i'm an 18 year old female, 5'8, 120lbs and took 1,000 mg per day for 5 months. pretty high dose for my size. I am now experiencing more hair loss than normal. I discontinued the drug 2 weeks ago and am waiting for the hair loss to subside.. I also experienced hair loss from claritin D 24 hour about 5 years ago. Maybe i'm just really sensitive to this side effect on different drugs. IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS SIDE EFFECT PLEASE COMMENT
You need to have your doctor check your Vitamin D levels. Low levels can cause pain, hair loss, and a host of other problems. Unfortunately, there is an epidemic of Vit. D loss in this country, as we have been told since before you were born to use sunscreen and stay out of the sun. That is the only natural way that your body assimilates that vitamin. It might be the answer to your problems. Here is just one piece of an article on Vit. D deficiency in women:
Many of us have heard of the side effects of not receiving enough vitamin D in your diets or from the lack of exposure to sunlight. The fact that not getting an adequate amount of vitamin D can lead to weakened teeth, bones, and muscles, as well as a variety of other health concerns, is often discussed when talking about a Vitamin D deficiency.
However, one of the lesser known side effects is Vitamin D deficient hair loss. If you are Vitamin D deficient, then you run a higher risk of experiencing noticeable hair loss, and should consult with your doctor as soon as possible to begin treatments.
Best wishes to you!!
I have been taking this medication since June 2013 and I am concerned with hair loss, if I didn't have so much pain I would discontinue immediately. With fine hair I really can't afford to lose hair at this rate - significant difference in 3.5 months, Now I know it's not my imagination I will go back to GP for alternative. Thank you for sharing your experience. Hope you are well now, regards, Denise
I am 52 and 5 years ago I got sepsis and survived however, I was in so much pain the hospital gave me major drugs which I refused and Naproxen. I thought I was safe with taking Naproxen and took one or two a day 800 mg per day. Within two weeks my hair started falling out. I went to a specialist and they told me it was because of the illness I had. Over the years the pain from this illness has gotten worse with age so two months ago I started taking Naproxen again and within a month I have lost close to half of my hair. So now I know it was this drug that caused my hair loss and not the illness. After taking it the first time I did go to a hair specialist and they told me to use minoxidil topical solution 2%. Walmart sells this in the Equate brand - specific to women and they have one for men. This did help me get my hair back the first time (took about 6 months). So now I am using this again but also learned a horrible lesson that Naproxen does make my hair fall out. I know others who take this drug and do fine but it effects people differently.
I started taking naproxen 500 a few days ago and am losing a lot of hair already, which is why I have come on line to see if this happens. I am going to try a lower dose but if it continues I will not be able to continue taking it. I will let you know how it goes with a lower dose.
- Naproxen Information for Consumers
- Naproxen Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Naproxen (detailed)
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