Is Wellbutrin making my hair fall out?
November 21, 2010 2:21 PM Subscribe
My doctor doesn't think it's possible, but could Wellbutrin make my hair fall out?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've been taking Wellbutrin for about three weeks, at a low dose--100 mg 2x day. I've been depressed for a long time, but started taking meds due to an unexpected breakup. I basically had a little emotional breakdown. I've been stressed before, but never at that level and for that long. I don't even remember October, because I basically slept for 15 hours a day, cried when I was awake, and barely ate anything (mainly pop tarts and pizza).
I started the Wellbutrin and felt better. Then I noticed my hairbrush had more hair in it than usual. My hair is fine to begin with, and not that thick. I didn't think about it until I noticed the brush was full of hair again, a few days after I had cleaned it. I put my hair in a ponytail and it's definitely thinner, by about 1/2. (I'm a woman, late 30s, but I've never lost hair before. This is definitely tied to recent events, but I'm not sure if it's stress or the new meds.)
So, this is not cool. I'm seeing my psychiatrist this week, but she's already expressed that she doesn't think the Wellbutrin is at fault. But do a Google search and there are tons of people claiming that they experienced the same side effect. I know, anecdote does not equal data, but it's got me worried.
It seems like the hair loss has slowed down now. I've amped up my vitamins (extra Biotin), I've added flaxseed and evening primrose oil to my diet, I'm eating better and I've started using Nioxin, which has definitely helped in the past. But every time I brush my hair (very gently!) and see little strands come out, I feel nervous.
I can't lose any more hair. I also would like to keep taking Wellbutrin, since I've had the best response to it of all drugs (and the fact that I'm not totally freaking out about this seems to suggest that the meds are working). I don't know what to do. Has anyone else gone through this? Did your hair eventually grow back?