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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.

We study 97,507 people who have side effects while taking Metformin from FDA and social media. Among them, 572 have Alopecia. Find out below who they are, when they have Alopecia and more.

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Metformin

Metformin has active ingredients of metformin hydrochloride. It is often used in type 2 diabetes. (latest outcomes from 101,036 Metformin 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 42,734 Alopecia patients)

On Mar, 31, 2015: 97,488 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin. Among them, 572 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
Alopecia9.84%31.15%9.84%6.56%24.59%13.11%4.92%

Gender of people who have Alopecia when taking Metformin * :

FemaleMale
Alopecia89.40%10.60%

Age of people who have Alopecia when taking Metformin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Alopecia0.00%0.00%0.20%3.85%7.51%21.30%25.15%41.99%

Severity of Alopecia when taking Metformin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Alopecia4.88%56.10%31.71%7.32%

How people recovered from Alopecia ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Alopecia0.00%4.55%95.45%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Diabetes mellitus (146 people, 25.52%)
  2. Hypertension (101 people, 17.66%)
  3. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (77 people, 13.46%)
  4. Blood cholesterol (46 people, 8.04%)
  5. Pain (46 people, 8.04%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Metformin hcl (356 people, 62.24%)
  2. Byetta (101 people, 17.66%)
  3. Simvastatin (87 people, 15.21%)
  4. Aspirin (66 people, 11.54%)
  5. Lisinopril (63 people, 11.01%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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