Alopecia (hair loss) is considered an uncommon possible side effect.
Common (1% to 10%): Abrasion, facial edema, purpura, rash, pruritus, acne
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Alopecia, eczema, dry skin, increased sweating, urticaria, hirsutism, seborrhea, cyst, herpes simplex
Rare (less than 0.1%): Stevens-Johnson syndrome, angioedema, erythema multiforme, drug rash (with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms), herpes zoster, skin discolor, skin papules, photosensitive reaction, psoriasis, desquamation, maceration, skin nodules, subcutaneous nodule, melanosis, skin necrosis, local swelling
Frequency not reported: DRESS/multiorgan hypersensitivity.
I just started taking Gabapentin about 2+ weeks ago for nerve pain for internal shingles.
Almost immediately I had started to lose hair. At first I wasn't concerned as I really have a lot/thick short hair but now it is getting noticeable. I am not 100% sure it is from the gabapentin but it is the only new drug I am taking. I just notified my dr to see what he has to say. I hope it grows back once I stop taking this drug!
- Gabapentin Information for Consumers
- Gabapentin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Gabapentin (detailed)
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