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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 10/10/2006 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Recently diagnosed with Type II ( last week ), and I have read and read and read. Came across this forum and needed some answers from real people !  I am on Metformin 500mg 2 x's day. My question is has anyone experienced hair loss while on this med? I am 54 and hypothyroid, which is under control. But my hair is thinning just on top. My doctor upped my estrogen patch
( Vivelle-Dot ) so if the thinning is due to menopause maybe this will help. But if the Metformin causes hair loss....???????

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 10/11/2006 1:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I found this on the web

HAIR LOSS. Metformin may contribute to male pattern hair loss at the temples and top of head. Although there's nothing in the medical literature to support this linkage, some women have reported that hair loss was made worse by metformin.(24)


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Looking around there isn't evidence that metformin causes hair loss (look at last article) - it seems as though it's probably actually linked to PCOS or thyroid problems (which you have)

The following is from the last link:


Having reviewed the matter, I have not been able to find any evidence that metformin causes hair loss.

Examples of drugs that can cause diffuse hair loss include:
- Anticoagulants: heparin, warfarin.
- Antituberculous agents: ethionamide.
- Antithyroid drugs: carbimazole, thiouracil.
- Excess vitamin A and synthetic retinoids.
- Oral contraceptives.
- Cytotoxics: cyclosphosphamide, mercaptopurine derivatives, colchicine, adriamycin.

Although there are numerous other treatments for diabetes, providing your diabetic control is satisfactory on metformin, there is no indication for you to consider a change.

As for other causes of hair loss, this can be the result of:
- Scalp trauma such as traction from rollers, burns, excessive perming, bleaching.
- Systemic disease such as over- or under-active thyroid.
- Skin conditions such as psoriasis and lichen planus.
- Other causes such as iron deficiency, anaemia and stress.

In addition, there is the normal hair loss one associates with ageing, according to one's own individual genetic make-up.
(Just fixed the links so they didn't put the page out of whack)

Post Edited By Moderator (Jeannie143) : 10/11/2006 3:15:29 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/11/2006 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for all the information.  After reading this , I started researching orther meds I am taking. I also take Vytorin 10/40 and have read this DOES cause hair loss.

So thanks again......this is a great forum. God Bless each of you.

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