Hair Loss With Lyrica And Propranolol
Hair loss is associated rarely with Lyrica and propranolol.
I am taking Lyrica, propananol and Xanax. I also take 1/2 scoop of Quest twice a day. I am having a lot of hair loss and can’t figure out how to stop it.
Although not common, a few of the medications you listed in your inquiry have been reported to cause hair loss, also known as alopecia. These medications are:
Lyrica And Hair Loss
Dermatologic reactions are thought to be uncommon with Lyrica (pregabalin). Nevertheless, the prescribing information for the drug lists the following adverse reactions (occurring in 0.1-1% of individuals) (1):
- Dry skin (xerosis)
- Hirsutism (excess hair growth)
Cosmetic side effects are among the most commonly reported (and troublesome) side effects of anti-epileptic drugs (2). Although Lyrica is more commonly used to treat nerve-type pain, it can be used as an anti-epileptic and is related to other anti-epileptic drugs, such as gabapentin.
In the vast majority of cases, if Lyrica is the cause of hair loss, it is reversible upon discontinuation of the drug.
Propranolol And Hair Loss
If hair loss occurs while taking a beta-blocker like propranolol, it is thought to be reversible upon discontinuation.
Other Drugs Associated With Hair Loss
- ACE-Inhibitors (1-5% incidence)
- Anti-anxiety drugs (e.g. benzodiazepines and buspirone)
- Anticoagulants (e.g. warfarin) (>5% incidence)
- Anti-fungals (e.g. fluconazole) (>5% incidence)
- Calcium channel blockers (e.g. diltiazem)
- Oral contraceptives (early generation progestins)
- SSRIs (e.g. Zoloft)
If you are experiencing hair loss while taking medication, it is important to make your doctor aware so you can be appropriately evaluated. In general, medication induced hair loss generally occurs 1 to 3 months after initiation of therapy (often not immediately). The good news is that once the offending drug is discontinued, the hair loss is generally reversible but has been reported to take between 2 and 12 months to see re-growth (8).
As every individuals' medical situation is unique, it is important to discuss your options with your doctor.
Lyrica (pregabalin) is used for a variety of indications, including:
- Neuropathic pain
- Adjunctive therapy for partial onset seizure
Lyrica is structurally similar to Neurontin (gabapentin) but has far greater bioavailability. It is available in both capsules and oral solution, which may be administered without regard to meals.