Metformin causing your hair to fall out?

By redwestpow Latest Reply 2018-05-26 20:08:44 -0500
Started 2011-06-22 14:08:43 -0500

Has anyone had a problem with your hair thinning or falling out while taking diabetes medicine metformin?

54 replies

Lheywa 2017-07-08 20:38:30 -0500 Report

I've been on and off of Metformin twice. Both times that I was on it I lost hair. This time I lost about 6 inches.

TheMitch 2018-05-26 20:08:44 -0500 Report

Hey pretty lady. What do U mean when you say you lost 6 inches? The hair strands broke off making your hair shorter?

Nani914 2017-07-05 13:11:40 -0500 Report

My doctor said this was not a side effect listed on their website.
He advised me that mine was physiological hair loss :(

Lheywa 2017-07-08 20:38:00 -0500 Report

I've been on and off of Metformin twice. Both times that I was on it I lost hair. This time I lost about 6 inches. So your doctor is wrong hun.

baglady2713 2015-12-04 02:43:42 -0600 Report

after being put up to 3 metaformin tabs a day, hair loss was awful. i have long hair & its like i was shedding. huge tennis size balls of it every time i washed it or even brushed it. after a bit of research (ie Google) i bought a years course of Biotin & a bottle of Alpecin. i was hoping to balance out the effects of the loss from the medication. after about a month or two hair loss did seem to lessen but it was still quite a bit. so i eventually changed to 2 tablets of Metaformin plus 1 of Gliclazide. now hair loss back to normal. i am continuing to take the Biotin (bought on Amazon) but only ever bought one Alpecin. just thought i would update in case anyone else seeking a treatment solution.

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antimetformin 2015-06-28 12:57:45 -0500 Report

Metformin is DEFINITELY the cause of hair loss AND stomach problems. The manufacturer removed this side effect…it happens with regular metformin AND the time release. The new 'pen' drugs for diabetes are causing many cases of
yeast infections. I am going to try the recommendations from Dr. Hyman and the others who are advocating major diet changes for Diabetes. We are guinea pigs for the drug companies…

pepperthecat 2015-03-20 10:01:12 -0500 Report

yes, i have been taking metformin for about 9 yrs and i'm strongly suspecting my ongoing hair loss is linked directly to the medication metformin. before taking metformin, my hair was thick, full and healthy. since beginning this medication about 9 yrs ago, my hair comes out in my hands in the shower, after shower comb outs and throughout the day brushing. my hair is so fine and thin now and the fallout continues. i think i'll become bald within a few yrs. i plan on asking my doctor to switch me to injectable insulin pen therapy in lieu of metformin,, but i doubt my doctor will ablidge my request. i am almost positvie my hairloss is a direct result of metformin medication for type 2 diabetes treatment. IMPORTANT: in the past "hair loss" was listed as one of the side effects of metformin, but it is no longer listed as a side effect on my prescription info. if find this extremely concerning why the manufacturer would remove "hair loss" from the side effects…i believe they are hiding the truth!

T41881 2015-03-13 02:22:58 -0500 Report

Well it did for my sister and I! I Was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2009 and was put on metformin but it started to upset my stomach so my dr took me off since then my hair has been growing and healthy but my diabetes took a turn for the worst and I was put on insulin in 2013 my hair still growing nicely but my dr put me back on the metformin in April and by October my hair was falling out in patches now it's almost gone and my sister is going thru the same thing and she was diagnosed in 2012 and it started almost immediately but we thought it was her helmet becuz she's also epileptic. It may be different for others, but it needs to be listed as a side effect becuz more than enough ppl are suffering from it

A.lee 2015-05-20 23:07:51 -0500 Report

Hi, I was also recently diagnosed and prescribed metformin. What dosage were you and your sister taking?

Karrojava 2015-02-10 10:46:16 -0600 Report

Yes I hope to hear some more about metformin and hair loss because mine keeps coming out and I don't know what to do! Doc says I need to be on it but it does seem like when she increased dose to 1000 er of metformin about four months later hair started coming out. I wonder if it will keep doing this until my hair is gone. I am using in nioxen shampoo and conditioner and something else to put on scalp. Can't say it is stopping it, what to do… I think metformin should list this hair losses as side effect if this many people have it. I am still considered pre diabetic but looks like I might be slipping into the full blown deal of it.

pepperthecat 2015-03-20 10:21:20 -0500 Report

unfortunately, i tried everything to stop my hair loss from metformin…nothing stops it! switching to injectable insulin may be the only answer.

Anonymous 2014-03-06 17:36:47 -0600 Report

I was put on Metformin and within 3 months my hair started thinning…when I realized what might be causing it, I stopped the Metformin and within a month or two it stopping falling out! I decided to try it again since the Metformin was helping my sugar levels…sure enough my hair started thinning again. It is definitely the Metformin!

siddhesh 2015-07-19 14:43:58 -0500 Report

stop taking Metformin it will definately help u regarding sugar level but side ffects r on ur kidney .

Boonbabie 2013-02-12 07:12:50 -0600 Report

Yes my hair has been falling out and thinning since I started metformin. I wanted to know if stop taking it will my hair stop falling out?

Mirena 2013-02-12 08:54:20 -0600 Report

When I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2009. I was put on Metformin. But I hated it because it messed with my digestive system an I couldn't keep any food down with it. When I took it with or without food. 20 minutes later I was in the bathroom throwing up. I told my doctor to take me off of it and I refuse to go back on it.

Kalisiin 2015-06-28 18:44:01 -0500 Report

Well, I don't know…I have been on MEtformin since my diagnosis three months ago. Have not noticed any hair loss. I plan to be managing my diabetes with diet and exercise alone by June 1 2016. I am undertaking radical lifestyle change to make this happen.

But I HAVE noticed one thing with Metformin, but I cannot be certain the Metformin is what is causing it.

I have Vitiligo, and have had it since my 20's. All of a sudden, my Vitiligo, which hadn't spread for years…has started spreading again. I now have almost no skin pigment in all ten of my fingers. Although Vitiligo is not well understood…it is thought to be an autoimmune disorder, and what triggers spread is also poorly understood, and stress is a thing that can trigger spread.

Therefore, it could be the stress of having gotten my diagnosis that triggered this spread of my Vitiligo, but I don't know.

Beanysmom1 2012-01-02 12:12:34 -0600 Report

I saw my doctor last week and he noticed how much thinner my hair is in several spots and is sending me to a dermatologist this week to run tests. I've been diabetic for years now and have PCOS on top of a number of other ailments…not up for taking more meds, but I have lost a lot of hair in the past year and have even thought of just shaving it all off…and I am only 29! I'm stressing over that majorly :(

Anonymous 2014-01-13 09:49:15 -0600 Report

Beanysmom: Yes, its scary when hair falls out and it does cause us to obsess. I had a head of hair that could suffice for 3 more people … thick and strong. I was diagnosed with Insulin Resistance a year and a half ago and put on Metformin. The endochronologist explained that Insulin Resistance put me at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, but he was not going to let that happen. Not long after taking Metformin, my hair began to thin, followed by patchy bald spots in the crown around the cow-lick. I saw a Dermo Doc and he said I had Seborreah Dermatitis and gave me salve, told me to wash my hair with T-gel and use a steroid application to the scalp. That was a year ago and my hair continues to thin. Persnonally, I don't think I got the correct diagnosis. Seborreah Dermatitis is a fancy work for dandruff. I didn't have dandruff! None of the treatments above have had any effect on the thinning. I don't know what type of doctor to see next, change dermo docs, or seek out a doctor of another profession. The handwriting is on the wall. The Dermo doctor misdiagnosed me and there's no sense in continuing with him.

pepperthecat 2015-03-20 10:29:15 -0500 Report

believe me, your hair loss is a direct result of taking metformin. read my post of 3/20/15 and see if you don't agree. none of my doctors want to believe it either.

lmkilday 2011-06-30 01:08:05 -0500 Report

I haven't had thinning hair because of Metformin. My hair was thinning before I started taking Metformin.

purple1900 2011-06-24 18:45:49 -0500 Report

I noticed when I first went on metformin my hair was falling out especially when I washed it. I am no longer on metformin because we found out I'm allergic to it but the hair loss wasn't the allergic reaction. I broke out in really bad hives and scratched my arms so bad they started bleeding. I finally got tired of my hair falling out that I just cut it short for the summer so it would be cooler anyway

cavie2 2011-06-24 03:24:55 -0500 Report

Never had problems with Metformin but Pioglitazone YES. Massive hair loss with that drug I lost about one third of my hair and checked internet that is one of the side affects I started taking several Doo Gro hair products on the 13th December last year it claims to make your hair grow around 1inch per month. That has been just over 6 months ago and I have regrowth all over my head ranging from around half an inch to 6 inches. I have shampoo, conditioner, triple strength anti-breaking growth lotion, stimulating growth oil as well as a conditioner. I am not here to drum up customers for any product but I have found them a Godsend. This post was just to let other people know there is hope out there. I never really saw any difference till the end of the 2 month mark and thought this was another hyped up product then suddenly I had this hair sprouting up along my parting and as time went on it just spread to other areas.

Nani914 2017-07-05 13:26:00 -0500 Report

I would take Metformin and Pioglitazone for the first three months. My hair was falling out in chunks and just now getting out of a very dark depression. I have a new attitude towards my health and I'm really trying to stay positive and stress free. Went to my stylist and she gave me a fresh new hair style, that I'm now loving my face again. Changed my shampoo, taking a liquid biotin vitamin. I was looking for the Doo Gro products but they have been pulled out of retail stores here. I will search on Amazon for them. I used to use the coconut conditioner and love their products. Thank for sharing!

MrsCDogg 2011-06-23 05:41:21 -0500 Report

After doing some research I found that ochibeachgirl is correct. It's something that just happens to diabetics from time to time. It happened to me right before I was diagnosed. I lots lots of hair, stayed thirsty, lost a bunch of weight. Every one kept telling me how wonderful I looked from the weight loss, I just kept thinking, trust me folks, this is NOT how you want to lose weight. Before I was diagnosed and began treatment I lost probably close to 75lbs just from the diabetes being so totally out of control.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-24 02:12:51 -0500 Report

MrsCDogg, thats exactly the same things that happened to me. I didn't lose as much weight as you did but I did lose down to 110. I wish I could have stayed at that weight but I gained back the 20 lb that I lost and I gained it all in my middle. I did have a problem with hair loss when I was having to take antibiotics for an extended period of time. But that was before I was diagnosed with diabetes so I wasn't taking metformine then.
I haven't had any problem with reactions to my metformin thankfully, and I have been taking it for approx 6 years now.

Cheryl*G 2011-06-22 19:52:40 -0500 Report

Last year when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes I was put on metformin. About 6 months later I noticed my hair was falling out by the handfuls. I went back to my Dr. and ran some tests and found out it was my thyroid. Put me on meds for that and now my hair is thick and stopped falling out.

Patresa 2011-06-22 17:38:20 -0500 Report

It has been less than a month since finding out I have diabetes. I'm taking Metformin and it gives me really bad diarrhea. Does thisdrug affect anyone else like this? What can I do to stop this???

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-06-23 17:44:58 -0500 Report

Yogurt once or twice a day helped me through the adjustment period. If i skipped the yogurt the running to the bathroom came back.

ochibeachgirl 2011-06-23 17:04:31 -0500 Report

I have the 'runs' from metformin, as well as flatulence - my sister (who is diabetic too) finds it hilarious, b/cuz sometimes I will go at it for a few minutes - OMG! It does get better after your body gets accustomed to the metformin, but be careful, cause some of the other drugs we are subjected to can cause constipation. that is not so bad if you take it with metformin - keeps me regular, like before I was diagnosed (in 2000).

YogaGal 2011-06-23 10:05:19 -0500 Report

I haven't experienced that but have heard of it. Have you tried up-ping the fiber in your diet? Also, I have been drinking a vitamin-and mineral-packed shake called Shakeology every morning (sold by the people who do the P90-X work-outs, I believe) which is expensive (I cut the "doses" in half so it's only $50/month vs. $100) and that has made me very regular and if anything anti-diarrheal, if I even used that word correctly! :) It, for me, has also been good for hunger reduction (I have to make myself have an Atkins bar or a grapefruit mid-morning). No, I don't sell it. I bought it through a friend who is a rep, but you can get it online as well.

MrsCDogg 2011-06-23 05:38:09 -0500 Report

That is the reason I had to stop taking it. I was on it for several months and tried to hang in there with it but I got sick of being sick. I found that if I took Imodium at least every other day it would handle the diarrhea. But, who wants to live like that??

ochibeachgirl 2011-06-22 16:45:59 -0500 Report

My hair is thin and does fall out a bit, but like FLDawn, I don't think it's the metformin. I think it might be something that just happens sometimes in people with Diabetes. A doctor friend told me that Diabetes is an autoimmune problem where the body turns on itself, so that could include hair falling out. I've also noticed thinning of body hair (on my legs especially) - but not complaining about that - LOL!!

FLDawn 2011-06-22 14:21:30 -0500 Report

I DID have issues for about six months last year but honestly think it was stress not meds. My hair is fine now and thicker than ever and very healthy. It use to be that if I ran my fingers through my hair especially in the shower, I could make a wig out of what continued to come out with each stroke. I had the same thing about ten years ago after I lost both my Mom and Dad in less than a year and had a hysterectomy.

Overall I have had no issues with Metformin wood wood other than good results and that is hardly a bad issue :-) Are you taking anything else? How is YOUR stress level? Have you been a diabetic for very long? It is two years for me come next month. I decided to control the diabetes rather than let it control me. MY BS is almost normal now and my cholesterol is better than when I was 30. Diet and exercise is what I am doing and not very hard FYI…I love to swim but that is about it. My diet has done a complete change though.

Hugs to a fellow diabetic…talk to your doctor if it continues or is severe

redwestpow 2011-06-22 14:30:25 -0500 Report

I also take simvastatin and azor. I try to control my stress level but sometimes it get the best of me. I have been diagnosed with diabetes for 5 years. Thanks for responding.

FLDawn 2011-06-22 15:10:25 -0500 Report

We are all family here. I am not in here that much but when first diagnosed I was blessed to have found this site. I was terrified at first and the people here walked me through things and were always there for me when I had questions. Stress as you know does an awful job on you. Is the statin for cholesterol? I am not familiar with your meds but we all know meds have side effects. I am still on Metformin though a low dose of it. Take care and as I suggested, if it continues check with your doctor.

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