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Is Lyrica 100mg 3 x a day cause hair loss

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Dr. Vaishalee Punj

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Posted on Sat, 26 Jan 2019 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: Is Lyrica 100mg 3 x a day cause hair loss ,My hair is falling out in hand fulls.
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Answered by Dr. Vaishalee Punj 6 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Yes it may cause it

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome to Ask A Doctor service.

I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

If the hair fall started after starting Lyrica, then there is probability that it is causing it. It maybe directly causing it or by causing diarhea.

Hope this helps. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Dr Vaishalee
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Answered by Dr. Vaishalee Punj 11 minutes later
Brief Answer:
There are many options

Detailed Answer:
Hi again

Kindly let me know your health problem in detail for which you are taking Lyrica. Nerve pain maybe caused by many conditions like trigeminal neuralgia, sciatica etc.

Carbamazepine is good for neuralgia. There are many other options available.

Waiting for your response.
Dr Vaishalee
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Follow up: Dr. Vaishalee Punj 0 minute later
what other drug can be used for nerve pain then lyrica.

Should I stop taking lyrica all at once.
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Follow up: Dr. Vaishalee Punj 1 minute later
You did not give me any advice on what to do. you just told me it may cause hair loss.
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Follow up: Dr. Vaishalee Punj 3 minutes later
I am a diabetic pain is in foot
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Follow up: Dr. Vaishalee Punj 9 minutes later
waiting please answer ,it is almost 2am I would like to go to bed
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Follow up: Dr. Vaishalee Punj 16 minutes later
its 23 minutes now you answered faster then this please I am 70 years old and need my sleep it is 2 am in the states now.
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Answered by Dr. Vaishalee Punj 5 minutes later
Brief Answer:
For today you can take pregabalin

Detailed Answer:
Hi again

For today you can take pregabalin. But if hair loss is excessive then it needs to be discontinued.

Your doctor will probably start you on Gabapentin or antidepressants like Duloxetine, Venlafaxine, Amytriptiline as an alternative.
Capsaicin cream can be applied over the painful area. Available over-the-counter.
Supplements containing alpha lipoic acid can also be tried and can show efficacy due to anti-oxidative effect. Its also available over the counter.

Hope this helps. Feel free to write back.
Dr Vaishalee
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Follow up: Dr. Vaishalee Punj 7 hours later
Duloxetine I though it was for depression ,I was on it and did not feel depressed so I stop taking .I did not know it is used for diabetic foot pain as well .Please clarify this for me.
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Answered by Dr. Vaishalee Punj 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Yes its been approved

Detailed Answer:
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The two medicines that have been approved by US FDA for diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) are Lyrica (Pregabalin) and Cymbalta (Duloxetine). There is research to support this recommendation. If it has suited you in the past, then you can take it again for DPN.

Dr Vaishalee

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