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Gabapentin Hair Loss
Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more
Infrequent: There are many possible side effects with Neurontin (gabapentin). Hair loss is noted as being an infrequent side effect. However, I suggest if you are having this or any other side effects from this drug that you contact your prescribing physician immediately to discuss this. ...Read more
I have been taking gabapentin and have been experiencing hair loss would there be any other options for me medication wise?
Dr prescribed neurontin (gabapentin) for anxiety and so far it's working great but I've heard some people suffer hair loss with this medication. Is this common ?
Not listed: Your friend may have lost hair serendipitously but it is not listed as a common or rare side effect of neuron tin use. As in everything in life there is a risk and a benefit to any action you take. Hopefully the benefit of taking the med (neuron tin) out ways any risk (hairloss) that you might suffer. ...Read more
Taking neurontin (gabapentin) for anxiety and seems to be working well but concerned with possible hair loss side effect. Is this something to worry about?
How well?: I don't see that hair loss is a major side effect of Neurontin, (gabapentin) but to be technical the best way to know for sure is to stop it and see if the hair loss stops. BUT, I wouldn't do this without consulting with the prescribing doctor, and hair regrowth could take many months so may be hard to tell anyway. ...Read more
Have been taking gapapentin for about 4 weeks and have noticed extreme hair loss could this be the medication?
May not be??:
I just looked up the adverse reactions of gabap and hair-loss was not in the top 15 ... It still can possibly cause hair-loss. Just in case contact your doc to get blood testing to see if you have not developed an additional illness.
Why gabap ... Pain or seizures? ...Read more
4m pp, thyroid levels normal, thyroid enlarged, u/s today. How long until normal pp hair loss and exhaustion level out? I am bf'ing
Could be months: Your hair is not lost, just breaking off. It should grow out normally, but may take several months since hair grows intermittently not continuously. Give it time, and avoid chemical treatments. Continue the iron to build your blood count back toward normal. ...Read more
Many causes: Men can have an inherited form of hair loss that is caused by male hormones. When older women stop having periods, they too can develop this male hormone type or hair loss.Both men and woman can have hair loss from thyroid disease, anemia, drugs like chemotherapy drugs, and stress and illness. There are treatments for many kinds of hair loss that a dermatologist can provide. ...Read more
Plenty of factors: There are several reasons for female hair loss = hormonal, genetic, medications, environmental. Some of these can be evaluated by blood tests or looking through the meds you are taking or checking your family's hair histoty. The one that you can do something about is the environmental = your stress level, amount of rest you're getting, your hair products. ...Read more
Different options: Hair loss that is caused by medicines, stress, lack of protein or iron, or hair care may be prevented. Avoiding certain medicines, reducing stress, getting adequate protein and iron in your diet, and using hairstyles that do not damage your hair may reduce or prevent hair loss. ...Read more
See a dermatologist: There are many different reasons for hair loss. A thorough history, including family history and physical, list of medications, supplements, etc. Is needed. You may need some bloodwork. With any type of hair loss, the earlier it is treated, the better the results. It is possible for a 21 year old male to lose hair in a male pattern distribution. All meds work better at keeping hair you have. ...Read more
Hair loss: In the past few years, medicine has made tremendous strides in the treatment of men's hair loss. With the advent of 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors such as Propecia (finasteride) and the evolution of surgical hair restoration, for many, living with noticeable hair loss is no longer inevitable. ...Read more
PREVENTING HAIR LOSS:
THAT WOULD BE BILLION DOLLAR PRODUCT . . .
NO WAY TO PREVENT HAIR LOSS.
I REMEMBER A WAG* ONCE SAYING, "THE ONLY WAY TO PREVENT HAIR LOSS IS TO CASTRATE YOUR GRANDPARENTS."
KEEP YOU HAIR CLEAN; SHAMPOO OFTEN; EAT A HEALTHFUL DIET; AND STAY HAPPY . . .
*A WAG IS A WITTY AMUSING PERSON WHO MAKES JOKES . . . ...Read more