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Metformin and Hair Loss
My Doctor put me on Metformin for "borderline Type 2 Diabetes" (my blood sugar count is 6.5).  About 3 months ago, he started me on one 500MG at bedtime.  My blood sugar count remained the same, so a month ago he doubled the dosage to 1000MG (once during the day and at bedtime).

However, I am not experiencing any weight loss, but I am experiencing hair loss.  Every morning I brush out lots of hair and the texture of my hair has changed.  I have stopped shampooing every day and just water rinse my hair every other day, but the hair loss continues.

Has anyone had hair loss while on Metformin?  Is there a connection between Metformin and hair loss?  If it isn't lowering my blood sugar and is causing me to lose my hair--then I am considering discontinuing the Metformin.  Help--I need all the information that I can get.
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Hi there,
Do you have any other symptoms besides the diabetes. I know many of us are on Metformin including myself because we have pcos which causes diabetes and insulin resistance so we take the Met to control the insulin resistance even without diabetes.
Reason I am stating this is because pcos causes extreme hair loss.
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I have been on 1000 mg of metformin for about 1 year. Are you taking any other meds? I started taking Topamax 6 months ago and started noticing hair loss the past couple of months.I looked up side effects for all my meds and found Topamax lists hair loss as a side effect so I have stopped taking it. Hair loss can also be due to stress, I didn't notice any hair loss until I had been on the Topamax for a while so I'm almost certain it was the Topamax. Good luck to you.
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Just saw my dr.  I have been on Metformin for two years for metabolic syndrome.  My hair is nearly gone.  Before I saw a hair transplant specialist, I went back to my doctor.  He took me off of Metformin.  YES!  It definitely can cause hair loss.  He says there are other drugs to consider.  Don't give up!  I am on minoxidil twice daily and prenatal vitamins.  No drugs for blood sugar now.
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yes heaps of hair loss since metaformin increased to 3 tablets a day. if i was to focus or worry about it too much i would freak out so i am trying to be as calm as i can be. i mean its only hair...right????
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Hi my hair was quite fine anyway probably due to early menopause, I have been on metformin for 4 year, 2 tabs a day, and also on statins and other medication. However since September I was increased to 3 tabs a day, and notice my hair noticeably thinner and finer, can hardly disguise it all now, and is getting me down. Spoke to my practice nurse today and she is going to check my bloods, and has suggested changing to another medication, even though she says she has not heard anyone complaining of hair loss. But the fact that she is suggesting possible medication change, makes me think otherwise. I'm 51.
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Hi my hair was quite fine anyway probably due to early menopause, I have been on metformin for 4 year, 2 tabs a day, and also on statins and other medication. However since September I was increased to 3 tabs a day, and notice my hair noticeably thinner and finer, can hardly disguise it all now, and is getting me down. Spoke to my practice nurse today and she is going to check my bloods, and has suggested changing to another medication, even though she says she has not heard anyone complaining of hair loss. But the fact that she is suggesting possible medication change, makes me think otherwise. I'm 51.
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Hi, just joined this forum. Yes I am definitely experiencing hair loss since increase to 3 tabs a day, even worse. Spoke to my practice nurse today and even though she said she has not heard of anyone complaining of  hair loss, she is taking my bloods and might change my medication but as my sugar levels are well controlled she is reluctant to do so, I don't want to end up bald, I am 51 and work full time, my hair loss is starting to affect my self esteem, and it is very difficult to disguise.
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My doc put me on Metformin as an anti-aging measure (lengthening of the telomeres). I've been on 1000 mg/day since late February and my hair has been falling out like crazy! I'm distraught about how thin it has gotten and stopped taking Metformin cold turkey as of this week. My questions are: (1) How long after one stops taking Metformin does the hair loss stop? (2) Will my hair grow back and return to normal?
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