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Re: ACs and hair loss? (yikes) chloe

Posted by Emme on October 2, 2001, at 21:32:38

In reply to Re: ACs and hair loss? (yikes) Emme, posted by chloe on October 1, 2001, at 20:25:16

Thanks for your input Chloe. This is a bummer. I have terribly thin hair to start with. I've been tested for medical problems that might cause thin hair and every bit of blood taken out of me is totally normal. So it is mostly likely genetic (i.e. rotten luck. There's some family history for this.) Anyway, any extra hairs falling out really upset me. I've stopped the Trileptal and am not taking a high dose of Neurontin. I hope that Gabitril won't do much damage.

I am still gradually increasing the dose of Gabitril and am not sure yet how beneficial it is. My body does not feel as sick on it as it did with the Trileptal. Last week I was agitated and anxious with raw nerves. Adding Neurontin back in smoothed things out. But now I'm awfully tired and sad this week and struggling to try to work. I think the Gabitril is keeping the bottom from falling out, but I'd like to do better than that.

I've been watching your thread above about the Lithium. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the Li will be a good long term solution for you. (Without grey, dry hairs!)


> Hi Emme,
> I don't have any definitive answers for you. I think what the dermatologist said is correct, though. I think all AC's do cause some thinning. I found Depakote and Trileptal to be the worst for me. I thought neurotin was causing some shedding, but since I got off of the other major AC's and am on lithium, I have noticed a dramatic stopping of the shedding...However, this may not last, since I have read Lithium can cause drying and thinning of hair!
> So bottom line, I think you really need to eat a healthy diet, take a good vitamin, and possibly supplement with a little extra zinc. Oh, yeah, and not worry too much about it! I think the body does adjust to these meds in time, and hair shedding will decrease... That is just my humble opinion though! Sorry I don't have more to offer.
> Hey how is the gabitril trial going anyway? I hope you are feeling a bit more stable :)
> Chloe
> >
> > I've been trying different anticonvulants. I just got off of Trileptal and am trying Gabitril, along with Neurontin. I was at a max of 300 mg Trileptal. I'm currently taking 10 mg Gabitril, and no more than 900 mg Neurontin (mostly more like 600 mg). Recently I seem to be shedding more hair in the shower. It's subtle enough so that I'm not completely sure, but I'm feeling nervous about it now. I'm hoping I'm just imagining it, but I'm going to be keeping an eye on things. A dermatologist tells me that all of the ACs can cause hair thinning (I hope *can* doesn't mean *will*). My questions are:
> > - If anyone has epxerienced this, did it stop and go back to normal while still on the drug?
> > - there anything that can be done to counteract it?
> > I don't want to feel ugly on top of being depressed.
> >
> > Thanks so much.
> > Emme




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