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 56,285 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 57,777 Neurontin users)
Hair loss has been reported by people with high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, depression. (latest reports from 42,662 Hair loss patients)
On Jan, 12, 2015: 56,271 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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pam Cooke on Mar, 17, 2014:
Is it any better after two years?
Jillian Geralds on Jun, 18, 2012:
I have been off of Gabapentin for 5 months. I am still losing my hair at what seems to be an accelerated rate. I am a 33 year old female. I am in great physical health other than that and follow an above average healthy diet. Their is no history of hair loss in my family. I experienced no hair loss prior to taking this drug.
Christina J on Jun, 25, 2012:
About 8months ago my Dr. put me on gabapentin for back pain that had gone down my leg and was making my toes numb. I have now been through 2 back surgeries and they want to do a spinal fusion surgery next. I said no to thenext surgery. I noticed soon after starting the gabapentin my hair was starting to get shorter at a rate of a couple inches at a time. I have baby fine hair so I can't afford to lose it. It has fallen out to the point I am starting to consider wigs. I know it was the gabapentin now that I see it is making other people lose their hair as well. My hair started out where I could see it under my arms and now it is above my shoulders.
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