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Old 06-07-2006, 08:06 AM   #1
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Hair Loss Citalopram/Celexa

[B]I have been on Citalopram (generic Celexa) for my Anxiety for 2 1/2 months now and my hair is getting thinner.I find when I shampoo my hair or even comb it I lose alot more hair than I ever did.I have heard this is very rare on Citalopram but has anyone else had this happen to them? Does the hair loss stop? I don't really want to give up the Meds but if I am going to lose my hair that would make me more anxious.

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Old 06-07-2006, 09:27 AM   #2
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Re: Hair Loss Citalopram/Celexa

Some people, like myself (and maybe you), are sensitive to side effects. Even if it's listed under 'rare', I still will probably get it. I've never been on Celexa, so I can't comment on that. But, I am on Prozac (another SSRI), though, and I lose hair on it, which is supposedly 'rare'. It's never really stopped, and I've been on it for a few years. Unfortunately, in my case, it's a very necessary med. However, I've done extensive reading on medical sites, and found out that this drug depletes protein and amino acids. Hair is mostly made up of protein, so I try and eat more, and that seems to help. I also take Saw Palmetto extract and that has helped alot.

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Old 06-07-2006, 07:43 PM   #3
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Re: Hair Loss Citalopram/Celexa

Yes I have heard that ssris can cause loss of hair, if I were you I would ask for a blood tests to check hormones, thyroid, protein and iron. I was losing my hair and had every blood test, it turned out I was below acceptable in iron storage. I took iron tablets for 2 months and it has stopped falling out, now I am waiting for it to regrow. I would get checked by the doctor before presuming it is your meds. Ive had anxiety for 3 years so can sympathise, hope you can get off the ssris though, they can cause problems coming off them and beyond.
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