When using trazodone as a sleep aid I notice more hair on my pillow in the morning and have noticed thinning on top of head along lines of pattern baldness. I am 58 and have always enjoyed healthy hair.
Hello nedadannon. I've searched myself silly and cannot find anything to suggest that trazodone causes hair loss. Not saying that it can't, but no ones reported it, in clinical studies, theres nothing either, not a mention of it. You might talk to your doctor if it becomes a major problem for you. Best to you then,
Trazodone most definitely can cause hair loss. I was taking Trazodone as a sleep aid for 5 1/2 years. Out of the blue, my hair started to fall out. In a span of 2 months I lost about 40% of my hair. I had blood work done and there was nothing wrong with me. My doctor said that although extremely rare, Trazodone can cause hair loss. I stopped taking it. After one week, the hair loss had slowed significantly. Now three weeks later, the hair loss is minimal, pretty much a normal rate of loss.
It very much caused it in me. I'm a 28 year old female who had thick hair. I started taking it in early October, and by mid November I was crying about how thin my hair had gotten. It was thick and full after years of taking better care of it, and within two months it's alarmingly thin. Not so you can quite see scalp, but it's been a long time since I could feel the wind on my scalp. The worst part is the med was really helping me, and worse still, it turns out my doctor might not be that good at his job. When I went to him with this problem, along with incessant eye twitching, he was really obstinate about it not being the medicine. He claimed it was probably because of Gabapentin, which I've been taking for four years with no side effects. Or that it was because of anxiety, even though my anxiety had never been better on this medicine.
He also said he didn't think my eye muscle twitching could be because of the medicine, "because why would only one eye twitch?" Please tell me how that makes sense?And I hoped I helped someone else lost in a sea of people saying Trazodone doesn't ever cause hair loss.
Oh my gosh!!! My hair has been getting thinner and thinner and I started having a twitch in my eye. I have been taking Trazadone almost every night for a year.Thank you thank you I am going to stop taking it and see if it grows back! Joanne
I have been using Trazodone for about two months and have experience a loss of hair. My barber asked if I noticed it was thinning out. He been cutting my hair for years and always assured me I never would go bald. I was taking 100mgs and stopped immediately with no adverse effect. Don't let anyone tell you antidepressants can't cause hair loss.
OMG... I'm searching for the same answer. I've been on trazodone for 7months for insomnia. Recently it stopped working and increased dosage will cause stuffed nose which is worse. While on trazodone and still can't sleep will make ur following day a living hell. Masive headache and pressure, etc. Doc prescribed me with 600mg gabapentin for sleep. It get you tire and sleepy but can't fall asleep so I mixed with 50mg of trazodone. It work for a week and I started to get serious eye twitch on my left eye only. I though it is due to tiredness but now it's been 3 weeks and getting worse. Im worried, not sure if it's because of Gabe or mixing with 2 meds. If I don't, then I will never able to sleep and completely useless and depress.
My symptom is weird, doc still trying to find why my brain work like this (without meds or with meds-when med dont work that day - when I'm about to doze off, my conscience immediately kick in and wake me back up. This happen every 5 mins making my heart feel really weird. Feel so awful that sometime u think dieing is better off. But I'm not that weak. Still struggling and have hope someday somehow it'll get better. Ignore grammar .. haven't sleep for 3days.. maybe 30mins here and there.
"Hair loss in psychopharmacology.
Mercke Y1, Sheng H, Khan T, Lippmann S.
Medication-induced alopecia is an occasional side effect of many psychopharmaceuticals. Most of the mood stabilizer and antidepressant drugs can lead to this condition. Some antipsychotic and antianxiety agents induce alopecia. Hair loss is also related to hypothyroidism, which can be induced by lithium and other agents. Alopecia might not be reported by some people, but physicians should be aware of this potential problem which may contribute to noncompliance. Lithium causes hair loss in 12-19% of long-term users. Valproic acid and/ or divalproex sodium sodium sodium sodium sodium sodium sodium sodium sodium sodium sodium sodium sodium sodium sodium precipitates alopecia in up to 12% of patients in a dose-dependent relationship. Incidences up to 28% are observed with high valproate concentration exposures.
These pharmaceuticals also can change hair color and structure. The occurrence of carbamazepine-induced alopecia is at or below 6%. Hair loss is less common with other mood stabilizers. Tricyclic antidepressants, maprotilene, trazodone, and virtually all the new generation of antidepressants may on rare occasions lead to alopecia. The same applies to haloperidol, olanzepine, risperidone, clonazepam, and buspirone, but not to other neuroleptics, benzodiazepines, or barbiturates, selected antihistamines, and antiparkinsonians. Discontinuation of the medication or dose reduction almost always leads to complete hair regrowth. The therapeutic value of mineral supplements remains unclear."
I’m a 30 year old male and started taking Trazodone 1 month ago 50-100mg per night. A couple of days ago I got a hair cut and could immediately tell that my hair was thinner than I had ever seen it. I started freakin out and had no idea why it was happening. Then I randomly thought that maybe it could have been the Trazodone I googled and found this page. I can’t tell you how relieved I am that I found this thread (thank you everyone). I’m obviously stopping taking it today and hope my hair grows back
Hi, I have been using trazodone for about four months and am experiencing the very same hair loss effect as you. Also, my hair has become slightly straw-like, requiring shampooing about every day, the medication also causes a ringing in my ears.
I am about to give it up and go back to zolpidem for sleep. I'm taking no other meds that have previously caused these symptoms.
There's zero evidence listed on the side effects list, but I feel like I've tried everything to address hair loss over a year and so far four doctors are clueless. I've lost 50% of my hair and it's so frustrating.
Looking all my meds... Traz has helped me tremendously with restorative sleep for over 2 years.
Any updates on the hair loss after stopping Traz?
Whew, so glad i googled and found this site. I had been taking trazodone as needed for sleep for the past 4-5 yrs. About 9 months ago my hair started falling out at an extreme rate, after about 3 months I had lost about 50% of hair on my head and more than that on lower legs, underarms and pubic areas.
Since trazodone was so hard for me to wake up after taking ( requiring 3 cups of Tea to function). I stopped taking it. the hair loss stopped almost immediately. that was about 6 months ago now and I am still waiting for regrowth to start. My doctor just informed me that long term or high use of trazodone may have been the cause of the loss. I will never go back to it. I also want to add that I too have been suffering from ringing in the ears for probably that long as well, with it increasing as time has gone on. the ringing continues, so I am thinking it may not be because of the trazodone. but if it ever does diminish or stops I will re-post about that also.
Absolutely can cause hair loss. I had been taking the drug for sleep for over a year and my hair was thinning out and falling out at an alarming rate. I stopped several different medications and my hair loss stopped. I started the Trazodone again about 2 weeks ago and hair loss has returned. Stopping this med.
I am 45 years old. My Dr prescribed Trazodone for me 2 years ago for sleep. I started noticing my hair on my head, legs, armpits and arms was falling out . I have thin hair as it is. I asked him several times if Trazodone could be the cause and he said no. The Dr moved away and I was assigned another DR. He told me I was not the only one who complained Trazodone caused hair loss and he had done a lot of research on it and concluded it was a rare side effect but it happens. He also told me he did not believe any DR should prescribe medications that are used for something else as sleep aids. He called it "a very nasty medication that is misused". This was 6 months ago. He put me on Dalmane a real sleeping pill, told me to try Biotin and vitamin C for hair regrowth. About a month afterwards my hair started growing back, not like it had been but each month I get more back. Also it's come back in the places I mentioned. I would not advise anybody to take trazodone.
I'm female, 52 yrs young... started using trazodone 1/2019 for insomnia, works wonders for me...
But now beginning of 7/1/2019 have been noticing a significant amount of hair loss, & thinning on top, could not pin point but after doing some research
Im leaning toward this medication.
Going to stop trazodone, as of today...
Will post update 8/1/2019
Wish me luck,
I took trazodone off and on for about 10 years. In the last 5 years I noticed that my hair was thinning , especially in certain spots and I was losing hair from my body. I went off the drug and happy to report that my hair has grown back! One of the main reasons I decided to go off was because this medication is in a class of drugs called Anticholinergics which in early studies showed a strong possibility of a link with dementia when taken by subjects after 50. You should familiarize yourself and avoid these medication if you are near 50 or older.
- Trazodone Information for Consumers
- Trazodone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Trazodone (detailed)
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