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UnfoldingSky

I have also read that Evening Primrose Oil and MSM are good for female hair loss. The EPO doesn't so much facilitate hair growth as much as it slows the shedding. The MSM is the one that is supposed to make your hair grow faster and thicker. Of course, I'm too scared to try either.

 

My doctor recently prescribed me Spironolactone for my hair loss. It's a drug that is used to lower high blood pressure, but it also has anti androgenic properties so it is used for female hormone issues caused by high testosterone or androgen sensitivity (acne, hair loss, hirsuitism, all of which I have.) But, like with most meds/supplements, I am terrified to take it. Especially since the worst crash I've ever had occurred right after starting birth control pills. Ever since then I've been wary of anything that messes with my hormones significantly. However, vanity is also a powerful influence.

 

Thanks for posting this ladybug.  I was going to try Evening Primrose for something else, and had forgotten that.  If I do I'll post the results.

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NorthAlabama25

This is mainly for the guys, i was never extremly hairy on my face and chest but since 5 yrs ago when i quit the  SSRI i feel like i have alot more hair growing on my chest and stomach area, and even my arms, anyone have this and can ssris or SSRI WITHDRAWAL CAUSE THIS?

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Sean

I've noticed this too. Especially on my arms, chest and stomach. I chalked it up to me just getting older (I'm 34), so thought maybe it was a coinicidence...and maybe it is. But I was never a super hairy guy either...now I feel like a sasquatch.

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GardeniaBlossom

That happened to me, too, and I'm a woman. I figure my hormones are out of balance.

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HopeforBetter1110

This is happening to me as well. I've always been a bit hairier than the average woman, but my hair has gotten thicker and darker in some areas. I pluck my chin daily at this point. On the other hand, my head hair is falling out and has thinned out a lot. 

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DaddyCee

what kind of time period are we looking at to recognise this please?

 

DC.

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HopeforBetter1110

what kind of time period are we looking at to recognise this please?

 

DC.

 

My hair loss started maybe a couple of months off all meds. I'm not completely sure. I'm 8 months off now and it's still happening.

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GardeniaBlossom

I started to notice the excessive hair growth, especially on my neck and chin at about 6 months off. I'm almost 16 months off, now.

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Fresh

I've been experimenting with natural remedies for dry , brittle hair , and have 2 amazing things to try.

 

One is adding rosemary essential oil to your shampoo. It makes each strand thicker and stronger. Add 3 drops to your regular amount.

 

The second is adding a 1/2 a teaspoon of gelatin to your shampoo , maybe once a week.

I use Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin ,see http://wellnessmama.com/7419/gelatin-uses/

 

“According to Nourishing Traditions and much of the information I’ve read from the Weston A. Price foundation, there are various health benefits to Gelatin, including:

 

- Supports skin, hair and nail growth

- Good for joints and can help joint recovery

- Can help tighten loose skin (like the kind you get after having four babies in five years…)

- Can improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily though the digestive track

- Rumored to help improve cellulite

- Great source of dietary collagen (side note: collagen is too large to be absorbed by the skin, so those skin creams are pretty useless… get it internally and use coconut oil for lotion!)

- Source of protein (though not a spectacular one) but its specific amino acids can help build muscle.”

 

Gelatin is largely composed of the amino acids glycine and proline, which many people don’t consume in adequate amounts as they are found in the bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals and as a population, we don’t consume these parts as much anymore. These amino acids are needed not only for proper skin, hair and nail growth, but for optimal immune function and weight regulation!

 

Glycine, which makes up about 1/3 of the amino acids in gelatin powder is anti-inflammatory and evidence is finding that it can help speed wound healing. Glycine in gelatin can also help improve sleep ease and quality"

 

I've been so happy with the effect on my hair that I added it to my long-hair chihuahua's shampoo.

Impressive , after just one shampoo :).

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HopeforBetter1110

I've been experimenting with natural remedies for dry , brittle hair , and have 2 amazing things to try.

 

One is adding rosemary essential oil to your shampoo. It makes each strand thicker and stronger. Add 3 drops to your regular amount.

 

The second is adding a 1/2 a teaspoon of gelatin to your shampoo , maybe once a week.

I use Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin ,see http://wellnessmama.com/7419/gelatin-uses/

 

“According to Nourishing Traditions and much of the information I’ve read from the Weston A. Price foundation, there are various health benefits to Gelatin, including:

 

- Supports skin, hair and nail growth

- Good for joints and can help joint recovery

- Can help tighten loose skin (like the kind you get after having four babies in five years…)

- Can improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily though the digestive track

- Rumored to help improve cellulite

- Great source of dietary collagen (side note: collagen is too large to be absorbed by the skin, so those skin creams are pretty useless… get it internally and use coconut oil for lotion!)

- Source of protein (though not a spectacular one) but its specific amino acids can help build muscle.”

 

Gelatin is largely composed of the amino acids glycine and proline, which many people don’t consume in adequate amounts as they are found in the bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals and as a population, we don’t consume these parts as much anymore. These amino acids are needed not only for proper skin, hair and nail growth, but for optimal immune function and weight regulation!

 

Glycine, which makes up about 1/3 of the amino acids in gelatin powder is anti-inflammatory and evidence is finding that it can help speed wound healing. Glycine in gelatin can also help improve sleep ease and quality"

 

I've been so happy with the effect on my hair that I added it to my long-hair chihuahua's shampoo.

Impressive , after just one shampoo :).

 

Fresh,

 

I'm considering getting gelatin capsules now and will plan on adding some rosemary to my shampoo. Thanks for the suggestion! I hope it works!

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PossibleButterfly

Wow. I think maybe my hair has gotten thinner since withdrawal. I feel so unattractive already. I'm buying some supplements off of Amazon in hopes they help. I tried to go back on Lexapro after having just come off Cymbalta and Lamotragine since I'm having a recurrence of depression and anxiety. Then I started getting intrusive thoughts and found on the internet a link between Lexapro and losing hair. I wish I knew how to combat depression without having to go back on these things that are completely screwing up our brains and body.

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DCnemsie

Hello HopeforBetter, I'm definitely going to try the gelatin & rosemary essential oil. The hair on the top of my head is thinning, I'm doing "the swirl" to cover my scalp. Sometimes I use Bosley colored powder. The hair on the back of my head is still thick. It's upsetting to see my once very thick & health hair falling out. :( Thank you for the post ♡

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Laura

My hair got thinner and not so shiny already on the pills. Generally I dont look so good anymore...i wish I could turn back time.

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Junglechicken

I've noticed a lot of hair on my pillow over the last few weeks - its freaking me out.

 

Also, there seems to be a lot more coming out on my hairbrush these days  :(

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moonstoneblue

The last week or so I have noticed my hair falling out. I'm not sure if this is due to me colouring my hair (I hadn't coloured it for 2 years) or if it is from withdrawal.

Years ago when I was put on tablets I experience a lot of hair loss, so I've always used sulfate free shampoos since then and been really careful with my scalp. So either colouring my hair has caused mine or withdrawing from Prozac :/

 

I'll just mention the one good thing I swore by when I experienced bad hair loss before was bamboo silica, I'm sure it worked really well for me at the time.

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Farout

I am around 2 years out from a bad reaction to pristiq.  I had the early hair loss, but it seemed to settle down.  For the past few months I've had a really itchy scalp, with lots of dandruff and my hair has been getting really greasy between washes.  

 

The ONLY other time I have experienced this was about 11 years ago, many months after I had tried a couple of sartroline, which I was prescribed a few weeks after I had been the victim of a violent crime.  I'm not kidding, exactly the same issues.  Back then it lasted around six months and was probably, in hindsight, the very tail end of a protracted withdrawal syndrome.

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NorthAlabama25

Any of you guys having this, I am having tons of body hair growth! My chest and stomach hair are  extremly thicker now, and my eyebrows are very thick too, I'm 5 years free since I cold turkeyed, and its annoying, I trim everywhere now cause its so thick  i looks awful and iches! Anyone else having this

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Junglechicken

Are you male or female?

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GuillotineDream

I have also read that Evening Primrose Oil and MSM are good for female hair loss. The EPO doesn't so much facilitate hair growth as much as it slows the shedding. The MSM is the one that is supposed to make your hair grow faster and thicker. Of course, I'm too scared to try either.

 

My doctor recently prescribed me Spironolactone for my hair loss. It's a drug that is used to lower high blood pressure, but it also has anti androgenic properties so it is used for female hormone issues caused by high testosterone or androgen sensitivity (acne, hair loss, hirsuitism, all of which I have.) But, like with most meds/supplements, I am terrified to take it. Especially since the worst crash I've ever had occurred right after starting birth control pills. Ever since then I've been wary of anything that messes with my hormones significantly. However, vanity is also a powerful influence.

 

ladybug, I hope you haven't taken the plunge with the Spiro. I was taking it for hormonal breakouts along with birth control and I do believe this really compounded my withdrawal. That drug is no joke and I think the Spiro is a big factor as to why I still have interstitial cystitis symptoms 5 or so years out from withdrawal and about 3 and a half years out from the Spiro which I did taper. That drug really messes with your kidneys and electrolyte balance as it does act like a diuretic. 

 

As for the hair issues; I used to have glorious long golden brown wavy locks and a few months in my hair started losing it's luster, shape and eventually ended up like straw. I've also counted about 11 grey hairs over the past 5 years. I went into withdrawal at 27 so it wasn't age that wrecked my hair either or harsh products as everything I use is all natural and as close to organic as I can get. It was the drugs. I now wear it much shorter which fortunately suits me, but it's grown much darker now. I've seemed to have halt the premature graying though which I probably owe to taking black strap molasses and Great Lakes gelatin (green can) in my tea every morning. I can't wait to add the gelatin to my Aubrey Organics shampoo like another member mentioned!

 

 

 

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GuillotineDream

My response is in the quote for some reason ^ :wacko:

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Crossover

For the past four yrs I've had sporadic hair loss. At first, I felt it was from "the change" going through menopause. I started taking hormones to balance out my hot flashes and sleepless nights all while taking Effexor or Venlafaxine 37.5mg. They (hormones) didn't seem to help with my hair and I am about convinced now its from the venlafaxine.  I would like to taper but worried it will increase the loss.  I experience what I'd consider high volume of hair loss daily.  It's mostly notice when in the shower, brushing or combing my hair out after the shower and during the drying of my hair, I literally see if fall to the ground. Also, notice the hair strands throughout the day on my shirt or desk and chair at work.  I've been passed around from doctor to doctor over the last two yrs., all my blood work comes back normal.  I do currently take all the important vitamins for hair.  This of course has been extremely stressing, which I realize stress can cause hair loss, but not this continued amount.  I am desperately searching for any input or experience with this and venlafaxine. Which btw, I've only been taking every other day, I wonder if I should increase to see if that will help before trying to taper?? Increasing isn't what I want to do, but at this point, if I get the right advice, I'll try anything. Thanks in advance for ANY input or advice!!

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Junglechicken

Crossover - I have had exactly the same issue (a lot of hair loss in the shower, on clothes and on my pillow).

 

Also, my bloodwork came back normal. My doc doesn't think I need any hormone tests to be done.

 

This is horrible.

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cheery

Hi there!  I experienced terrible hair loss shortly after starting escitalopram.  It wasn't a listed side effect, however upon contacting the drug manufacturer they confirmed it was a side effect experienced in clinical trials prior to the medication being finalized.  Due to this fact, they weren't compelled to list it as a possible side effect. Ugh!  I too had tons of hair on my pillow and in the shower.  It was just falling out everywhere and I could see my part was getting a lot wider.  I had lost so much hair it was depressing.  I tried a product called Priorin and it worked wonders for me!  I am in Canada and not sure if it is available elsewhere.  I bought it at our local drugstore.  I took it for 3 months and it didn't take long before I noticed results.  Within a month my hair had almost completely stopped falling out and then I started noticing new growth.  My hair is just about completely back to normal now.  

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ingridphoenix

I must be an odd duck, because I had the hair falling out thing happening to me while taking the ADs.

During times of high stress, it was worse, but I lost more than half of my hair through the years (about 15 years now)

Many of the withdrawal symptom many of you experience are what I experienced while on the medications.

My hope is that these things will now reverse themselves.

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Junglechicken

Going to try the gelatin Fresh - thank you for this!

 

Been upsetting seeing my hair falling out given that I don't have much of it as it is (I have fine hair).

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KarenB

A very gentle hair care treatment: 

 

Mix 1 egg-yolk with 1 teaspoon honey in a small cup.  In a separate cup mix 1 tablespoon apple-cider-vinegar with 1/2 cup cold water. 

 

In the shower, wet hair.  Massage egg mixture all over scalp and into hair.  Leave for a few minutes or as long as you like.  It's also lovely smoothed onto facial skin. 

Rinse well with warm/hot water.  Slowly pour over the vinegar mixture, getting all of the scalp and hair.  Work it right through.  Rinse with warm/hot water.  (Keep your eyes closed tight - the vinegar stings!).

 

I've been using this weekly for about 2 years now as my only shampoo/conditioner, and my hair has returned to feeling as soft as it did when I was a teenager. 

 

Please note:  This isn't a cure, it's just a gentler way to care for your hair, which can be nice to do when your hair is brittle.  Any shampoo that bubbles or froths has ingredients that are not great to be rubbing into your hair, let alone your skin, let alone skin right next to your brain ;).  And that's true for anyone, not just those of us in w/d. 

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rowinghippy

I (male) too have had increased hair growth. Stomach, chin, face. Luckily I'm asian so I had almost zero hair to begin with, but it is mildly weird. More worried what it says about my endocrine system.

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keepinghope

I've definitely had increased hair shedding in WD, and I've also found the texture of my hair is changing. It was always fine and straight, now it's dry and coarse, and breaks a lot. Seem to have a lot more greys too, and the annoying thing is they're popping up just as my hair decides it can't take even the most gentle colourant! I'm a walking bad hair day advert - split ends and frizz!

 

Going to give KarenB's egg/honey and vinegar recipe a go, I think it's hugely lacking in protein. Been using coconut oil overnight, but even that's not cutting it anymore.

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BlackDiamond

Hi, I'm just wondering if someone has noticed a change in color, because I noticed thickening of hair (head, body, face) and change from brown to black. Then it went black to brown again, I told this to physicians but they don't explain why it was and I look on the internet and I got no answers too.  It got thicker but at the same time I had an awesome hair loss and it looked brittle and without curls, as it normal is.

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Tootsieroll

Can anyone here tell me when your hormones rectified themselves?  Past 3 years now and only baby hairs have grown in in the bald spots.  From other stories, it seems their hair grew in much faster (up to a year).  My thyroid is still whacky and my menstrual cycles are all over the map.  What's the average time for hormones to level out?

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happysally

In June 2017 I went cold turkey off ALL my many antidepressants because at that point I was poisoning my body.  I had just been saved out of a very abusive marriage as my husband died.  I was relieved of that horrible depression and my body told me that by causing me to become VERY sick 30 mins after taking my meds.  Having said that, do not stop your antidepressants cold turkey.  Each day thereafter I felt better and less "poisoned".  Each evening I asked myself, to do a self evaluation, how was I feeling today.  Wow, amazing.  As I expected to return on to them, but at a smaller dose, in 4 weeks I began feeling weepy.  I went back onto all, but at the minimum dose.  Now I feel the most fantastic I  remember  feeling in my life!

I have beautiful long, blonde, thick-textured hair and lots of it.   It's my best feature......

 

Sept, 1, my hair began coming out in my brush and my comb.  This is Dec 15, 2017 and it continues to comb out.  That's only 3 months.  According to research on line, it  might last 6 mnths.  I have zero stress so that was not my cause - I blame the cold turkey quitting of my antidepressants.  At first I was as upset as all of you have said.  All of you on this post, know more about alopecia than doctors and medical web sites combined.  I have  Hashimoto's hypothyroidism and ALL my blood work is perfect.  I've done a lot of analyzing the months before this happened to determine if there were any other med changes in my life.  None.  I don't take other meds except hypothyroidism.  In all my depression years, and the whole gamut of antidepressants I've been on,, none ever caused alopecia.  Nor tapering them down. 

 

My female neighbor is loosing her hair and she does NOT take antidepressants and her thyroid is fine.  She takes biotin.  She IS under a lot of stress.  One time, my sister's was loosing her hair when she was under a lot of stress...and it stopped and returned to normal.  AND, my psychiatrist AND endocrinologist are no help!  You all know so much more then they do.  I recommend to everyone to learn as much as you can via the internet about hair loss - it can help ease our stress.

 

My conclusion is I've decided to stop worrying about my hair loss, ONLY because I can't do anything about it no matter how it is related to my antidepressants.  (I never experienced hair loss with any meds.)  Stress will only make it worse.  When I think back to some ailments in my life that were stressing and seemed to last forever, they too subsided and my body moved on.........(to some other ailment...... LOL).

 

I will check back here to update in a few months. 

 

Thank you everyone for taking your time to talk about hair loss with antidepressants.

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Ippia

Hello everyone. I'd like to know from some users that have used it, if it safe to use saw palmetto for hair loss. Any sides from it?

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Pearlsky

In my experience after I cold-turkeyed all my medicine one year ago, my hair has been thinner and has lost much of its previous volume. It is so saddening because I had super thick wavy hair before and wish I could turn back the clock. Now it’s straight, flat, and dull. It’s not thin, but I’m used to it being much thicker and this issue appears to be getting worse. When I brush my hair, I am horrified to see clumps. It makes me not even want to bother with it. I try hard not to worry, but it’s difficult because I KNOW my hair used to look better and it makes me feel bad about my appearance. I’ve always taken good care of my hair and I really hope it grows back to its former shape soon.

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RealMe

 

1 hour ago, Pearlsky said:

In my experience after I cold-turkeyed all my medicine one year ago, my hair has been thinner and has lost much of its previous volume. It is so saddening because I had super thick wavy hair before and wish I could turn back the clock. Now it’s straight, flat, and dull. It’s not thin, but I’m used to it being much thicker and this issue appears to be getting worse. When I brush my hair, I am horrified to see clumps. It makes me not even want to bother with it. I try hard not to worry, but it’s difficult because I KNOW my hair used to look better and it makes me feel bad about my appearance. I’ve always taken good care of my hair and I really hope it grows back to its former shape soon.

My hair was falling out like crazy and it was dull and completely lacking in shine when I was on Abilify.  I am pleased to report that after five months, it is looking much better!  If you are eating nutritionally, I'm sure yours will return to its former glory!

 

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Raye

Hello,

 

I was just reaching out to see if any one has experienced hair loss from antidepressants. I unfortunately have lost a lot of my hair over the past two years. I can see my scalp on the back of my head if I let my hair down so I usually keep it in a pony tail. I attribute it to anxiety I used to experience (the reason I went on the medication in the first place)  and possibly the stress my body is under when tapering or on the antidepressant. I saw this on google that people experience hair loss but I didn’t really find it on here. I take vitamins and try to mange stress and it seems to help me feel better. I'm not really looking for advice, just wondering how many other people experience hair loss. 

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