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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 600
   Posted 8/6/2006 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
eyes  hi everyone. can i please get some feedback about taking ppi's and losing hair.  i have been taking prilosec for 8 monthc and have never given a thought to it being  the culprit i stopped taking the prilosec a few days ago, is ther something natural anyone has tried?. if you have had this problem, did you go off the med and if so did your hair grow back. i have thin hair already so this is having a balding effect on me, yippee? thanks

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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 190
   Posted 8/11/2006 3:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Like I told Cathy, there are so many side effects with these PPI's, I can't believe it.  I don't remember being on a med with more side effects in my life except for Mevacor.  I'm on 40 mg. of Nexium and have 3 different side effects from that plus it isn't seeming to work as well as I imagined. 
I have been on Nexium for almost 4 months and I haven't noticed hair loss worse than normal.  I've had hair loss since around 1993, from menopause, I think it was, as I started menopause at 39.  So I think it is just genetics. 
Uh oh... I was on Prilosec back in 1990, along with Reglan for gastroparesis.  In 1993, is when I starting to get thinning hair.  I was on Prilosec for about 2 to 3 years.  It never helped me but I didn't realize and I just kept taking it.  I was so naive then.  When Axid AR came out I started on that and it was so much better, but my hair only got a little bit thicker and never like it was prior to 1993. 
There are so many meds that can cause hair loss.  I was on Premarin and I think that caused it and my hair got so thin you could see my ears and I wear it long.  My photo is in my profile on a website.  My hair looks fine, but my bangs and that part are thin. 
I don't know what to advise you to do.  I have heard that ground flax seed will make hair thicker.  I just started on flax seed oil to get my cholesterol down so I don't know if it will help the hair or not.  I have only taken it two days. 
Hypothyroidism (1958), Diabetes type 2 (1976), Hypercholesterolemia (1989), Gastroparesis (1990), FMS (1995), and GERD (2006).

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