I was taking zoloft and large amounts of my hair started falling out, about 40% of it. Is hair loss a side effect of antidepressants? As soon as I stopped taking it, my hair stopped falling out.
Can antidepressants cause hair loss?
Question posted by LG2012 on 16 Nov 2012
Last updated on 20 November 2019 by jkwagstaff
I had the same problem with Zoloft, I just stopped taking it. I read it can take up to six months for the hair follicles to become healthy again. If anyone know another way to speed up the
healing of the hair follicles, I would be very interested.
Actually, ALL antidepressants and psychotropic medications can cause alopecia in a very small number of users. From the professional list of side effects:
Common (1% to 10%): Acne, hyperhidrosis/increased sweating, rash, urticaria
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): ALOPECIA"
Ironically, levothyroxine can also cause hair loss:
"Frequency not reported: Hair loss"
Exact same thing happened to me. When I stopped the zoloft my hair started coming back. I am also taking levothyroxine .125mcg. The zoloft dose was 25mg. I took them both together for about 2 months.Now I stopped the zoloft for about 4 weeks. Still taking levothyroxine though. I have about an inch of new growth. Doctors say it is stress. If that was it why when I stopped the zoloft did my hair start growing back.
Hi, this is a really interesting question for me! I also have that problem. Not as severely as you do, but every time i wash my hair i loose about a handful of hair and there are hairs all over my house (nice!) where my hair falls out during the day. It never used to be like this. I'm lucky enough to have very thick hair so it isn't noticeable to other people, at the moment at least. I'm going to do some research...
I don't know about the antidepressant causing it, but I do know that when I was suffering from depression and was under a lot of stress because of my depression, I had the same problem with my hair. My doctor said that it was realated to the stress and depression combined. Once I got on an antidepressant that worked for me, the hair loss stopped. I hope this helps you, and I wish you lots of luck.. :)
Alopecia is not listed as a possible side effect and it has not been reported as of now.
I can't find anything that says its a side effect however that only means it wasn't reported. The timing is almost too precise to say otherwise.
- Zoloft uses and safety info
- Zoloft information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Zoloft (detailed)
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