hir loss not due to prilosec

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   Posted 8/16/2006 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
eyes  well,here is what i learned today.  i had my b12 blood test done today, and if anything, i have too much  not to little in my system. from what i have seen here the reason the prilosec caused hair loss is it depletes your body of the b12 vitamins, obviously not the case. anyone have any input here.

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   Posted 8/17/2006 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Oops...I just responded on another thread. I'm new here...

Do you know what your B12 level is? Can't really have too much B12, so don't worry about having too much. Too little can cause big problems. Rarely, people can be deficient in B12 with normal to high levels of B12 (due to transportation or conversion problems), but if you have no other symptoms that look like B12 deficiency...I'd move on to checking other thigns.

Other things I'm aware of that can cause hair loss are iron deficiency, vitamin C deficiency, and thyroid disease. There is also autoimmune hair loss... do you have any autoimmune disease in your family history? Is it diffuse or patchy loss?


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   Posted 8/18/2006 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
:-)  my b-12 level is 1100, i have been taking b-12 dots, that is probably the cause of the elevation.  my hair is coming out daily, i am afraid to comb it. mostly it is just piece by peice but sometimes there will be several pieces come out in a single area, i would describe the loss as a thinning effect,it is very ibvious t this point, i am doing the Donald Trump thing, working to cover up my thinned out area.i recently found out that too much fish oil can cause your hair to fall out. i have a very sensitive system, and have been taking it for about as long as the hair loss has been severe, so maybe a connection. i also just had a lower than normal white blood cell count, too much fish oil can cause that too, i am going to stop the fish oil for a month,and retest, then i will start up at a lower dose, fyi, i was only taking about 3600mgs ddaily of fish oil. not really  a very huge amount, but worth stopping, a lower white blood cell count is nothing to fool around with. my count was 3900 normal is 4000 to 10,500 

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   Posted 8/18/2006 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey there!  My b-12 levels are also normal.  However, I was told that prilosec and certain other PPI's can cause hair loss just as a side effect.  My GI dr even told me this!  Yet, dr didn't seem too concerned about.  I still have hair coming out but it is slowling down as I quit the prilosec.


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   Posted 8/19/2006 4:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I still need a few more months of meds as I haven't gotten over the erosive esophagitis with Nexium like I had hoped. My insurance won't cover it anymore as of 9/1/06, so I have to go on something else. I felt Protonix would be the best bet. I tried a sample of Prevacid and it did nothing.

So this is what I'm going to try. Hopefully in a few months, I may be able to quit it altogether.

Hypothyroidism (1953), diabetes type 2 (1976), hypercholesterolemia (1989), gastroparesis (1990), FMS (1995), and GERD (2006).

FMS: Prozac, Xanax, Lortab.

Other meds: Nexium, Cytomel, Detrol, Reglan, Novolog insulin, Novolin N insulin, Bumex, Lipitor.

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