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.
We study 97,426 people who have side effects while taking Metformin from FDA and social media. Among them, 571 have Alopecia. Find out below who they are, when they have Alopecia and more.
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Metformin has active ingredients of metformin hydrochloride. It is often used in diabetes. (latest outcomes from 100,962 Metformin users)
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 42,665 Alopecia patients)
On Dec, 29, 2014: 97,386 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin. Among them, 570 people (0.59%) have Alopecia.
Time on Metformin when people have Alopecia * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
Gender of people who have Alopecia when taking Metformin * :
Age of people who have Alopecia when taking Metformin * :
Severity of Alopecia when taking Metformin ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
How people recovered from Alopecia ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Diabetes mellitus (146 people, 25.61%)
- Hypertension (101 people, 17.72%)
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus (77 people, 13.51%)
- Blood cholesterol (46 people, 8.07%)
- Pain (46 people, 8.07%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Metformin hcl (356 people, 62.46%)
- Byetta (101 people, 17.72%)
- Simvastatin (87 people, 15.26%)
- Aspirin (66 people, 11.58%)
- Lisinopril (63 people, 11.05%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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I had some hair thinning over the past 10+ years and was told it was due to HBP and medications. Since taking phentermine and topiramate for weight loss along with the other meds hair loss has tripled at a radical rate. I stopped taking topiramate about a month ago and still the hair keeps falling out. When will it stop and will my hair grow back. The doctor recommended 5% minoxidil along with the vitamins I'm taking. I've been taking 10,000 mcg. Biotin, Hair Skin & Nails, E and Fish oil (used to help reduce the cholesterol).
From this study (3 months ago):
Naprosyn, Vicodin, Ativan and Prilosec are taken only on an as needed basis. Some of my symptoms are intermittent, and some are chronic. The though the medications may not completely rid me of a symptom (for example, depression or muscle pain), they do improve my condition enough to warrant their continued use. I'm much better off taking them than not.
The oral issues I'm having all began around the same time in the last year. I first noticed a sensitivity for spicy food I had never experienced. I can no longer use adult toothpaste because the minty flavors are so provinces as to cause pain. The gum irritation comes and goes as does the severity of the other oral pain I experience.
My hair loss I can describe as severe as it can be without having visible bald spots. Whereas I once had unusually thick hair (a ponytail of around 1.5 inches), I have lost so much that my ponytail now measures about .5 inches.
Sumac on Oct, 24, 2014:
I think a lot of you have disseminated histoplasmosis. Histoplasmosis is carried by bats.
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