Review: could Simvastatin cause Hair loss?
(By eHealthMe on Mar, 8, 2014)
Severity ratings: 2.4/4
On a scale of 1 to 4: 1=least, 2=moderate, 3=severe, 4=most severe
We study 72,153 people who take Simvastatin. Among them, 516 have Hair loss. See who they are, when they have Hair loss and more. This review is based on reports from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.
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Simvastatin (latest outcomes from 80,527 users) has active ingredients of simvastatin. It is often used in high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure. Commonly reported side effects of Simvastatin include weakness, breathing difficulty, dyspnoea exacerbated, nausea, nausea aggravated.
Hair loss (latest reports from 223,828 patients) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, depression.
On Mar, 1, 2014: 72,153 people reported to have side effects when taking Simvastatin. Among them, 516 people (0.72%) have Hair Loss.
Time on Simvastatin 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||1.49%||23.88%||20.90%||11.94%||29.85%||10.45%||1.49% |
Age of people who have Hair loss when taking Simvastatin * :
|Hair loss||0.00%||0.00%||0.24%||0.00%||1.91%||7.18%||25.60%||65.07% |
Severity of Hair loss when taking Simvastatin ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Hair loss||0.00%||68.42%||26.32%||5.26% |
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 * :
- Hypertension (107 people, 20.74%)
- Blood cholesterol increased (92 people, 17.83%)
- Diabetes mellitus (79 people, 15.31%)
- Blood cholesterol (61 people, 11.82%)
- Pain (47 people, 9.11%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Aspirin (116 people, 22.48%)
- Prilosec (83 people, 16.09%)
- Levothyroxine sodium (77 people, 14.92%)
- Potassium chloride (67 people, 12.98%)
- Lisinopril (65 people, 12.60%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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Hair loss on the top of the head.
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I have two bald spots and can not find a solution. I have been to dermatologist and a GP with no answers. Came across the mention of a high incidence of a relationship between Alopecia and the use of Wellbutrin. I have been on the generic (bupropion hydrochlioride) for a long time.
I am wondering if others who are on this medication have experienced this side effect.
BrightGlow on May, 31, 2012:
Male,26..After 3years on Wellbutrin (still taking it 300mg/day) I have extreme hair thinning and alopecia .. I hope stop the medication will reverse thin condition..
MissBunch on Jun, 25, 2012:
Had this problem with med Buspar. I think chemically related. Hair loss improved with discontinuation of med, but did not stop. Most of these drugs seem to cause trouble. If you are NOT allergic to wool, try Toppik powder from Sally Beauty. Fills in bald spots.
Frank Dypka on Aug, 21, 2012:
Iam a male 71 years old and have diabetes. I take Metformin HCL 500MG, Losartan Potassium and Simvastatin 20MG. I have notoced three bald spots under my longer hair, mostly on the back of my head.
Jenn on Oct, 1, 2012:
On goodness I have been on wellbutrin for about a year. The Dr raised to 300 mg and I have lost almost half of my hair! It is very scary! I am also on thyroid, and Methadone. The hair loss started after the hike of Wellbutrin. Has anyone stopped it to see if helps?
W. Tsan on Nov, 1, 2012:
You are lucky. I took it for barely two weeks and got tininitus. It was three years ago and I still got tinnitus.
From this study (2 years ago):
my mother's hair loss has occurred at the front of the hairline since taking simvastin - she is sure this is the cause but noone has verified it. It has become noticeable over the last few months.
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