Review: could Neurontin cause Hair loss?
Summary: Hair loss is found among people who take Neurontin, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Lyrica, and have Pain.
We study 56,265 people who have side effects while taking Neurontin from FDA and social media. Among them, 673 have Hair loss. Find out below who they are, when they have Hair loss and more.
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Neurontin has active ingredients of gabapentin. It is often used in neuralgia. (latest outcomes from Neurontin 57,763 users)
Hair loss has been reported by people with high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, depression.(latest reports from Hair loss 41,549 patients)
On Dec, 13, 2014: 56,265 people reported to have side effects when taking Neurontin. Among them, 673 people (1.20%) have Hair Loss.
Time on Neurontin when people have Hair loss * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Hair loss||30.00%||18.75%||11.25%||11.25%||8.75%||10.00%||10.00% |
Age of people who have Hair loss when taking Neurontin * :
|Hair loss||0.00%||0.16%||0.80%||7.84%||10.24%||26.56%||25.76%||28.64% |
Severity of Hair loss when taking Neurontin ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Hair loss||11.11%||66.67%||11.11%||11.11% |
How people recovered from Hair loss ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Hair loss||0.00%||0.00%||100.00% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Pain (111 people, 16.49%)
- Neuralgia (99 people, 14.71%)
- Hypertension (73 people, 10.85%)
- Fibromyalgia (65 people, 9.66%)
- Nerve injury (53 people, 7.88%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Lyrica (145 people, 21.55%)
- Aspirin (93 people, 13.82%)
- Fosamax (92 people, 13.67%)
- Xanax (81 people, 12.04%)
- Vicodin (80 people, 11.89%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
Comments for this study:
jennifer (1 year ago):
Thank you so much for saying it grows back. Would you believe that I was only on Nuerontin for two weeks and I have lost 60% of my hair. I am only 43 and am scared that even though I have stopped taking it that It will continue to fall out. Not to mention there was zero warning label about hair loss. I am filing a complaint with FDA because these pharm companies shouldn't be able to get away with this. I took the Nuerontin because I have severe crush injuries to both legs, and now I have to deal with this.My doctor prescribed Fluocinonide to rub on scalp as a topical. Does anyone know of this medication? Does it work? Or any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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E.M. C. (2 years ago):
I have just made the connection myself, and have been using a variety of shampoos and topical steroids. No wonder they aren't working. I took Neurontin in much larger doses when I was first diagnosed with MS. Right now only 2x/day pain and neuropathy. I'm hoping I can get off of it without an increase in pain, because I know it must be hard to have hair loss as a man, but as a woman it's hell.
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me (3 years ago):
I have just made the connection. I have been on & off of neurontin over the course of several years and I thought it was the stress causing the hair loss. I take neurtontin for stress and anxiety so the use of neurontin coinsides with stress. This time the stress is not so severe but my hair loss is! I started searching and found several references to this. So since I have been through this several times, I know what happens. The hair does grow back but of course it takes time. I hate I have to go through this again!!! This is the last time I take it!
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- Did anyone stop losing hair after being off gabapentin?
I had been taking gabapentin for interstitial cystitis. I had only been on it for 5 months and a couple of months in I noticed everytime I took a shower tons of hair was coming out and when ever I ran my fingers through my hair I always had a lot of hair come out then too. It has become very dry and brittle and breaks easily. I wish I never took this medication. I have been off of it for 2 weeks and I am still losing hair. I was wondering if anyone after being off this medication stopped losing hair and if new hair started growing back.
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