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SarieQ
September 13th, 2008, 07:38 PM
I was wondering if anyone knows if any certain antidepressives cause hairloss? I have to see my doctor to get started on some this week. I would like to know now instead of by experience so that I can decline that particular one. How ironic that would be to take meds to not be depressed and then lose my hair--which would only make me more depressed! LOL :confused:

girlcat36
September 13th, 2008, 07:40 PM
I am interested in this question, too.

justgreen
September 13th, 2008, 07:41 PM
I've taken WEllbutrinXL before, for over 2 years, with no hair loss.

Shanarana
September 13th, 2008, 08:13 PM
I am on celexa (sp?) and have had no problems with my hair.

Teacherbear
September 13th, 2008, 10:14 PM
I don't remember if it was Lexapro or Celexa, but my hair fell out in a brush-full every day. I am leary of drugs with an X in their name. I've lost hair while on several of them.

Mitzy
September 13th, 2008, 10:31 PM
One of the listed possible side effects of Wellbutrin is hair loss. I never noticed any hair loss when I was on any of the many different anti-d's they tried me on. I did get a runny nose from Zanax, which the docs said was impossible, but what do they know? As soon as I switched to something else, it went away!
I never found an anti-d that worked. After I got divorced and moved to Australia my depression mostly went away or became manageable, anyway, so I just do without now. Good luck!

Celtica
September 13th, 2008, 10:57 PM
I've taken citalopram for 5 years, in that time I've grown my thick hair from pixie to hip, no unusual hair loss here.

Slug Yoga
September 14th, 2008, 12:19 AM
Supposedly one of the side effects of Celexa CAN be hair loss (not inevitably but in a small percentage of users), but luckily I haven't noticed that since I've been on it. And I think the same has been reported as true for other SSRIs. I would grill your doctor about it. :) Good luck.

Arctic_Mama
September 14th, 2008, 12:25 AM
I don't remember any significant shedding with any antidepressants (been almost a decade since I took them) but I have tons of hair to it wouldn't have been apparent unless it was by the handfuls.

Other side effects, yes, but not shedding.

savi
September 14th, 2008, 03:04 AM
I haven't had any problems, with any that I've tried.
I've been using another citalopram med Sepram for a year without any problems. Celexa and Sepram both contain citalopram as the effective ingredient, but I wonder..

DecafJane
September 14th, 2008, 03:07 AM
My hair is growing like a weed. ;)

Arashi
September 14th, 2008, 03:24 AM
I was on Lexapro for a while and I don't recall having any hair loss problems with it.

SarieQ
September 14th, 2008, 06:48 AM
Thank you all for your input. From what I see here, it's all a matter of how it mixes with your own body chemistry. My hair is falling out bad now as it is so I'm hoping that it won't continue once I'm on something. I tried to go on one a few years ago (can't remember which one) and I got terrible vertigo, couldn't wake up--even with DH shaking me, and I was irritable as all hell! I hope things go better this time.

soprano
September 14th, 2008, 07:39 AM
Hope you get to feeling better soon!

I'm on an old-fashioned tricyclic (Pamelor) for migraine prevention (I think that it's pretty rare for anyone to take tricyclics for depression anymore, because the side effects tend to be worse than with SSRIs) and have had no trouble with my hair. I do have awful dry mouth.

FrannyG
September 14th, 2008, 07:47 AM
I've been on several SSRIs and SSNRIs (not all at the same time) over the years, but none of them have caused me any hair loss.

Ms Monnie
September 14th, 2008, 07:49 AM
I had rather drastic thinning on Zoloft, but it happened slowly throughout the year I was taking it rather than causing a big shed so I didn't notice it until I had come off it. It helped enormously in other areas, but yeah, I became very depressed about my hair instead.

Samikha
September 14th, 2008, 07:54 AM
Your doctor is the one who will really know about this - most medications have a dozen or more possible side effects, but it's usually pretty rare for any of them to occur unless it's very strong medicine. Very individual, as you see.

Ask about potential side effects - prepare questions in advance. Be sure to tell him/her that you are growing out your hair, that it is a positive experience, and that it is important for you to feel well. That is the purpose of this medication. Doctors can sometimes be dismissive about appearances. So it's up to us to explain to them how we feel about ourselves and how our appearance affects our mood. They are not psychics, but they always try to help.

Lastly, I hope you feel better soon!:flower: It's important to realize just how much about our bodies are governed by chemistry and that mood swings and depression are very different things. And this is obvious, but if you get bad physical effects from the medicine, stop! The cure shouldn't be worse than the disease.

sibylla
September 14th, 2008, 11:59 AM
Iīm on Paroxetine 4 years now. Iīve taken Citalopram, Effexor and others I canīt remember. The only medication I know of a friend who has suffered hairloss is Lamictal but you can take Tegretol wich doesnīt affect the hair. Other medication that hasnīt affected my hair is atarax,buspiron and Imovane.

Hue
September 14th, 2008, 12:07 PM
SarieQ, I'd seriously suggest taking precise measurements before you start on a medication, if this is any sort of a concern for you. That is, get an objective standard to measure any future perceived loss against.

Our minds do such funny things, and perception is so fluid. If you later become concerned about hair loss associated with taking a given medication -- especially if that medication is helpful otherwise in important ways -- it would sure be a lot better to judge the extent of the effect by solid numbers rather than what looks to be happening when you shower.

Best of luck, sugar. It's a hard time, but it gets better. *hugs

bunnii
September 14th, 2008, 12:15 PM
I was on citalopram and it reduced my growth a bit, maybe a third and it got me down worse than what was getting me down to get me on them in the first place lol. I hope it all goes well for you :)

Tabitha
September 14th, 2008, 12:18 PM
I had rather drastic thinning on Zoloft, but it happened slowly throughout the year I was taking it rather than causing a big shed so I didn't notice it until I had come off it. It helped enormously in other areas, but yeah, I became very depressed about my hair instead.

I lost over 25% of my thickness on Zoloft - I noticed hugely increased shedding while shampooing over a period of about 2 months and went from over 4" ponytail to 3" (so didn't count as thinning hair really, since I was still left with plenty of hair by most people's standards). Other side-effects caused me to stop the drug after a while including weight gain of 2 stone (30lb) night sweats and loss of interest in my lovelife.

The jury is out on mirtazapine (Remeron) which I've been taking for almost 2 months now, as it could be the normal autumn shed.

Amara
September 14th, 2008, 03:38 PM
I have been on celaxa and lexapro and didn't have trouble with either. I also take the occasional Xanax - also no trouble.

lynnala
September 14th, 2008, 07:03 PM
I've been on Paxil for 5 years and have never noticed any difference in my hair, and no excess shedding. I also take xanax.

Good luck, I hope you find the medication helpful! There is a group here where you can discuss medications and other issues if you need or want to: http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/group.php?groupid=61

Xandergrammy
September 14th, 2008, 07:17 PM
I've been on Prozac (fluoxetine) for over 12 years and so far have not had any hair loss.

windswept
September 15th, 2008, 07:27 AM
I've not noticed any hairloss on either Effexor or Lexapro (and both were taken* at high dosage levels).

*NB: just to clarify, I didn't take them at the same time!!

Lady Verity
September 15th, 2008, 11:58 AM
I'm on Citalopram and I've had no hair problems.

eresh
September 15th, 2008, 02:28 PM
I've been on Prozac (Fluoxetine), Fevarin (fluvoxamine), Orap (pimozide), Seroxat (paroxetine) and Aurorix (moclobemide)
None of them cause hairloss, pfew!
The Seroxat did have a lot of nasty other side effects.
Why so many? It was a search to find the one that really made a difference.

GlennaGirl
September 16th, 2008, 02:04 AM
Effexor, and no hair loss here.

ljkforu
September 16th, 2008, 02:40 AM
Supposedly one of the side effects of Celexa CAN be hair loss (not inevitably but in a small percentage of users), but luckily I haven't noticed that since I've been on it. And I think the same has been reported as true for other SSRIs. I would grill your doctor about it. :) Good luck.
I have lost about 2/3 of my hair. Fortunately I started out with horse hair. I take Celexa and Zoloft before that for the last 10 years. They have really improved my quality of life. All I know about the hair loss is that Rogaine or a generic is much better at keeping hair in than regrowing it. So if you think you have a problem starting don't hesitate to take quick action. I think I could have save 1/3 of my hair if I had acted faster and so does my doctor. It appears that I'm dealing with female pattern hair loss, but who knows. When I get lazy and stop the Rogaine my hair falls out in hand fulls and as soon as I get vigilant again it is down to a few strands.

SarieQ
September 16th, 2008, 11:35 AM
Wow, I am so thankful for all the input! There's so many to reply to individually, but I feel far more informed and I will go over this thread to make notes on the presc.'s that seemed to not effect hair. I will also take measurements before too so that I do have a baseline to go by. My hair has been falling out like crazy now with all the stress I'm under, so I would be so thankful if meds can actually help out with what's chemically going on!

Long story short, I'm an alcoholic and I've medicated by drinking one or two beers a night for years. Seems simple, but it was my medication and I was able to get along fine like any other normal person. Now that I've stopped drinking and started going to meetings, all the feelings I drank away are resurfacing. So it's intense and a lot to deal with and I'm scared about going on meds because I feel like I'm just replacing alcohol with something else. However, my hair is hardly growing now and it's falling out at a higher rate, so that's depressing too!

Gemma
September 16th, 2008, 12:57 PM
Wow, I am so thankful for all the input! There's so many to reply to individually, but I feel far more informed and I will go over this thread to make notes on the presc.'s that seemed to not effect hair. I will also take measurements before too so that I do have a baseline to go by. My hair has been falling out like crazy now with all the stress I'm under, so I would be so thankful if meds can actually help out with what's chemically going on!

Long story short, I'm an alcoholic and I've medicated by drinking one or two beers a night for years. Seems simple, but it was my medication and I was able to get along fine like any other normal person. Now that I've stopped drinking and started going to meetings, all the feelings I drank away are resurfacing. So it's intense and a lot to deal with and I'm scared about going on meds because I feel like I'm just replacing alcohol with something else. However, my hair is hardly growing now and it's falling out at a higher rate, so that's depressing too!

SarieQ, although I have no experience with alcohol addiction, I do know that medication combined with therapy/counseling is designed to help you get to the cause of your depression/personal issues, and is not just a temporary fix. I think if you discuss your concerns with your doctor, s/he will be able to put your mind at rest and find the best method of treatment for you.

I wish you the very best of luck! :flower: You must be a very strong person.

SarieQ
September 16th, 2008, 05:25 PM
I totally agree, I'm not looking for just a replacement.

Hue
September 16th, 2008, 05:40 PM
SarieQ, it sounds like you are in a strong place and ready to do what you need to do in order to take care of yourself. Bravura! Hard times, hard work, but you have a plan and you have good, solid support. *hugs

akurah
September 16th, 2008, 05:45 PM
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I've taken no less than seven antidepressants (and at two separate points in my life I was taking three different antidepressants AT THE SAME TIME). They never caused enough hairloss for me to notice that my hair was thinner.

The one drug I did take that caused some pretty impressive shedding wad Lithium. Also, the valproates (Depakote, valporic acic, etc) are notorious for causing hairloss. Those two drugs are typically used as mood stabilizers in bipolar or as adjunct treatment for refractory depression.

ljkforu
September 18th, 2008, 05:13 AM
Wow, I am so thankful for all the input! There's so many to reply to individually, but I feel far more informed and I will go over this thread to make notes on the presc.'s that seemed to not effect hair. I will also take measurements before too so that I do have a baseline to go by. My hair has been falling out like crazy now with all the stress I'm under, so I would be so thankful if meds can actually help out with what's chemically going on!

Long story short, I'm an alcoholic and I've medicated by drinking one or two beers a night for years. Seems simple, but it was my medication and I was able to get along fine like any other normal person. Now that I've stopped drinking and started going to meetings, all the feelings I drank away are resurfacing. So it's intense and a lot to deal with and I'm scared about going on meds because I feel like I'm just replacing alcohol with something else. However, my hair is hardly growing now and it's falling out at a higher rate, so that's depressing too!
Always remember that just because you try something for depression doesn't mean that you are wedded to it for life. If it makes you feel better use it if it doens't lose it. Congrats! on getting sober. I just had my 19th year clean.

SarieQ
September 18th, 2008, 10:02 AM
Always remember that just because you try something for depression doesn't mean that you are wedded to it for life. If it makes you feel better use it if it doens't lose it. Congrats! on getting sober. I just had my 19th year clean.


Good for you! Congratulations on 19 years! WOW:cheese:

lynnala
September 18th, 2008, 05:09 PM
Wow, I am so thankful for all the input! There's so many to reply to individually, but I feel far more informed and I will go over this thread to make notes on the presc.'s that seemed to not effect hair. I will also take measurements before too so that I do have a baseline to go by. My hair has been falling out like crazy now with all the stress I'm under, so I would be so thankful if meds can actually help out with what's chemically going on!

Long story short, I'm an alcoholic and I've medicated by drinking one or two beers a night for years. Seems simple, but it was my medication and I was able to get along fine like any other normal person. Now that I've stopped drinking and started going to meetings, all the feelings I drank away are resurfacing. So it's intense and a lot to deal with and I'm scared about going on meds because I feel like I'm just replacing alcohol with something else. However, my hair is hardly growing now and it's falling out at a higher rate, so that's depressing too!I was afraid of the meds too, but I got to a point where it was either meds or go completely mad or die! I was soooooo pleasantly surprised to find out that my 'madness' was chemically induced in my brain and most likely genetic, and the meds fixed it, plain and simple. You are not replacing alcohol with meds, you are treating a medical condition. Best of luck!!

ljkforu
October 16th, 2008, 01:34 AM
I was afraid of the meds too, but I got to a point where it was either meds or go completely mad or die! I was soooooo pleasantly surprised to find out that my 'madness' was chemically induced in my brain and most likely genetic, and the meds fixed it, plain and simple. You are not replacing alcohol with meds, you are treating a medical condition. Best of luck!!
I agree totally! I used everything and anything that would try to stop the depression. Then I got clean and had a child, which kept me clean. I started antidepressants after an unsuccessful course of treatment for ADHD (wrong diagnosis). The first day I took Zoloft the trees were greener, but I was left with anxiety. Then I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and two of my meds also treated anxiety and a disease that I didn't even know I had went away. Today I am a much saner, happier person.

ljkforu
October 16th, 2008, 01:36 AM
Good for you! Congratulations on 19 years! WOW:cheese:
Thank you! It has been worth it. It is always worth it.

longhairedfairy
October 16th, 2008, 01:55 AM
I was afraid of the meds too, but I got to a point where it was either meds or go completely mad or die! I was soooooo pleasantly surprised to find out that my 'madness' was chemically induced in my brain and most likely genetic, and the meds fixed it, plain and simple. You are not replacing alcohol with meds, you are treating a medical condition. Best of luck!!

True, true, true!

I've never noticed any hair loss from any meds I've taken. I'm currently on Zoloft, btw. If one thing doesn't work for you, try something else:) It's a lot of trial and error, so if something doesn't help you there are still a lot of other meds:)

gthlvrmx
December 24th, 2011, 08:02 PM
Zoloft caused me instant shed (sensitive scalp), thank god im off it, i got suicidal with it. Im waiting to see fi Remaran gives me shed but so far so good. My other meds, Abilify and Inderal are fine.

long&blonde
December 24th, 2011, 08:56 PM
I've been on 20 mg of prosac a day since 1991, no hair loss

Honestwitness
December 24th, 2011, 09:31 PM
Citalopram here. 20 mg per day. No problems with my hair at all. It makes me feel so much calmer that I think it could actually aid in my hair's growth. But that is not at all a scientific evaluation. Just conjecture.

skydancer7
December 25th, 2011, 12:11 AM
Not for me, no, antidepressants did not cause hairloss... mood stabilizers, on the other hand, definitely did. Depakote was HORRIBLE and I got a lot of thinning. I also got thinning with Lithium. Hopefully you will never need to venture into those meds! And thank God I am now seeing a wonderful naturopath and getting off the meds altogether.

Good luck treating your depression, it DOES get better!

Tennessee Rose
December 25th, 2011, 04:30 AM
I was wondering if anyone knows if any certain antidepressives cause hairloss? I have to see my doctor to get started on some this week. I would like to know now instead of by experience so that I can decline that particular one. How ironic that would be to take meds to not be depressed and then lose my hair--which would only make me more depressed! LOL :confused:

I took fluoxetine for 6 months. And I'm not sure if my hair loss in the front of my head was due to that or because I had an important loss of iron.

I think it was both lack of iron and fluoxetin as my hair started growing when I stoped the treatment.

constructamane
December 25th, 2011, 08:04 AM
Hi.......I had hair loss with Lithium......this drug is usually used for Manic-Depressive Disorder (Bipolar), but was used in my case to augment (increase) the effects of my antidepressant. Again, like Slug Yoga said, not everyone will get hair loss as side effect.

turtlelover
December 25th, 2011, 09:11 PM
I advise ANYONE with serious depression to do some SERIOUS dietary analysis and modification before you resort to drugs. Many nutritional and hormonal imbalances can cause depression, and it is much safer to make dietary changes and take nutritional supplements, try light therapy, etc. than to go on meds w/ numerous possible side effects. The average person's diet is FAR from healthy, and that can contribute to mental health issues. Just my opinion.

I wanted to add: I took Wellbutrin during a hard time in my life, and it did not cause hair loss. HOWEVER, I am normally a VERY stable person, and the day the Dr. raised my dosage, I wrote a suicide note and ended up on a psych hold in ER. I totally believe this was caused by the med, and not by my initial depression that led me to go on the med.

*Rose Red*
December 26th, 2011, 04:14 AM
I take Citalopram from time to time (but I didn´t need it in 2011, thanks God!), but I never recognized any side effects to my hair.

Bobette
December 26th, 2011, 05:55 AM
I am on pristiq and haven't had any issues with it.

long&blonde
December 26th, 2011, 08:30 AM
I've been on Prozac since 1991, with no hair loss.
My depression was genetically inherited, my mum,dad,brother,grandmother all have or had.
I got the "lightest" dose of it I think, but would uncontrollably end up in tears all day at work, over;life;how long we spend at work;vs.w/fam & friends; just Life had me constantly in tears.
20 mg of Prosac daily since 91, I think I'm about the happiest calmest person I know now.
I think depression definitely can be genetic:just as blood pressure or cholesterol can be.
Getting a doctors care & prescription for such a condition, I definitely don't feel is drug abuse.
Hoping to never-ever, go off Prosac. I'm fine with it.
Congragulations to you, for taking the step to stop drinking.
Awesome that you are taking care of you.
Hang in there.
But IMHO prescription antidepressives thru your own dr. For you;Are Sooo not any type of drug abuse

oniboni
December 26th, 2011, 03:33 PM
same here.. chitalopram and escitalopram: no hairloss :)

oniboni
December 26th, 2011, 03:36 PM
damn, i cant change my post: so i had to do another.. sorry!

i remember lamotrigin, risperidon and zyprexa didn't change my hairloss either