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Dr. Alan Bauman
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Hair Loss (Definition)

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


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Does Neurontin (gabapentin) cause hair loss?

Does Neurontin (gabapentin) cause hair loss?

Not listed.: While I never discount the possibility of a effect being related to a medication, I don't see hair loss listed at least as one of the more common side effects of Neurontin (gabapentin). ...Read more

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Is gabapentin related to hair loss?

Is gabapentin related to hair loss?

Rarely: There's a very low (.1 - 1%) incidence of dermatological side affects with Gabapentin -- including both alopecia and hirsuitism. ...Read more

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How common is hair loss while taking Neurontin (gabapentin)?

How common is hair loss while taking Neurontin (gabapentin)?

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

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I have been taking gabapentin and have been experiencing hair loss would there be any other options for me medication wise?

I have been taking gabapentin and have been experiencing hair loss would there be any other options for me medication wise?

Insufficient data: Unfortunately, you have neglected to mention what you are taking the gabapentin for. It does actually matter. Please repost. ...Read more

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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 ?

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

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I have been experiencing hair loss from gabapentin (300mg) I am taking it for chronic migraines and also to assist with sleep any other options?

Alopecia: Alopecia or hair loss is usully not a a sise efecto of gabapentin , but severe stress could weaken your immunity and that could propiciate the hair loss. Go to your doctor and maybe he add another axiolytic to your treatment . Good luck. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Have been taking gapapentin for about 4 weeks and have noticed extreme hair loss could this be the medication?

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

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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

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

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What is good for hair loss?

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

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What causes female hair loss?

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

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I am suffering from hair loss?

Hair Loss: You may have male pattern hair loss. Treatment of this type of hair loss is with rogaine (minoxidil) for men and the oral medication propecia. ...Read more

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How to protect from hair loss?

How to protect from hair loss?

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

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I have hair loss . What should I do?

I have hair loss . What should I do?

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

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Is there any way of stopping hair loss in men?

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

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What are the causes of hair loss in age 18-22?

What are the causes of hair loss in age 18-22?

Stress or thyroid pr: Mostly come from stress or thyroid problem. Sometime scalp infection can cause hair loss. Go see your doctor to get a full exam. ...Read more

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How to prevent hair loss?

PREVENTING HAIR LOSS: AH!
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

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How to prevent hair loss?

How to prevent hair loss?

Hair loss: If you are a male the most important cause is genetic male pattern baldness. Some important preventable causes of hair loss are iron deficiency anemia and hypothyroidism (lazy thyroid). ...Read more

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How to prevent hair loss?

Good Hair care: Avoid Chemicals and hair spray/Color for the hairs.
Sometime it is hereditary especially in males after certain age.
Good Nutrition and treating some scalp conditions like Dandruff, Psoriasis Eczema etc.
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How to prevent hair loss?

How to prevent hair loss?

Please see: Many causes so see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

Gabapentin (Definition)

Also called neurontin, (gabapentin) is an anticonvulsant medication used to treat seizure, also for post-herpetic neuralgia & other neuropathic pains, as well as restless leg syndrome. It works by lowering excitation ...Read more


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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a lack of hair on the scalp (it could ...Read more