Metformin and 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 1 - 6 months, also take medication Simvastatin, and have Diabetes . We study 176,252 people who have side effects while taking Metformin from FDA. Among them, 1,126 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 183,350 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 79,227 Alopecia patients).

On Jan, 23, 2017

176,252 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin.
Among them, 1,126 people (0.64%) have Alopecia


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Metformin cause Alopecia?

Time on Metformin when people have Alopecia *:

  • < 1 month: 6.82 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 50.0 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 27.27 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 2.27 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 9.09 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 4.55 %
  • 10+ years: 0.0 %

Gender of people who have Alopecia when taking Metformin *:

  • female: 86.52 %
  • male: 13.48 %

Age of people who have Alopecia when taking Metformin *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 0.34 %
  • 20-29: 3.25 %
  • 30-39: 5.61 %
  • 40-49: 15.04 %
  • 50-59: 24.24 %
  • 60+: 51.52 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Diabetes (303 people, 26.91%)
  • High Blood Pressure (202 people, 17.94%)
  • Type 2 Diabetes (175 people, 15.54%)
  • High Blood Cholesterol (175 people, 15.54%)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (75 people, 6.66%)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Simvastatin (116 people, 10.30%)
  • Byetta (107 people, 9.50%)
  • Lipitor (105 people, 9.33%)
  • Lisinopril (87 people, 7.73%)
  • Synthroid (73 people, 6.48%)

Top other side effects for these people *:

  • Fatigue (198 people, 17.58%)
  • Diarrhea (195 people, 17.32%)
  • Weight Decreased (184 people, 16.34%)
  • Nausea (183 people, 16.25%)
  • Headache (150 people, 13.32%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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