Alopecia when taking Metformin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Alopecia0.00%0.00%0.20%3.87%7.54%21.18%25.05%42.16%

Severity of Alopecia when taking Metformin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Alopecia5.13%56.41%30.77%7.69%

How people recovered from Alopecia ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Alopecia0.00%5.00%95.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Diabetes mellitus (146 people, 25.61%)
  2. Hypertension (101 people, 17.72%)
  3. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (77 people, 13.51%)
  4. Blood cholesterol (46 people, 8.07%)
  5. Pain (46 people, 8.07%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Metformin hcl (356 people, 62.46%)
  2. Byetta (101 people, 17.72%)
  3. Simvastatin (87 people, 15.26%)
  4. Aspirin (66 people, 11.58%)
  5. Lisinopril (63 people, 11.05%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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