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Old 12-10-2000, 05:19 PM   #1
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Tagamet for slowing down hair growth? Is it true???

Hello everyone. Well I just found out the results of my PCOS test. Both the doctor and I where SHOCKED. I am normal. Or so the test says. Is ultrasound of the ovaries a 100% predictor of these cysts??? I have all of the symptoms of PCOS.

Anyhow since it came back normal I told him I am tired of all this hair and want to stop it or slow it down somehow. He gave me a prescription for 400MG Tagamet. I looked at him like this was a joke and he said he was not kidding. It slows down hair growth. Has anyone else tried this? How has it worked out for you?

Thanks again,


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Old 12-11-2000, 02:48 PM   #2
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Re: Tagamet for slowing down hair growth? Is it true???

Hi Michelle,
I thought it was a joke too, but I was doing some research on the net regarding androgens, which are responsible for excess facial hair, acne, and head hair loss . The article said Tagamet can be used as a treatment because it has anti-
androgenic effect.
You don't need a prescription it can be purchased over the counter. Also I think saw palmetto may help. It looks like a promising herb.

Old 12-14-2000, 02:38 PM   #3
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Re: Tagamet for slowing down hair growth? Is it true???

Hi Michele:

Was your facial hair just excess peach fuzz and/or dark hairs? I have excess peach fuzz on my jaw's like a very fine "beard". I've read alot online about PCOS and was wondering about that, but didn't want to run to the dr. yet. Thanks.

Old 12-14-2000, 06:40 PM   #4
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Re: Tagamet for slowing down hair growth? Is it true???

Hello Tabs,
I have hair all over my face and if I did not shave it everyday I could have a beard and a mustache. At first it started out like the hairs on my legs. Not peach fuzz as you mention but it was so soft. From over the years of shaving the hair off it has gotten thicker and darker in color. I also have hair just about everywhere. Shaving has become such a chore that I forget about it in the winter and Nair it off when it starts to make me itch. I have tried the Nair on my face also and it only gave me a very bad burn. So I would not sugggest anyone try it.

There are so many symptoms of PCOS as you have read about. Having all this extra hair is just one of them. But if have one or more of the symptoms I would have it checked out. And even with my situation where my test did not show I have the cysts on my ovaries this was my general doctor telling me this. I saw my GYNO the other day and she told me that from what she has written in my chart that I do have PCOS. She says either way if I have PCOS or not I still need to get on birth control pills to make me have a period each month. And by taking them I will also be taking care of the PCOS along with it if I have it.

Hope this helps!

Michelle <IMG SRC="">

Old 12-18-2000, 08:18 AM   #5
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Re: Tagamet for slowing down hair growth? Is it true???

I do have PCOS and have done extensive research about it and haven't heard of Tagament working to slow hair growth.. Yet. Saw Palmento is supposed to be good, someone on another board suggested pricking the capsules with a pin and applying the gel directly on the areas needed. Vaniqa does though and I have been using it for about 4 weeks now, and can see a difference already. It is a script, not over the counter.

On another note, taking BCP will only regulate you and protect you from endometrial cancer (a risk for those with PCOS) but it won't take care of the PCOS. PCOS is an uncurable syndrome but treatable.


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Old 01-22-2001, 07:49 AM   #6
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Re: Tagamet for slowing down hair growth? Is it true???

Just a little curious . . . what is PCOS?

Old 05-25-2001, 07:23 PM   #7
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Re: Tagamet for slowing down hair growth? Is it true???

i have dark think facial hair that i also must shave everyday...i went to a gyn just the other day and told her about that and some other problems i was having...she said she believes i have cystic ovaries, but did not say the hair was related....actually she said that it was probably an inherited trait..she did not run any tests like ultrasound on me...but after reading what all you have said-i guess the hair is related to the cysts...she put me on the pill...will this help with the hair, and when you talk about tagament, are you just talking about the heartburn do you use it-take one everyday or what?

Old 06-12-2001, 06:19 PM   #8
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Re: Tagamet for slowing down hair growth? Is it true???

PCOS is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. A syndrome or disease characterized mainly by multiple cysts on ovaries & usually accompanied by abnormal hair growth, weight gain or difficulty losing weight, painful periods, and/or no periods.
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