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The only thing recent change in my medications has been the addition of adderall xr, and since about a week or so after i started taking it, i started losing much more hair than usual in the shower and when i brush my hair. i also started taking ginkgo, however all my research on that shows that it is used to actually stimulate hair growth and not make you lose hair.

i looked on the PI sheet to see if hair loss was even listed as a side effect, and it wasn't. i googled it and got a couple hits on it as a rare side effect, but that was about it.

have any of you lost hair on adderall, or know of someone who has? is this in my imagination or something? how long before my hair vitamin kicks in and makes the hair loss stop? ;)

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It's an apatite suppressant. Make sure you're still eating right.

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i'm vegan, so eating right is always an issue. i'm trying to eat as much as i can, and i'm dropping weight. i've already lost 5lbs, and it isn't like i need to lose weight. so it very well could be the food issue. it could just be coincidental timing and the food issue- i haven't been eating right or enough since i started on ssdi.

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tomorrow i'm going to the doctor for a full blood workup to see if it is hormonal or nutritional. hopefully we'll get some answers.

in the meantime, my research is showing that i can actually take the combined pill, but just need a higher dose of lamictal (i wish they'd make up their minds about this!). every study seems to be different on whether or not there is an increased risk of pregnancy in women who take lamictal and the bc pill.

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tomorrow i'm going to the doctor for a full blood workup to see if it is hormonal or nutritional. hopefully we'll get some answers.

in the meantime, my research is showing that i can actually take the combined pill, but just need a higher dose of lamictal (i wish they'd make up their minds about this!). every study seems to be different on whether or not there is an increased risk of pregnancy in women who take lamictal and the bc pill.

There is no history of hair loss in my family but here i am at 25 loosing hair in the crown area and Im beginning to suspect adderall. I never had an issue with hair loss until about three years, around the same time I began adderall. I'm just wondering if you found anything related to hair loss and adderall. A cursory google search doesn't really turn up anything definitive on loosing your hair while on adderall... Just wondering what your blood work might have said. thansk much -jon@smurfsex.net

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tomorrow i'm going to the doctor for a full blood workup to see if it is hormonal or nutritional. hopefully we'll get some answers.

in the meantime, my research is showing that i can actually take the combined pill, but just need a higher dose of lamictal (i wish they'd make up their minds about this!). every study seems to be different on whether or not there is an increased risk of pregnancy in women who take lamictal and the bc pill.

I too am on Adderall XR 30mg, since July of 2006, I was losing hair normally or so I thought, it seems until I switched to the 30mg dose. My hair falls out like mad, it has thinned out so much through the front at the top of my forehead. I even called Shire and they have no idea why that would be happening.

I too went to the doctor and am waiting for blood work results...I thought it might be something called Tellogen Effulvium, rapid hair loss brought on by stress to your body, Google it, but it just seems so coincidental that I've never had hair issues until I got on Adderall. Is there a similar medication I can switch to because it really does work for me?

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adderall really works for me too, and as far as what my pdoc has said, he'd put me on concerta next, but that has a known side effect of hair loss.

i haven't gotten my blood work back yet, but i think it's the adderall and i'll probably ask my pdoc to stop it. as much as i love adderall, it was too coincidental that as soon as i started taking it i started losing too much hair.

now, my gyn said it could be stress on my body, especially my liver, caused by too much medication in my system demanding too many different things of my liver. so she wanted me to switch contraceptions from the pill (processed in the liver) to the ring (doesn't go through the liver), and ask my pdoc about getting off of risperdal, which messes with lactation. i got off of risperdal and the med i took to surpress lactation, the symmetrel, and take abilify now. so there are 2 less meds i take that go through my liver.

i don't know if i'm losing less hair. if i don't stop losing hair here soon and my blood work doesn't yield any answers, i'm going to stop adderall. as much as i love it, i love my hair more. i have such nice, thick hair, and i'm not going to lose it.

my uncle is a pharmacist and he said that hair loss isn't even a rare side effect for adderall so it can't be that, but it is just too coincidental. maybe my gyn is right and it is stress on my body/liver.

i think i'll know soon enough. when i know what it is for me, i'll let you know.

i just did a google on Telogen Effluvium, and they suggest doing a pull test to see if you have it- pick several spots on your scalp, and take an area with about 25-30 hairs, and do a sharp tug. you should get 2-3. if you get more like 5, then you could have it. look at the end. it should have a waxy shaft. if it doesn't, then it could be TE.

i just did a pull test on my hair and it doesn't look like TE.

that might be what she was talking about. i have another appointment with her on the 23rd. she ran a test on my prolactin (i was taking risperdal) and on my thyroid.

i asked on yahoo answers about adderall and hair loss, and a doctor said that none of his patients, including his son, have experienced hair loss due to adderall.

i was looking and it could be a hormonal imbalance as well, maybe because i was taking micronor (birth control that took away my periods) and risperdal (too much prolactin). i have no idea. i just want my hair to stop falling out!

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The active compounds in adderal have been in use and studied for something like 50 years. If it's the adderal that's causing hair loss, it seems like it would have to be a coloring or another inactive ingredient that is to blame. Since it's available in both brand and generic formulations, you might want to try both.

If your ADD is as bad as you say and it works, what's wrong with a wig? When it comes to stimulants, variations on amphetimine and methylphenidate are all there is. You just tossed half your options out the window on a hunch.

Hormonal imbalance seems pretty obvious.

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I thought it was in this thread where I posted the link but I guess not. You have a few on this subject. Hair loss is common side effect of discontinuing many birth control pills regardless of if it's to stop taking them or to change the kind your are taking. It can take 6-8 months for your hair to get back to normal.

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my gyn took me off of micronor (progestin only) and put me on nuvaring (combined) because she felt that an estrogen/progesterone imbalance could be at work. she also thought that the high prolactin levels from risperdal could have something to do with it, so asked me to ask my pdoc to discontinue risp. both of these were in response to losing my hair, not prior to losing my hair.

she said that either my liver is overreacting, or there is an imbalance with the progesterone/estrogen/prolactin axis in my body. that would be corrected with different bc and the discontinuation of risp.

she thinks it is coincidence that losing my hair happened about two weeks after i started adderall.

it may also be that TE, and if it is that, then the event causing the hair loss happened months ago and i have no control over what happened months ago. it could have been when i began micronor, as beginning bc also screws with your hair. i'd have to see a derm to figure out what kind of hair loss i have and speculate on why and what, if anything, we can do about it.

i've read that TE isn't so bad, it usually stops, and doesn't usually lead to noticeable hair loss.

i want to be able to drive, but i want my hair too.

i found a good article on pub med about a study with women having hair loss due to a progesterone/prolactin imbalance.

i hope they're right and this is hormonal, so i don't have to stop a med that really helps me (and makes everyone safer on the road) ;)

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i am 100% certain adderral xr is the reason for my hair loss since it started almost immediately after i started taking it - about 2 weeks. not only that i have lost 30#s and i am yellow! i am normally caucasion. its not funny. i saw my uncle die of liver failure and his corpse was yellow. i have seen animals die of jaundice-liver failure-yellow skin. its scarry to know that all this research done in vein on animals has done absolutely nothing to prove the reliability of drugs they supposedly pretest on. yet they kill millions of animals a day in labs, when in actuality we are the guinea pigs. dont get me wrong, i don't think innocent people like us should be guinea pigs, but i also dont think innocent animals should be either. its been proven time and time again that science can replicate these outcomes via computers. and really, if they can't wouldn't you rather have known these results sooner via a human guinea pig. i would. unfortunately we all are. despite what your doc and pharmacisit tell you. their statistics dont mean jack. you should see me. my hair looks like a balding 50 y.o old man, and my skin looks like i was soaked in curry. i have been on it for only4 months. i have also lost about 25 pounds. given the only plus of my ability to focus. i am only getting about 3 hours a sleep at night at best. i need at least eight.

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i am 100% certain adderral xr is the reason for my hair loss since it started almost immediately after i started taking it - about 2 weeks. not only that i have lost 30#s and i am yellow! i am normally caucasion. its not funny. i saw my uncle die of liver failure and his corpse was yellow. i have seen animals die of jaundice-liver failure-yellow skin. its scarry to know that all this research done in vein on animals has done absolutely nothing to prove the reliability of drugs they supposedly pretest on. yet they kill millions of animals a day in labs, when in actuality we are the guinea pigs. dont get me wrong, i don't think innocent people like us should be guinea pigs, but i also dont think innocent animals should be either. its been proven time and time again that science can replicate these outcomes via computers. and really, if they can't wouldn't you rather have known these results sooner via a human guinea pig. i would. unfortunately we all are. despite what your doc and pharmacisit tell you. their statistics dont mean jack. you should see me. my hair looks like a balding 50 y.o old man, and my skin looks like i was soaked in curry. i have been on it for only4 months. i have also lost about 25 pounds. given the only plus of my ability to focus. i am only getting about 3 hours a sleep at night at best. i need at least eight.

not mellow-yellow

Dude, if it's that bad, why are you still taking that particular med?

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i am 100% certain adderral xr is the reason for my hair loss since it started almost immediately after i started taking it - about 2 weeks. not only that i have lost 30#s and i am yellow! i am normally caucasion. its not funny. i saw my uncle die of liver failure and his corpse was yellow. i have seen animals die of jaundice-liver failure-yellow skin. its scarry to know that all this research done in vein on animals has done absolutely nothing to prove the reliability of drugs they supposedly pretest on. yet they kill millions of animals a day in labs, when in actuality we are the guinea pigs. dont get me wrong, i don't think innocent people like us should be guinea pigs, but i also dont think innocent animals should be either. its been proven time and time again that science can replicate these outcomes via computers. and really, if they can't wouldn't you rather have known these results sooner via a human guinea pig. i would. unfortunately we all are. despite what your doc and pharmacisit tell you. their statistics dont mean jack. you should see me. my hair looks like a balding 50 y.o old man, and my skin looks like i was soaked in curry. i have been on it for only4 months. i have also lost about 25 pounds. given the only plus of my ability to focus. i am only getting about 3 hours a sleep at night at best. i need at least eight.

not mellow-yellow

I second Luna - why are you still taking this if it has given you this much trouble? If you are positive that all of these side effects are from this med and not some other confounding variable (bc then you would want to change that), you can go to your doctor and tell him that the side effects are too much to handle. Not to mention, if your skin really is jaundice as you said, you shouldnt just be ignoring it but going to a regular doc as well to get some tests. Then you can go to your pdoc and discuss a possible med change. some meds are not for everyone. what works for one person might not work for the next. that is how it goes.

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Adderall is a C-II drug

That means it requires a visit every 30d for a refill.

Therefore someone is, in theory, seeing you every 30 days, unless they are crosswise with the DEA.

If you are this concerned, it is your responsibility as a human (not a guinea pig with thumbs) to

1) tell your prescriber that you believe it is causing liver problems, and call his or her attention to your apparently jaundiced skin and sclera and your dramatic weight loss

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2) get your self in to your GP. Or the ER. You would be wanting a CMP/LFTs drawn. Liver failure is pretty easy to diagnose.

Bada bing, bada boom.

Anyone who's lost that much weight that fast, I'd expect some hair loss.

Hair loss from drugs or environmental stressors usually takes 2 months minimum to show up.

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you should see me. my hair looks like a balding 50 y.o old man, and my skin looks like i was soaked in curry.

If you really are experiencing jaundice and hair loss, you damn well need to see a doctor instead of ranting online about being a human guinea pig on speed. Liver damage and hepatitis are NOT things to screw around with.

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I would be way more concerned abut being yellow than the hair issue, yikes!

In my own experience, I starting losing hair afer about 6 months on Lamictal, and it's not really come back. Since I'm a chick, extensions will be my gift from Santa.

But please get your liver patched up. No med is worth that!

Best of luck

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i didn't lose any of my hair, but it changed A LOT. Im REALLY young, so it wasn't a natural thing at all. The color got lighter and the texture of it turned from REALLY wavy to straight and flat. And the thickness changed. it went from thick and shiny to thin and almost wispy. The color itself went from black-brown to reddish-hazel. i looked online too and apparently its becoming more and more common...the only problem is i need the adderall for school...otherwise i get crap grades.

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Amphetamine may cause hair loss via two mechanisms: 1) By decreasing blood flow to scalp, 2) By increasing serum testosterone levels, which in turn raises levels of DHT.

I started taking Adderall in 2006, and I can state with 100% certainty that it makes my hair fall out. If I stop taking it for even 2 weeks the loss is reversed, and I can see the re-growth. I have stopped-started the therapy many times, and it always yields the same result: Hair doesn't grow/falls out while taking, and grows like crazy when not taking.

The hair loss is a nuisance, but amphetamine is far more insidious. Do you ever find yourself hardly breathing? I urge you to give this conscious thought, otherwise you will not realize it is happening. This is your body's way of down-regulating blood pressure, which was increased by the amphetamine. Long story short, if you don't correct the breathing problem, you develop respiratory acidosis, which leads to right side heart failure.

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The hair loss is a nuisance, but amphetamine is far more insidious. Do you ever find yourself hardly breathing? I urge you to give this conscious thought, otherwise you will not realize it is happening. This is your body's way of down-regulating blood pressure,

which was increased by the amphetamine.

Actually, not breathing tends to lead to high blood pressure, as anyone dealing with apnea can tell you.

Even if your theory were valid, there's still the minor issue that stimulants are generally not prescribed for ADHD at a high enough dose to raise blood bressure more than a few mmHg. Unless you have severe circulatory problems, a heated argument or light exercise will raise your blood pressure more - and your body will NOT try to compensate by not breathing.

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The hair loss is a nuisance, but amphetamine is far more insidious. Do you ever find yourself hardly breathing? I urge you to give this conscious thought, otherwise you will not realize it is happening. This is your body's way of down-regulating blood pressure,

which was increased by the amphetamine.

Actually, not breathing tends to lead to high blood pressure, as anyone dealing with apnea can tell you.

Even if your theory were valid, there's still the minor issue that stimulants are generally not prescribed for ADHD at a high enough dose to raise blood bressure more than a few mmHg. Unless you have severe circulatory problems, a heated argument or light exercise will raise your blood pressure more - and your body will NOT try to compensate by not breathing.

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i am having this same problem, but i have been taking high doses of adderall (100 mgs) a day. I noticed dandruff and itchy scalp, then noticed hair thinning after 2 weeks of on and off. now im still taking it but i have a mini (seriously not that big) thinning spot on my vertex, and diffuse thinning that looks like lines throughout my whole scalp. I have no receding hairline but this is seriously troubling me.

When the hair first fell out it seemed normal sized and had white bulbs. now my hair is semi thin and wispy in certain areas and i see tiny hairs falling out and also hairs without bulbs now falling out. i am losing hair on the sides of my head too! just wondering if when im done with drugs... will my hair come back?? i used to have perfect brown thick hair, im 24 this sucks. oh also, zero mpb in my family, both sides. I have my dad's exact hair, hes 65 and has a full head of thick gray hair (used to be brown)

somebody let me know whats up?

also anyone who says that adderall, ritalin, concerta, focalin etc. doesnt cause hair loss... your rediculous its a well documented fact that amphetamines cause it, and all those prescription drugs are amphetamines

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i am having this same problem, but i have been taking high doses of adderall (100 mgs) a day. I noticed dandruff and itchy scalp, then noticed hair thinning after 2 weeks of on and off. now im still taking it but i have a mini (seriously not that big) thinning spot on my vertex, and diffuse thinning that looks like lines throughout my whole scalp. I have no receding hairline but this is seriously troubling me.

1. Well considering that the max dose for adderall is 60mg (for narcolepsy) I'm not sure what you're expecting. If you think the adderall is causing a side effect that's a problem, you should probably take that concern to the physician who decided to put you on the higher dose.

When the hair first fell out it seemed normal sized and had white bulbs. now my hair is semi thin and wispy in certain areas and i see tiny hairs falling out and also hairs without bulbs now falling out. i am losing hair on the sides of my head too! just wondering if when im done with drugs... will my hair come back?? i used to have perfect brown thick hair, im 24 this sucks. oh also, zero mpb in my family, both sides. I have my dad's exact hair, hes 65 and has a full head of thick gray hair (used to be brown)

somebody let me know whats up?

2. Are you eating well? Regular meals? Adderall is known to decrease the appetite and if your body isn't getting what it needs every day fucked up things can happen... like your hair falling out.

also anyone who says that adderall, ritalin, concerta, focalin etc. doesnt cause hair loss... your rediculous its a well documented fact that amphetamines cause it, and all those prescription drugs are amphetamines

3. Documented... where? If you're going to call people ridiculous, then please back it up. Otherwise, I don't see how your comment is anymore intelligent then someone saying that the earth is flat. Besides which - if you're so sure that it's a documented fact - why are you posting asking a question that you already appear to have yourself an answer for?

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The only thing recent change in my medications has been the addition of adderall xr, and since about a week or so after i started taking it, i started losing much more hair than usual in the shower and when i brush my hair. i also started taking ginkgo, however all my research on that shows that it is used to actually stimulate hair growth and not make you lose hair.

i looked on the PI sheet to see if hair loss was even listed as a side effect, and it wasn't. i googled it and got a couple hits on it as a rare side effect, but that was about it.

have any of you lost hair on adderall, or know of someone who has? is this in my imagination or something? how long before my hair vitamin kicks in and makes the hair loss stop? ;)

loon

I am 19 years old and have been taking aderral for a few months now, and I also have noticed that more of my hair seems to be falling out! I thought I was the only one here, I will speak to my doctor about this.

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i am 22 year old female and have been taking adderall for two weeks now. today i took a shower and a large chunk of hair came out in my hand while washing, i turned around and saw that the drain was really clogged by even more hair. Im kinda scared i have always had nice thick hair and i dont want it to fall out

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OMG I AM SOOO HAPPY THAT I FOUND THIS THREAD!!

I wear hair extensions so it's easy to mistake the fake hair with my real hair when it's in the sink, shower or brush. After being on Adderall XR for about 3 months I went to get my extensions removed and while my stylist was brushing and washing my hair it started coming out in HUGE clumps. She had an ENTIRE fistful by the time she was finished. I have never experienced anything like this. I literally lost 1/3 of my natural hair:(

This med has also caused me to have an irregular heart beat. I love being focused and feeling in control and efficient, but obviously this med is toxic to my body. I have an appt with my doctor tomorrow, and I REFUSE to take Adderall XR any more!

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