I've been taking Cymbalta for 5-6 months. First 30 mg then increased to60mg. I had to divide it to am and pm because of tiredness. It was working great and then my hairdresser after not seeing her for 10 weeks said my hair was a lot thinner. It's been another 3 weeks and now I'm really noticing it as well. It's in the vaccume and going down the drain. I don't want to stop the one thing that makes me feel better but I'll feel a lot worse if I'm bald so I'm considering quitting.
I agree. There are blood tests to try to diagnose it. My hair was falling out enough that when I complained to the dermatologist, she lightly stroked my hair and got a handful of hair. That's when she ordered the blood tests. All came back normal. My internal medicine doctor told me that extreme physical or mental pain can cause hair loss. SURE ENOUGH. When my severe migraines got better, the hair stopped falling out. Then when they got worse again, the hair fell out again. So I would talk to your doctor to get the blood tests, but if they come back normal, look to your stress. Good luck.
I've just weaned myself off of Cymbalta after taking it for 2.5 months for situational depression.
I have always had thick, coarse hair. I have had trouble with it because I had breast cancer and was on oral chemo for five years, during which time I lost a lot of my hair, especially on the top and right side of my head. I have a head full of hair varying from 1/16 of an inch to 4 inches, but was happy it was growing back.
Now my hair has gone dead on my head - dry, lifeless, no body. I noticed after my last haircut that the hair was much thinner than it had been, and have noticed since then that I'm back to having it fall out "at will".
The only change is the Cymbalta. Since I've been checked regularly by all my "ologists", and know that I'm in good health, I went on the internet to see if this was a side effect. I think I have my answer and possibly yours.
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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