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I’d like to start an up to date discussion on a possible link between PPIs, hair loss and weight gain.
I’ve been on 80mg per day of Pantoprazole, since February. ( For oesophageal ulcers due to NSAIDS) Since Feb I’ve gained over a stone, even though I eat light and exercise daily. More alarmingly my hair has been falling out in large amounts for the last 3 weeks. I’d noticed a small bald patch, but it escalated quickly. On researching, I’ve discovered many other people seem to have one of both of these side effects. The ulcers are healed, and I stopped taking the PPIs 2 weeks ago. The hair loss is slowing down and there are numerous new hairs growing. Seems more than a coincidence given other people’s experiences, but I’d like to hear some current sufferers, is it just me ?
I’ve been taking a magnesium Citrate supplement as well as the supplements I was taking anyway, realising that all my nutrient levels were probably quite low. I knew my magnesium levels were low before I even started on PPIs.
Anyone with the hair loss had it grow back ? I’m hopeful, but I think if this problem is so wide spread, and seems to have a decades worth of known issues in this area, surely patients should be warned and the information be included on the contraindications leaflet. Losing your hair can be mentally damaging. It is more than just vanity in my opinion.
I’m a 46 year old woman, for identification purposes.
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