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Vitamin B5 megadose hairloss

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Old 02-19-2013, 02:04 AM   #1
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Vitamin B5 megadose hairloss

Hey everyone! I tried to cure my acne a few months ago using Vilantae (B5 and various other vitamins) and it was an extremely bad decision.

I had very oily skin, and it did make my skin less oily, however my hair started falling out dramatically, in the shower, on my bed, everytime I run my hands through my hair, 1 or 2 hairs fall out. Also some side effects I got while taking it were: diarrhea, bad fatigue, sleepiness, lethargy.

I normally had very thick hair and its getting noticeably thinner. I used it in the middle of september around 5-8 grams a day, and stopped after around 3 weeks after noticing my hair falling out. Fast forward to february and it has continued and I have no idea what to do about it. I mean I only used it for 3 weeks and it still hasn't subsided? I wish I did my research :/

Im only 21 and I don't want this ruining the rest of my life. If anyone could help me out, that would be fantastic. Thanks guys!

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Old 02-19-2013, 04:10 AM   #2
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Re: Vitamin B5 megadose hairloss

Hi Phillyeagles (im an Eagles fan too!) .

Pantothenic acid, or vitamin B5 is safe when used correctly- and using it for hairloss is one of the reasons people take it; however the correct dosage does not exceed 5 mgs. Diarrhea is the most common side effect and you were taking quite a bit more than the normal dosage. Its used for all sorts of disorders, however baldness and hair loss are the most common.

There is no reason that your hair should have started falling out from this, unless you were taking too much, and/ or you have something else going on at the same time.

At this point in time, Id go see a dermatologist and see what they have to say- they may tell you to go back on it at a lower dose and stay on it longer, as it can take up to 6 weeks to start working in the blood stream. In the meantime, stress over this, and anxiety worrying about it can definately contribute to hair loss!

Remember, its normal to lose up to 100 strands of hair a day- its when you are losing clumps of hair that you should be really can take Bioten by mouth (pills) and use bioten containing shampoos to help strengthen your hair (and nails) but it wont increase growth, just help prevent breakage.

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