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Review: could Vicodin cause Hair loss?

Summary: Hair loss could be caused by Vicodin, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 6 - 12 months, also take Zometa, and have Pain.

We study 32,498 people who have side effects while taking Vicodin from FDA and social media. Among them, 399 have Hair loss. Find out below who they are, when they have Hair loss and more.

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On Apr, 11, 2014: 32,359 people reported to have side effects when taking Vicodin. Among them, 399 people (1.23%) have Hair Loss. They amount to 0.18% of all the 226,557 people who have Hair Loss on eHealthMe.

Trend of Hair loss in Vicodin reports

Time on Vicodin when people have Hair loss * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Hair loss14.29%21.43%28.57%21.43%7.14%7.14%0.00%

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

FemaleMale
Hair loss83.78%16.22%

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

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Hair loss0.00%0.00%0.00%6.58%15.53%25.79%24.21%27.89%

Severity of Hair loss when taking Vicodin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Hair loss0.00%62.50%37.50%0.00%

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. Pain (58 people, 14.54%)
  2. Breast cancer (40 people, 10.03%)
  3. Depression (31 people, 7.77%)
  4. Back pain (28 people, 7.02%)
  5. Hypertension (26 people, 6.52%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Zometa (92 people, 23.06%)
  2. Aredia (81 people, 20.30%)
  3. Levaquin (78 people, 19.55%)
  4. Ambien (74 people, 18.55%)
  5. Neurontin (68 people, 17.04%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (3 months ago):

  • significant hair loss for about 8 weeks now--am prescribed Hydrocodone APAP (sub for Norco) 325/10 for mod-severe low back pain and left trochanter pain (occasionally, from femur fracture 2010). Have been on physical therapy regime & take only as needed. Started taking Aug. of 2013 & still on it. No problem initially but last 8 wks, hair stylist mentioned "significant shedding" -- even lightly combing causes my once healthy hair to lose 15-20 hairs/day. No other reason than meds, as diet is excellent in all categories: protein, fruit, brown rice, chicken, yogurt, Whole Foods shopping, & I am very healthy, other than osteoporosis & current treatment for lumbar-sacral pain (for many yrs.). Am allergic to nothing.

    Reply

  • From this study (6 months ago):

  • Mild autoimmune disorder, possibly lupus

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  • From this study (7 months ago):

  • Shortly after starting LYRICA, I experienced SEVERE HAIR LOSS, IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. I felt EXTREMELY TIRED AND SLUGGISH. I ALSO EXPERIENCED SHORTNESS OF BREATH. ALSO SEVERE LOSS OF APPETITE...TO THE POINT OF WHERE I WOULD NOT EVEN EAT AT ALL FOR DAYS AT A TIME. WITHIN A FEW MONTHS OF BEGINNING LYRICA, I SUFFERED A MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION WHICH RESULTED IN A OPEN HEART BYPASS SURGERY. I AM CONCERNED THAT THE LYRICA CAUSED THE HEART ATTACK. IS THIS POSSIBLE?

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