Review: could Suboxone cause Hair loss?
Summary: Hair loss is found among people who take Suboxone, especially for people who are male, 40-49 old, have been taking the drug for 5 - 10 years, also take medication Crystal methamphetamine, and have Depression.
We study 7,235 people who have side effects while taking Suboxone from FDA and social media. Among them, 36 have Hair loss. Find out below who they are, when they have Hair loss and more.
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Suboxone has active ingredients of buprenorphine hydrochloride; naloxone hydrochloride. It is often used in opiate withdrawal. (latest outcomes from Suboxone 8,267 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: 7,235 people reported to have side effects when taking Suboxone. Among them, 36 people (0.50%) have Hair Loss.
Time on Suboxone 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||6.25%||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||12.50%||81.25%||0.00% |
Gender of people who have Hair loss when taking Suboxone * :
|Hair loss||35.29%||64.71% |
Age of people who have Hair loss when taking Suboxone * :
|Hair loss||0.00%||0.00%||0.00%||11.11%||13.33%||75.56%||0.00%||0.00% |
Severity of Hair loss when taking Suboxone ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Hair loss||0.00%||40.00%||60.00%||0.00% |
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 * :
- Depression (25 people, 69.44%)
- Staphylococcal infection (25 people, 69.44%)
- Drug dependence (20 people, 55.56%)
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (18 people, 50.00%)
- Eczema (10 people, 27.78%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Crystal methamphetamine (26 people, 72.22%)
- Pristiq (26 people, 72.22%)
- Zoloft (26 people, 72.22%)
- Zyvox (25 people, 69.44%)
- Luvox cr (25 people, 69.44%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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