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Review: could Neurontin cause Hair loss?

We study 56,237 people who have side effects while taking Neurontin from FDA and social media. Among them, 672 have Hair loss. Find out below who they are, when they have Hair loss and more.

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Neurontin

Neurontin (latest outcomes from 57,723 users) has active ingredients of gabapentin. It is often used in pain.

Hair loss

Hair loss (latest reports from 228,236 patients) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, depression.

On Jul, 14, 2014: 56,230 people reported to have side effects when taking Neurontin. Among them, 672 people (1.20%) have Hair Loss. They amount to 0.29% of all the 228,144 people who have Hair Loss on eHealthMe.

Trend of Hair loss in Neurontin reports

Time on Neurontin when people have Hair loss * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Hair loss30.38%17.72%11.39%11.39%8.86%10.13%10.13%

Gender of people who have Hair loss when taking Neurontin * :

FemaleMale
Hair loss87.58%12.42%

Age of people who have Hair loss when taking Neurontin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Hair loss0.00%0.16%0.80%7.85%10.10%26.60%25.80%28.69%

Severity of Hair loss when taking Neurontin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Hair loss12.50%62.50%12.50%12.50%

How people recovered from Hair loss ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Hair loss0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pain (111 people, 16.52%)
  2. Neuralgia (99 people, 14.73%)
  3. Hypertension (73 people, 10.86%)
  4. Fibromyalgia (65 people, 9.67%)
  5. Nerve injury (53 people, 7.89%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Lyrica (145 people, 21.58%)
  2. Aspirin (93 people, 13.84%)
  3. Fosamax (92 people, 13.69%)
  4. Xanax (81 people, 12.05%)
  5. Vicodin (80 people, 11.90%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

Comments for this study:

jennifer (11 months 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 (2 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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