Could Metformin cause Alopecia - from FDA reports


Summary

Alopecia is found among people who take Metformin, especially for people who are female, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for 6 - 12 months, also take medication Lipitor, and have Diabetes . We study 91,595 people who have side effects while taking Metformin from FDA. Among them, 646 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 diabetes. (latest outcomes from Metformin 183,204 users)

Alopecia

Alopecia (absence of hair from areas of the body) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, hepatitis c, depression (latest reports from 79,115 Alopecia patients).

On Nov, 21, 2016

91,595 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin.
Among them, 646 people (0.71%) have Alopecia


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Metformin cause Alopecia?

Time on Metformin when people have Alopecia *:

  • < 1 month: 0.0 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 17.02 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 23.4 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 6.38 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 21.28 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 23.4 %
  • 10+ years: 8.51 %

Gender of people who have Alopecia when taking Metformin *:

  • female: 85.2 %
  • male: 14.8 %

Age of people who have Alopecia when taking Metformin *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 0.2 %
  • 20-29: 3.62 %
  • 30-39: 5.23 %
  • 40-49: 11.67 %
  • 50-59: 25.75 %
  • 60+: 53.52 %

Severity of Alopecia **:

  • least: 9.38 %
  • moderate: 50.0 %
  • severe: 31.25 %
  • most severe: 9.38 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Diabetes (179 people, 27.71%)
  • High Blood Pressure (131 people, 20.28%)
  • High Blood Cholesterol (113 people, 17.49%)
  • Type 2 Diabetes (89 people, 13.78%)
  • Depression (52 people, 8.05%)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Lipitor (63 people, 9.75%)
  • Vitamin D (58 people, 8.98%)
  • Lisinopril. (56 people, 8.67%)
  • Synthroid (44 people, 6.81%)
  • Simvastatin (43 people, 6.66%)

Top other side effects for these people *:

  • Fatigue (104 people, 16.10%)
  • Diarrhea (93 people, 14.40%)
  • Nausea (90 people, 13.93%)
  • Weight Decreased (79 people, 12.23%)
  • Weakness (73 people, 11.30%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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