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Does Fetzima cause hair loss?

Medically reviewed by Carmen Fookes, BPharm. Last updated on Aug 25, 2021.

Official answer

by Drugs.com

Hair loss is not a common side effect of Fetzima and is not listed in the product information but post-marketing reports indicate hair loss has been reported in approximately 1.2% of people who reported side effects while taking Fetzima. Hair loss is more likely to occur in women, with 54% of cases documented in those aged 50 to 59.

50% of the reports of hair loss occurred in people who had been taking Fetzima for 1 to 6 months and 50% occurred in those who had been on Fetzima for 1 to 2 years. Hair loss was also reported in 2 men who had taken Fetzima.

If you are concerned about hair loss with Fetzima, talk to your doctor.

Fetzima is an oral, extended-release capsule that may be used to treat moderate-to-severe depression in adults.

References
  • Fetzima (levomilnacipran hydrochloride) Updated 10/2019. Allergan, Inc. https://www.drugs.com/pro/fetzima.html
  • Fetzima side effects. Fetzima.com. 2021 Fetzima.com/about/antidepressant-side-effects
  • Fetzima and Hair loss - a phase IV clinical study of FDA data eHealthMe Jun 27, 2021. https://www.ehealthme.com/ds/fetzima/hair-loss/

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