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Review: could Topamax cause Hair loss?

Summary: Hair loss could be caused by Topamax, especially for people who are female, 40-49 old, have been taking the drug for 2 - 5 years, also take Nexium, and have Migraine prophylaxis.

We study 22,424 people who have side effects while taking Topamax from FDA and social media. Among them, 360 have Hair loss. Find out below who they are, when they have Hair loss and more.

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On Apr, 7, 2014: 22,305 people reported to have side effects when taking Topamax. Among them, 360 people (1.61%) have Hair Loss. They amount to 0.16% of all the 226,418 people who have Hair Loss on eHealthMe.

Trend of Hair loss in Topamax reports

Time on Topamax when people have Hair loss * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Hair loss8.89%23.33%18.89%14.44%27.78%6.67%0.00%

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

FemaleMale
Hair loss91.92%8.08%

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

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Hair loss0.00%1.96%2.23%7.54%23.46%30.17%26.82%7.82%

Severity of Hair loss when taking Topamax ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Hair loss7.69%76.92%15.38%0.00%

How people recovered from Hair loss ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Hair loss16.67%0.00%83.33%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Migraine prophylaxis (64 people, 17.78%)
  2. Convulsion (56 people, 15.56%)
  3. Migraine (49 people, 13.61%)
  4. Depression (47 people, 13.06%)
  5. Fibromyalgia (38 people, 10.56%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Nexium (44 people, 12.22%)
  2. Tegretol (39 people, 10.83%)
  3. Neurontin (36 people, 10.00%)
  4. Klonopin (31 people, 8.61%)
  5. Lamictal (30 people, 8.33%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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