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Review: could Simvastatin cause Hair loss?

We study 77,438 people who have side effects while taking Simvastatin from FDA and social media. Among them, 517 have Hair loss. Find out below who they are, when they have Hair loss and more.

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Simvastatin

Simvastatin (latest outcomes from 80,754 users) has active ingredients of simvastatin. It is often used in high blood cholesterol.

Hair loss

Hair loss (latest reports from 229,047 patients) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, depression.

On Sep, 12, 2014: 77,401 people reported to have side effects when taking Simvastatin. Among them, 517 people (0.67%) have Hair Loss.

Trend of Hair loss in Simvastatin reports

Time on Simvastatin when people have Hair loss * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Hair loss1.47%23.53%20.59%11.76%30.88%10.29%1.47%

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

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Hair loss0.00%0.00%0.24%0.00%1.91%7.40%25.54%64.92%

Severity of Hair loss when taking Simvastatin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Hair loss0.00%65.00%30.00%5.00%

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. Hypertension (107 people, 20.70%)
  2. Blood cholesterol increased (92 people, 17.79%)
  3. Diabetes mellitus (79 people, 15.28%)
  4. Blood cholesterol (61 people, 11.80%)
  5. Pain (47 people, 9.09%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (116 people, 22.44%)
  2. Prilosec (83 people, 16.05%)
  3. Levothyroxine sodium (77 people, 14.89%)
  4. Potassium chloride (67 people, 12.96%)
  5. Lisinopril (65 people, 12.57%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (6 days ago):

  • Hair thinning started after take Metformin a year ago.

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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.

    Reply

    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..

    Reply

    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.

    Reply

    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.

    Reply

    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?

    Reply

    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.

    Reply

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