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Q. Does Wellbutrin Cause Hair Loss?

By June 13, 2011

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Q. † "I've been on Wellbutrin XL for about 6 months and about 2 months ago my hair started falling out, thinning out like crazy. It's still thinning out and I wondered if anyone else has had this side effect and what they did.†† Wellbutrin works well for me and I don't want to stop taking it, but will have to if hair continues to fall out." -- KarenRB53

A.† According to the manufacturer of Wellbutrin, GlaxoSmithKline, hair loss is an infrequent side effect for this antidepressant, meaning that somewhere between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1000 of patients will develop this condition.†† The type of hair loss that you are experiencing is called telogen effluvium.† Telogen effluvium is characterized by widespread thinning of the hair and may occur in response to some sort of stress on the body, such as adjusting to a new medication.† The good news is that it is temporary and completely reversible.† Generally people will recover completely from this type of hair loss without any outside assistance in about six months once the medication is discontinued.† If you do not wish to discontinue your medication, however, talk with your doctor about the possibility of taking a lower dose of your medication or changing to a different brand of bupropion (you may be reacting to an inactive ingredient in the pill, rather than the bupropion itself).† Stopping Wellbutrin is the surest way to stop your hair loss, however.

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June 15, 2011 at 8:47 am
(1) Suzy says:

I’ve been on Wellbutrrin SR since 2005, and I have experienced hair loss, but my hair stylist and doctor believes it just from aging. I’ll be 50 in a couple of years, and I know my mother had the same issue with some minor hair loss…

June 15, 2011 at 9:34 am
(2) Janene says:

I had the same thing you had. My hair was falling out like crazy on Wellbutrin. I was scared to death because I didn’t know what was happening to me. I told my psych about it and he discontinued the Wellbutrin and the hair loss stopped. What a relief!

August 22, 2011 at 8:55 pm
(3) Lynn says:

I started WB XL at 150mg moving to 300 in March. I felt GREAT, best in years and was so happy….until I noticed that my sink was constantly coverd in hair….and that my wonderfully thick hair had gradually decreased by at least 1/3 to 1/2. Only change was the WB and folks tend to think that because you are on an anti-depressant that you must be stressed…but when faced with choice of bald or crabby…I went off the WB…and now 6 weeks later, the hair loss has significantly decreased and I am hoping it is on its way to stopping. All standard tests such as thyroid, HBG etc were normal….dermatologist suggested adding biotin w/ good multi-vitamin, and pharmacist suggested evening primrose. Minosidil is an option but hoping to get by on the basics. Good luck, I think it is the WB….!!

June 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm
(4) Paul says:

I have been on bupropion, the generic of WellB for many, many years. I have lost most of my hair, but I think it is more due to the male baldness of my dad, his dad and also my son, which seems to run on my side of the family. Also, the loss started way before I started taking the med. The amount of hair loss is just on top, not the sides. It has stayed this way for many hears with no additional loss.

August 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm
(5) Rebecca says:

I have been on Wellbutrin XL for 3 weeks now and I’m already losing hair. I told my psych but he said to eat more healthy and use a mild shampoo and of course take the multivitamin. I don’t know if this is just temporary. I hope so. I also have thick long hair and its quite depressing to see all that hair in the shower and when you brush your hair out.

December 4, 2011 at 1:53 am
(6) mrskb says:

I took this medicince for a short period of time an all my hair fell out! I have never had this problem before I am only 31 years old an had long thick healthy hair an now it all gone! I just stopped this med an pray may hair comes back

December 29, 2011 at 9:42 pm
(7) D says:

Was on WB for 2 years, starting losing hair 6 months in. It did level out, but only after losing about 1/3 of the volume. It also wouldn’t grow longer. At the time I attributed this to stress or being a woman in my late 40s. Stopped WB 6 weeks ago and my hair is now thickening back up and is already noticibly longer!

February 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm
(8) sasha says:

I was diagnosed with major depression in Sept. Iíve been prescribed many medications, however was fearful of taking such. Finally, when I realized I wasnít getting better I started taking Zoloft. My problem with this medication is that I wasnít progressing and I had major diarrhea.
My Dr. prescribed Wellbutrin. I immediately started to lose mounds of hair. Seriously, it is everywhere. My hair is already fine, so losing this amount scared me. I spoke to my Psychiatrist and he wasnít aware. Iíve also gained weight, which is unusual for this medication. Iíve always been conscientious about my weight, so this is not helping. I feel better; however Iím becoming a chubby, hairless person.

March 3, 2012 at 10:07 pm
(9) Lily says:

I was on Wellbutrin XL twice – The first time, I lost so much hair that I asked to switch to another drug. My doctor said it couldn’t be the drug, but after switching the loss stopped immediately. A few years down the road my doctor convinced me to try it again stating there were all sorts of reasons that my hair fell out the first time and that it couldn’t have been the pills. So I tried it. And my hair fell out again by the handful. She finally believed me. You know your own body. If you think something is wrong go with your gut.

And yes, hair loss is shown to be a “rare” side effect of Wellbutrin affecting between 1 in 100 to 1 in 1000 patients. 1 in 100 doesn’t seem very rare to me.

March 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm
(10) Bruce says:

I am a 23 year old male who was on Cymbalta for a year with no hair loss but a decreased sex drive, so I switched to Wellbutrin XL 300 mg once a day and my symptoms greatly improved. After about a half a month into starting Wellbutrin I noticed a gradual hair loss starting in the front and around my temples. As I continued taking Wellbutrin I’ve noticed more and more hair loss every day. This greatly concerned me as I’m only 23. Thanks to the Net and reading so many testimonials on hair loss and Wellbutrin I called my doctor today to let her know what I was experiencing. I have confidence quitting the medicine now will stop the hair loss because never before has an antidepressant caused this effect in me. Wellbutrin is a wonderful drug for what it is prescribed for but the hair loss is just too much to deal with.

March 31, 2012 at 6:45 pm
(11) GIA says:

Twice I tried wellbutrin & twice I thought it was causing hair loss – in only 3 weeks!!! I have had genetically thinning hair all my life – but I am not taking any chances by taking wellbutrin. One good thing it did do – I lost weight but as soon as I quit taking it I gained that weight back and more BUT rather not take the chance of hair loss.

April 16, 2012 at 7:59 pm
(12) Sarah says:

My psychiatrist just added Wellbutrin to my regimen again, after he took me off it a few years ago due to hair loss. My hair had thinned by perhaps half (I have long, thick hair) and has all come back in the time since. However, now that I’ve been back on the Wellbutrin again for the past month, my hair is starting to come out in handfuls again. Guess it’s time to make a call…

I’m glad to find that there are others out there who have experienced the same thing because I’m not sure my psych believes me.

April 25, 2012 at 9:04 am
(13) Cecilia says:

I was on Buproprion (generic) 300 mgs. and my hair fell out and became extremely thin, to the point it would float in the air with the slightest movement of air. I went off of it and my hair gradually came back. I’m back on 150 mgs. and willing to deal with a little hair loss so I can enjoy life for a while. I’ve added some clip-in hair pieces and some extensions for when I go out but I’ll just have to deal with it as best I can. And as for the manufacturer admitting it being an “infrequent” side effect – I’m sure it’s much more than infrequent. Drug manufacturers don’t even admit their product is deadly unless they absolutely have to. So where there is smoke there is fire – I’m sure it’s a very common side effect.

May 3, 2012 at 7:25 pm
(14) Celine says:

I took Wellbutrin for about 1 year and lost lots of hair on the top of my head, in an area about the size of the palm of my hand. (I can see my scalp now in the affected area, through tuffs of hair.) Stopped the medication, the hair loss stopped, but the hair hasn’t returned. I was told to take Biotin as a supplement, but haven’t seen much change. Note: I come from a large family where everyone’s hair is lush, and so was mine before Wellbutrin. My doctor says it could be related to hormonal changes.

May 15, 2012 at 2:48 pm
(15) Lexi says:

I’m a 22 year old female and I’ve been on wellbutrin (the generic) since August 2011. I started noticing hair loss around November but kind of disregarded it as being from “stress” according to my doctor. Whatever. I’ve been stressed my whole life, especially while in college, and have never experienced anything to this extent. It’s gradually gotten worse and worse to the point where my stomach churns at the thought of having to take a shower (where clumps of hair fall out). I have never had hair loss like this in my life, and at my age it is obviously not normal. My Mom and Grandma both have overly-full heads of hair. I stopped this medication after tapering a bit for 10 days or so, and am praying that my hair stops falling out. I am furious at wellbutrin and think it’s awful that this seems to be such a prevalent side effect for women.

May 16, 2012 at 11:32 am
(16) Strykerwifey says:

I have been on Wellbutrin for about 8 months now.. Had so much going on in my life at the time of starting it and it took me till now to notice that shortly after starting the medication is when my hair started falling out.. I too thought it was just stress as my husband had been stationed in Germany and me and our kids were waiting for everything to be fixed so that we could join him.. We have 3 kids, and I had been the sole care taker for 6 months prior to him coming to Germany, so it wasn’t like all of a sudden I was alone with 3 kids.. So my stress hadn’t changed that much.. But at this time the amount of hair I was losing wasn’t too alarming.. Started noticing slowly it was falling out more and more, but at this point I had so much going on with packing and making sure everything was set to move across the world that I didn’t talk to my dr or think it was related to meds.. In march we finally got to Germany, and while making a huge move like that was stressful, it wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle.. By end of march beginning of April I was noticing just how much hair I was losing every time I showered and or brushed my hair or even just ran my fingers through my hair.. It was rather alarming.. But I looked it up and of course everything I read said it was stress and I had, had a major life change and all that, so I just kept telling my self it was going to get better..

May 16, 2012 at 11:34 am
(17) Strykerwifey says:

However in the next few weeks it did the exact opposite!! I had to go to the dr for a different med refil for myself and our daughter.. They asked how my depression was and at this point I was in tears and both the dr and I just related my increase in depression due to being in a foreign country and away from friends and family and everything else.. About 2 days later I decided to look up Wellbutrin and hair loss.. Found a few sites saying people had complained about it but nothing to the extreme as I was experiencing.. Well last week I noticed I was down to 2 pills, so I called to make an appointment and my dr was out and I couldn’t be see for 2 weeks at the earliest.. So I just haven’t been taking the Wellbutrin, as I don’t have any.. It’s only been about a week so I haven’t really noticed any change yet, still massive amounts of hair falling out every day.. Since the start of the meds till last week when I stopped, I’ve lost at least over 1/2 my hair!! As the previous comment, it has gotten to the point that I feel sick to my stomach at the thought of taking a shower and brushing my hair because the sight of all the hair that falls out brings tears to my eyes and all I can think is how much more can I lose before I am completely bald?? I’m only 25 and balding doesn’t run in my family.. As a last result before my appointment next week I googled Wellbutrin and hair loss one more time in hopes to find answers, and found this page.. Reading others comments gives me mixed emotions, as I am relieved that I’m not crazy and others are experiencing the same horrifying side effects but at the same time it’s incredibly sad that any and all of us have had suffer this side effect of a medication with absolutely no warnings of said effects..
I do have a question for previous posters, how long after stopping the medication did you guys notice a change in the amount of hair falling out??

May 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm
(18) Lexi says:

Hi Strykerwifey, I commented earlier on this post but I just saw yours and I wanted to let you know that you are definitely not alone. I guess I probably stopped taking wellbutrin around the same time you did (today is my fifth day off of it and I haven’t noticed any lessening of shedding), so I feel your pain. I went out in public today without showering because I just can’t take the emotional distress of seeing all my hair fall out while I’m washing/brushing it. It’s out of control. I have been spending hours doing research on this subject, and I’m sure you’ve been doing the same…what I’ve read, overall, is that hair does return after stopping the medication but it could take some time. Obviously, I’d love it to stop shedding this instant but I think it takes a few weeks or even months for the shedding to stop and for hair regrowth to begin. I know exactly what you’re going through and it’s awful. I’ve been losing sleep over this wondering “what If I go bald?? will I have to buy a wig? will my boyfriend notice my hair loss?” it’s been so stressful that I’m afraid my obsession over this is just making things worse. I have to have faith and believe that this will NOT be permanent, which makes sense of course… if a med is making our hair fall out, stopping it should erase that side effect. If you want to talk more, my email is alexandra.fanning@gmail.com. Hang in there!

May 16, 2012 at 10:59 pm
(19) Maria says:

I am a 16 year old girl & i have been on Welbutrin XL 300 since mid march. A week ago I noticed some hair was falling out of my head but I thought it was because I had dyed my hair about a month ago. But then I started researching and found that when dyeing hair, the hair breaks off, it does not fall from the root! As each day passes by more & more hair is falling out! My hair is noticeably thinner!! I used to have long, super thick hair & now its horribly thin! I will be going to my doctor & asking for a change in medication! I am 16, I don’t need to deal with the stress (which will probably cause it to thin out quicker) of my hair falling out!!

May 31, 2012 at 12:28 am
(20) Ahhhh! says:

Ahhhh! I just googled meds that cause hair loss and then googled Wellbutrin which I have been on about a year and a half. My hair loss is sickening me so I am going to try to get by without any meds for a while. I pray this works. I am a woman that has always had fine hair but very healthy. I hope my depression take back over. The stressors I had when I started are gone from my life. Wish me luck. I don’t want to live my life putting that minoxidil on my head twice a day for forever.

May 31, 2012 at 12:38 am
(21) Ahhhhh!! says:

I meant that I hope my depression does Not take back over. And I also suppose that the makers of wellbutrin need to add this side effect as it sounds like it effects more than they originally calculated. Thank you for this website. Ahhhhh!!

June 7, 2012 at 3:49 am
(22) Jackie says:

I have been taking Wellbutrin for years. When it first went generic I switched. Within a month I started getting bald spots (Alopecia). For months I didn’t make any connection to the medication, and it kept getting worse. Finally, my doctor decided to switch me back to the brand name. My hair grew back. Two years later my insurance insisted that I switch to generic, or pay $260/month. I thought that after two years the formula must have improved, and I couldn’t afford the brand name, so I switched. Within a month I got two quarter-size bald spots. After two months of appeals, my insurance finally approved the brand name. Within three weeks, my hair started growing back.

June 9, 2012 at 12:06 am
(23) MKM says:

Generic or brand name Wellbutrin XL doesn’t seem to make a difference. Here in Canada, the brand name is cheap. I’ve been on it six months and took pictures as my hair fell out. I lost weight as well which was a bonus, but going bald is not an option. I have half the hair I had before starting Wellbutirn XL 300 mg. My scalp is visible and now I live life understanding what a bald man must go through. I’m stopping Wellbutrin XL. I’ll report back of my hair grows back or not.

June 13, 2012 at 11:15 am
(24) Sheltie lover says:

Wow…was just looking for a reason for my hair falling out way more than usual and I think I found it. I thought it was my thyroid causing the problem. Well after taking herbal and vitamin supplements for my thyroid for 6 months I thought I’d have my thyroid rechecked. My thyroid is now back to normal but my hair loss is getting worse!!!! I was put on Buproprion in addition to Zoloft for anxiety issues because the Dr said the Zoloft had topped off. Think I will be seeing my doctor again now as I’m not willing to lose any more hair. I’m getting to the point that I don’t want to wash my hair either as seeing the big clump of hair in the shower has made me very anxious!!! Thank you all for your input and sorry you’re all going through this too !!

June 15, 2012 at 11:52 am
(25) Josh says:

This is happening to me too! I’m on a few other antidepressants but about a month into Wellbutrin.. my hair started to come out in the shower. Everyday it seems patchier … WTF! Already started tapering off… hopefully it will grow back

July 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm
(26) Amy says:

I have been taking Wellbutrin 100 mg for one year. I have always had lots of hair until I started the medication. I started shedding only 30 strands of hair daily; then after eight months I was losing over 120 strands of hair daily. The medicine is great for depression but the side effects of looking like I went through chemo is not so good. Hair vitamins did not help me, by the way. My doctor took me off it and I started taking Zoloft instead. My hair is coming back in! Praise God.

July 7, 2012 at 2:11 am
(27) JB says:

I had been taking Wellbutrin XL for approximately three years. It’s the best I felt in years. However, my hair started falling out at a distrubing rate. I finally decided to go off the Wellbutrin and noticed that the hair loss did improve. However, I felt worse than I had felt in years…………..crying all the time, angry, feeling hopeless. It was hell. So, I have started back on the Wellbutrin, as I would rather lose my hair than my life. I will be looking into getting a nice wig and wearing more hats. That doesn’t make me happy, but I didn’t care if I lived or died after being off Wellbutrin. Life is to short to feel so hopeless.

July 10, 2012 at 12:01 am
(28) Lauri says:

i am just like most of you here. please someone tell me when this loss will stop…been off welbutrin for about 5 weeks now and my hair seems to keep falling out. i’m scared to wash my hair, ride the motorcycle, brush my hair..anything that makes my hair come out more. i never thought this would upset me as much as it has. going off of welbutrin has made my moods worse but i think losing my hair adds to that too.
right now i just want to cry :(

July 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm
(29) Jill says:

I was on Wellbutrin for approximately 7 months back in 2008. I experienced exactly what everyone is describing above…My hair appeared to have stopped growing, I lost about 1/2 of the hair on my head, I had the same anxiety about taking a shower because my hair would come out in huge clumps and my psych also suggested biotin and/or selenium. Once I realized that the Wellbutrin may be the cause I immediately stopped taking it. The good news is that my hair loss did stop and within 6 months my hair was growing back. In fact, my hair did return back to the thickness it was before I started taking the Wellbutrin. Unfortunately, the bad news is that I still haven’t found an anti-depressant that has worked as well for me as Wellbutrin did.

If anyone has stopped Wellbutrin because of hair loss and found success an another anti-depressant i would love to know what it is. Thanks!

July 18, 2012 at 5:33 pm
(30) Lexi says:

Hi Lauri,

I posted on here earlier but I felt like I should respond back to what you said. I stopped Wellbutrin at the end of April and my hair is still falling out. I think it depends on how sensitive you are to medication and therefore how long it takes for wellbutrin to leave your body. I realize that it’s supposed to be out of your system within weeks, but for me I know this is not the case. I still have lingering side effects that I never had before taking wellbutrin (such as dry mouth). So, do not give up hope. Your hair loss will stop. I have had blood work done and everything is fine, so I know that wellbutrin is the culrpit. I’ve read that it can affect your hormone levels, and who knows how long it could take for those to go back to normal (I’m thinking a while). I still have occasional scalp burning and actually have weird dandruff happening to me now. It’s not noticeable but it’s something I’ve NEVER experienced before taking bupropion. I have severe drug addiction in my family and I think that my genes are predisposed to drug sensitivity. I think it also depends on how well your kidneys are working to get rid of the drug. I’ve also read that it could take up to six months for TE (the hair loss you are experiencing) to stop. As you can tell, i’ve done a lot of research. Anyway, I have faith that wellbutrin is the problem since this has never happened to me before despite terrible stress, and that with time it will stop. Don’t be sad. Things will get better.

July 25, 2012 at 10:21 am
(31) Lauri says:

thanks Lexi…i’m still losing my hair but i am seeing new growth now so that’s good! i wish i could go back on welbutrin because i felt so good otherwise. i refuse to take anything else and am trying to keep myself feeling good with daily exercise. i have had all the necessary blood work and it all comes back to good so i’m certain that welbutrin is the culprit. i still am very upset by the continued hair loss. if it doesn’t stop soon i will have to cut all my hair short to accommodate the new hair growth…so much for the long hair i just spent a year and a half growing out….is there any repercussions to the drug company?…hair loss should be listed right up there so people are aware. i would have stopped taking sooner had i known this. i started thinking i had cancer or something beyond being 50ish to explain it away.

August 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm
(32) jbird says:

i have been taking wellbutrin sr (generic)for 5 months. for about a month now i am experiencing a HUGE amount of hair loss. is it possible that this is due the wellbutrin? from the posts that i have read it seems as though hair loss is immediate when you start taking the meication. help. should i go off of the wellbutrin? if so how long will it take for my hair to stop falling out. so stressful.

August 12, 2012 at 8:04 pm
(33) Randi says:

For hair loss – take 5 mg of Biotin daily. It worked wonders for getting my hair back after taking Topamax. But it has to be 5 mg and it’s not easy to find – I get it at Whole Foods.

August 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm
(34) Lynn says:

I have been on and off Wellbutrin XL three times since 2006, and each and every time my hair would start shedding around 3-4 months after starting. By months 6-7 it would become visibly obvious, upsetting and a pain in the neck to keep cleaning up my hair from all over the house.

The last time I restarted Wellbutrin XL was December 2011 because I was desperate to seek relief after weaning off Xanax. I remembered that Wellbutrin didn’t put weight on me, so I opted to go back on it just until I felt better. Although it did help me get through that ordeal, the sad fact is now I have lost half of my hair again. From experience I have learned that it takes at least 2-3 months for my hair to stop falling out, after discontinuing Wellbutrin, so I feel hopeful (I’ve been weaning off since July 13 and it’s been exactly seven days since my last dose). This will definitely be the last time I ever take Wellbutrin because the hair loss is completely unacceptable.

If I could offer any reassurance to someone worried that her/his hair will never grow back after stopping Wellbutrin, I’d like to say “Yes, it will!!” The only reason I’m not crying about my hair right now is because it has grown back to normal the last two times I did this.

The makers of Wellbutrin really need to include this upsetting side effect, but I would imagine A LOT of people would not choose it if they did. They can’t escape the overwhelming comments forever. As for me, GOODBYE WELLBUTRIN!!

August 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm
(35) jbird says:

does it really take 2 – 3 months to stop falling out? what did you do about the hair loss? did you buy a wig or just live with the thin hair? i have been off the meds for about 16 days now and am still losing hair. so upsetting.

August 23, 2012 at 6:33 pm
(36) Lynn says:

JBird,

I miscalculated the last pill I took (It was 8/2 not 8/9), so today will be exactly 3 weeks off and I have great news!! This morning I took a shower and then checked the catch-all drain (which I have done faithfully ever since I started back on Wellbutrin), and I only found about 10 hairs in the drain!! The average count has been around 25 a day–about 1/2 teaspoonful. I also didn’t have to clean the sink and the floor after blowdrying. I have been in such a great mood all day! So I guess I meant to say it would take about a month for the hair to stop falling out, so you should be shedding less very soon. I know how upsetting it is, and that’s why I wanted to share my story. Twice my hair completely recovered, so I have faith for both of us.

No, I haven’t worn a wig. I just keep my hair cut shorter to make it look fuller. I have always had super thick hair- everyone in my family does even into their 80′s-and I’ve never had a hair thinning problem UNTIL Wellbutrin. Besides the thinning, it’s even dried out and completely changed the texture of my hair. It almost looks like a bad perm some days. My hair was just about back to normal right before I started up Wellbutrin again last December. In fact, I can look through old pictures and tell when I was on Wellbutrin.

August 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm
(37) sarah blidge says:

I’ve been on Wellbutrin for 4 years on and off and I’ve lost 1/2 my hair. Luckily, it was very thick to begin with, but my sister noticed that my hair was much thinner, others just think I have thin hair. I’m done with taking it. The sadness of not having my thick hair is too much to handle. I take biotin, I eat great, I take a multi vitimin and all of my blood work is normal. So it has to be the Wellbutrin. I’m glad to know that there might be a chance at reversing this. I just hope I can handle my moods without Wellbutrin.

August 25, 2012 at 9:26 am
(38) jbird says:

lynn

thanks for the post.

18 days off the meds and still shedding like mad. i hope i am like you and it stops! i am an absolute wreck. will put off wig shopping for a few more days.

August 25, 2012 at 9:32 am
(39) jbird says:

lynn – almost forgot. my hair too has taken on a new texture. sort of like a bad perm fuzz? have never had this before. weird. my hair is thin to begin with. i cannot afford to lose ANY MORE HAIR! ahhhhh

August 26, 2012 at 4:02 pm
(40) Lynn says:

Hang in there, JBird, your hair will stop falling out soon. I still can’t believe I’ve put myself through this 3 times, and I can’t really say that Wellbutrin ever really helped me that much. I’ve always felt more anxious and too self aware while on it. In my opinion, Wellbutrin is like speed where it just revs you up and it helps you out of a slump. Hence the big crash (like speed) when you discontinue it. I’ve been feeling a lot better lately…although a little more fatigued and gaining some weight (I’ve gained every time I’ve stopped). I’m going to try to go without anything for as long as I can now, but one thing I know for sure is Wellbutrin is totally out of the question. Ugh!

August 26, 2012 at 11:55 pm
(41) jbird says:

thanks lynn
off to bed. so worried about my morning shower. did/do you ever use rogaine? i am using it. not sure if it helps or not. also taking loads of vitamins and getting acuncture in hopes that it will help.

August 28, 2012 at 12:32 am
(42) Lauri says:

i’ve been off of welbutrin for about 2 and half months now…still coming out like crazy..i was getting regrowth but that seems to fall out some too. i don’t know, this is still a big issue for me. i’m so scared i will be bald..kinda surprised i’m not by now! i only tried to count the hair loss in the shower once and it was roughly 150 hairs. i wanna friggin sue them i swear!

August 28, 2012 at 11:42 am
(43) jbird says:

lauri i am so sorry. i am experiencing the same thing. how long have you been shedding? and how long were you on the meds? lets talk.

August 29, 2012 at 9:13 am
(44) lauri says:

i was on welbutrin for roughly a year and a half…i noticed my hair starting to come out but not sure how long after i started it. i blamed the extra hair in the shower on my husband for the longest time. then when he blamed me i started to make sure the drain was cleaned and yep, it was me…then i thought it was age, i’m 50…then it just became overwhelming and started to alarm me. i am a hair stylist and see this kind of stuff all the time for various reasons and i started to realize it was abnormal and that it wasn’t re-growing. it brought me to the net to start my own research on female hair loss…i never made the connection between welbutrin and hair loss until then…i was terribly up set since the drug had made my life so much better….welbutrin also helps with body pain the had been making my job difficult.. i weaned my self off of the drug and finally after about 6 weeks i saw re-growth i was so relieved! but the hair continues to fall out and now the re-growth is thinning too :( this has cause me so much mental anguish and scares me because it seems to never end. will it end when there is no more hair? :(

August 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm
(45) Lynn says:

Lauri,

I’m sorry to hear you’re still losing hair. Perhaps it’s still the lingering Wellbutrin, but I was also thinking it could be your thyroid. I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism about two years after I had started Wellbutrin, so there were times when I wasn’t sure what was causing my hair loss. This time around I’m 100% sure it’s the Wellbutrin because I’ve been on on thyroid replacement (Armour) for three years now and my levels are normal.

August 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm
(46) jbird says:

we are on the same schedule it seems. i started the drug march 8th of this year. i think i started to notice some hair loss in june. thought it would stop and did not really pay attention to it. at about the beginning of july the hair loss was severe. it still is for that matter. i stopped taking wellbutrin on the 8th of august and the hair loss continues. everywhere i look i see HAIR! i hate to shower. i am 53 years old. i loved the drug as it helped me quit smoking. i called glaxo smith kline to talk to their research department. and YES the person on the other end of the phone did say it was a side effect. but a rare one. please!!!!!!! there are thousands of posts on the web with people experiencing the same thing. were you taking the generic? seems as though the generic is the culprit? i have had all of my blood work done and it is normal. i am having a biopsy done on my scalp in september. the dermotologist wants to be sure it is TE and not something “else”????? my hair is growing pretty quickly. probably due to the fact that i am taking biotin and every supplement imaginable. i have not noticed if i have any new growth. but what i do have left is growing fast. i think a wig is in my future. so depressing and nerve wracking. let me know if you want to talk live. what part of the country are you in? just curious. oh and i am getting acupuncture with hopes it will help with my stress level, ahhhhhhhhhhh

August 29, 2012 at 1:48 pm
(47) jbird says:

lauri -oops i thought you said you were on it for a half a year. not a year and a half. my mistake.

August 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm
(48) lauri says:

i live in ohio and yes i did take the generic, bupropion (sp) i also take biotin and i am using a special shampoo system for hair loss. i have been tested for thyroid and other issues that all came back great!! the only apparent culprit is the welbutrin. i also dread washing my hair..that has even become a stressful event.! rare?? LOL i must agree that that is a line of crap!! way to many post through out the net to think that it is that rare. i know i should find relief in the fact that there are others like me but i still feel so upset by this. i don’t want to have to wear a wig. my husband and i like to ride motorcycles and i don’t like the idea of my hair blowing around…jeez it might all blow off!! so it has been an activity that i avoided!! thanks for listening and sharing your experience i swear if i go bald i will tattoo on my scalp “welbutrin did this to me”

August 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm
(49) jbird says:

hi lauri. so sorry about the motorcycle thing. it’s a shame.
wig shopping this weekend. saw my mother today. mothers tell the truth. she said it is time. so upset. hoping and praying this turns around for both of us. i look like olive oil.
i am in the dc area. my family is originally from ohio.
keep me posted on your “situation” and i will do the same.
i am still a little hopeful because all of these people on line say that they do eventually recover. maybe by christmas i wont be able to see my scalp. ugh

August 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm
(50) lauri says:

cool, where in ohio? good luck with the wig shopping..i feel so bad for you!!! i guess if there is any good in this…at least you won’t have to do your hair :/
i would like to hear how it goes for you as well. i also think it is important for others to read our stories…from beginning to end…
today i seem to have lost less hair…but that has happened before so i don’t get so excited anymore!

August 31, 2012 at 9:58 am
(51) jbird says:

hi lauri. they are from steubenville (SP?)so glad to hear your hair loss is not so bad today. maybe you are on an upswing? mine is still about the same today. dreading wig shopping. especially because trying them on will pull out even more hair. hair biopsy is not until the 12th of september. really stressed today and sick to my stomach. ugh

September 3, 2012 at 9:14 am
(52) laura Holder says:

Hi. I have always had super thick hair. I have had 4 children and after each child I have lost over 3/4 of my hair. the first time I was scared to death but it grew back in the first year of my baby’s life thicker than ever. After each pregnancy I experienced the same thing. Losing hair is NOT FUN! So I have taken wellbutrin on and off for 4 years (and haven’t been pregnant for 6) and I KNOW that this medication makes you lose your hair. I started with 300 mg and saw this after a good 6 months. I weaned myself to 150 mg and my hair came back to an acceptable thickness. But the 150mg brought that sadness back because it just wasn’t enough medication so I started the 300mg again. My hair has shedded right back to that horrible level over the last 3 months. I really believe the good news is that once you stop the medication your hair will come back. I used to think it was my thyroid too. I just wish I could think of other reasons besides hair to discontinue wellbutrin. It is an awesome antidepressant. My doctor did tell me that wellbutrin causes hair loss so at least he knows and is honest. He also said anytime you change the amount you are taking and take more this can cause hair loss. But anytime I have been on prozac, zoloft or celexa it does it BUT those meds have other side effects. Would I rather have a full head of hair but be sad and anxious, a full head of hair taking prozac but be emotionless and unable to cry, or be on wellbutrin, which might make me have thin ugly and brittle hair, but I am happy, weight even, able to have normal emotions? I don’t know.

September 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm
(53) jbird says:

laura are/were you taking the generic of wellbutrin. from what i have read on these sites its seems as though the generic causes the problem? i have been off of the gereric for almost a month. still shedding like crazy. read several posts back about the woman who did not lose hair on the wellbutrin but did on the gereric.

September 8, 2012 at 3:05 pm
(54) jbird says:

off of wellbutrin for over a month. still shedding? ugh.

September 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm
(55) KAnne says:

Ok-at least I’m not going crazy! I’m glad I found this page-I have been on Wellbutrin since February, and by April my hairdresser was even noticing. I started taking a large dose of biotin every day and I started seeing some new growth-still do, but not enough to keep up with how fast it is falling out. :-( My wedding is in two months-I bought extensions-but that doesn’t fix how thin the crown of my head has gotten… Wellbutrin has worked SO well for me-I see my psych on Monday-we will be discussing this and trying something else-not much left to try, and I may need to settle for one that doesn’t work as well. However-I’ll find a way to cope-feeling so self conscious about my thinning hair is worse! I’m afraid to style my hair because it falls out more-and you can see my scalp no matter what I do… Ugh-hate it-at least I know what’s causing it-I’ve been thinking it was stress!

September 8, 2012 at 11:53 pm
(56) Lea says:

I have an appt with my doctor in about two weeks. Since taking the generic of this drug, my hair is everywhere – shower drain, sink, counter, even in my food!! Gross. I also started Lamactil when I started this particular antidepressant, so I’m wondering which one it is. I’m praying it is the buproprion b/c this mood stabilizer is helping me function again. My poor head is lacking about 1/3 ro 1/2 its original hair amount. :(

September 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm
(57) jbird says:

hi lea. sorry about your hair. i am down to about a 1/3 of my hair. so frustrating. i suspect it is the wellbutrin. i am having a biopsy on my scalp tomorrow. so worried about all of this hair loss. let me know how things play out with your doctor. will be interested to hear.

September 13, 2012 at 1:20 am
(58) lauri says:

i’ve been off of welbutrin for about 3 months now…hair still coming out … surprised i’m not bald lol …i will be at my doc’s on monday to talk more about it…i hope some day i can post on here i have recovered and hair is back to normal

September 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm
(59) jbird says:

i am so sorry lauri. i have been off the medication for 5+ weeks and am still shedding. i had a biopsy on my scalp yesterday. v unpleasant. will get my results next week. i too am surprised i am not bald. let me know what happens with your hair. would love it if we both could post that things were back to normal. has your shedding slowed down at all?

September 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm
(60) jls687 says:

After changing my meds several times over the period of a couple months, my doctor suggested Wellbutrin. I was only on it for about 2-3 weeks and I experienced and am still experiencing massive shedding to the point I could literally pull the hair out in chunks! I stopped the medication less than one week ago, but my hair is still shedding. Can anyone tell me how long it took for their hair to stop shedding so rapidly?

September 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm
(61) jbird says:

i wish i could answer this. 5+ weeks off of the wellbutrin and i am still shedding. read earlier posts. some people stop shedding v quickly and other shed for months.

September 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm
(62) lauri says:

well like i said 3 months out i’m still losing hair…to answer your question jbird,..from time to time it would seem like it is slowing down and then bam..i shampoo and the drain is full..it is so discouraging…i would say the biggest difference since i quit W 3 months ago is that i now get regrowth where before i would lose the hair and there was no sign of new hair. i’m sure that biopsy was painful..ugh! let us readers know how it comes out! i will continue to post until i am through this. others need to read our stories!

September 14, 2012 at 2:20 pm
(63) jbird says:

lauri! before you started the meds did you have a big mop of hair? or do you have thin hair like i do? just curious. a friend of mine just called. she started wellbutrin a couple of months ago and it make her break out in hives? well she thinks that is what caused it. she has been off of it for over a month and is still breaking out in hives. this stuff really is poison! still shedding today. washed my hair – the shower water hurt my stitches. but i HAD to wash my hair. was so gross from the biopsy. have a good weekend. hope you are able to ride your motorcycle soon.

September 17, 2012 at 12:06 am
(64) lauri says:

hi allan!
jbird, i didn’t have thick hair but it certainly wasn’t thin. i’ll get on the motorcycle just not near as much and i always wear a bandanna now. i will be going to the doc tomorrow so i’ll see if he has any words of wisdom for me, doubt it…

September 17, 2012 at 11:22 am
(65) jbird says:

lauri…….. let me know what the doctor has to say. i went in for more blood work today. should get the results in a day or two. not really sure what they are checking for this time. possibly my hormones? do you use rogaine? sorry if i have asked you this before. i cannot remember. have a good week.

September 18, 2012 at 10:40 pm
(66) lauri says:

jbird, no i don’t use rogaine. the doc has suggested it though. i am using a salon hair loss system by JKS. he has referred me to a dermatologist so i will go there now. he says he’s not convinced it’s the welbutrin, i still think it is. he has ran every test possible and they come back good. what did they discover from your biopsy?

September 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm
(67) SJ says:

Add me to the list of those whose hair falls out like crazy on Wellbutrin. I’ve taken it for approx 2 years and 6 months in noticed thinning, now it’s so bad you can see my scalp all over the top of my head. For those who have discontinued Wellbutrin because of hair loss… have you switched to something else for depression/anxiety that has worked (and not caused hair loss)? I don’t want to go off this without another viable option for me.

September 20, 2012 at 3:27 pm
(68) jbird says:

lauri! got my results from the biopsy. THEY ARE NOT SURE what is wrong? either its from the medication or it is genetic hair thinning. however the doctor told me that genetic hair thinning is a slow onset and progresses relatively slowly? there is NOTHING slow about my shedding. so i am going with the wellbutrin. it HAS to be the problem. this is the most frustrating thing EVER. he told me to use rogaine as it “might” help with the problem. i don’t know that i can take much more of this. the back of my head looks AWFUL. i can’t put off wig shopping another day. will let you know how i make out in that department this weekend. off of the meds for a full 6 weeks now. ahhhhhhhhhhhh

September 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm
(69) jbird says:

lauri! bad news. talked to the doctor this evening. he thinks it is genetic hair loss now? depressed. my gut is still telling me its the drugs though. sick to my stomach. i wonder if i will go totally bald?

September 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm
(70) lauri says:

SJ..no i myself decided not to take anything else..i took the wel. more for body pain and it sure did help me. yes, it helped my anxiety too but the body pain is the bigger thing for me. i am managing the anxiety for the moment.
jbird…just because the doc says it, doesn’t mean it’s so. time will tell. but like me you are scared you will be bald before it’s all said and done. my gut tells me it’s the wel. too. i will continue to go through the motions with the doctor’s just in case i’m wrong but after reading and listening to so many others i can’t help but think WELBUTRIN is the culprit. i want to know the answer! if it is wel. i swear i want some pain and suffering compensation….this has been a horrible nightmare as any one who reads this knows!

September 22, 2012 at 10:56 am
(71) Maria says:

OMG! I just came back from my dermatologist today due to significant thinning of my hair. I thought it was my shampoo since I don’t blow dry my hair, I don’t use any products on my hair but I do wash them daily. I kept thinking when did I start loosing my hair. It’s gotta be when I started using Buprorion daily. I thought it was because I just had a baby, but she’s now 2 years old and the thinning of my hair continuous. I’m supposed to take them everyday but hate medication so I’m on and off, but suddenly decided to religiously takes it and within 2 months my hair started failing out. I’m glad I searched it because I will immediately stop the use of Buproprion!

September 22, 2012 at 11:08 am
(72) lauri says:

maria…keep us posted on how long it takes after discouraging the meds the shedding stops

September 22, 2012 at 5:20 pm
(73) jbird says:

maria! so sorry about your hair. yes please let us know when the shedding stops. i continue to shed after being off the wellbutrin for 6+ weeks. hopefully you will stop shedding sooner rather than later.

September 23, 2012 at 12:18 am
(74) vanessa says:

wow… this sucks. my hair has thinned a lot too since starting the generic wellbutrin in july. was just starting to feel better emotionally and now realize i have to stop taking it! lost weight, too! dammit!!!!! tried prozac and it turned me into a zombie. tried effexor and i gained weight, was emotionless and had blackouts when i’d get up from bending over or squatting and horrible head shocks. i’ll be tapering off starting tomorrow. have been taking 150 2x a day. have read you shouldn’t stop cold turkey so will wean off and make a call to my nurse practitioner. none of you have had success with anything else? what is in this stuff that causes this? arghhhhh!!!!!

September 23, 2012 at 9:20 am
(75) jbird says:

vanessa. my doctor told me to stop immediately. i did not have to wean off of it. just an fyi. it made me lose weight as well. i did put the weight back on within the 6 + weeks i have been off of it. good luck. let me know how things go with your hair.

October 4, 2012 at 6:03 pm
(76) jbird says:

ok 8 weeks off of wellbutrin and my shedding has seemed to slow down? can this be? keeping my fingers crossed. hair still looks like hell but i am a little hopeful today. yippieeeeeeeeee

October 4, 2012 at 6:29 pm
(77) beth says:

I have been taking generic bupropion 300 XL along with prozac 40 mg. II want to switch to the brand name Wellbutrin, but was told its $300 for 30 pills!! I was wondering if those of you that have had hair loss were taking the generic or brand name?? I have lost so much hair around and its so upsetting!!! Was happy to find this site. Can anyone help?

October 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm
(78) jbird says:

the generic seems to be the culprit. i dont know that i have read any posts from people losing hair from the “real” wellbutrin. i took the generic sr 150 mg.

October 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm
(79) Jan doe says:

Hair loss (and regrowth) don’t happen suddenly. The hair cycle is four months long so It will take four months for hair loss to begin after the causative factor is instituted. Likewise, it will take four months after the offending agent is discontinued before hair regrowth is noted.

October 5, 2012 at 11:36 pm
(80) lauri says:

jan doe….i noticed regrowth after being off of it 6-7 weeks later. the problem is the new growth keeps falling out and regrowing…i’m probably 4 months off now…if you are right i should be stopping the shedding real soon! dermatologist this friday for me

October 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm
(81) beth says:

J Bird.. thanks so much for your quick response!! But when I re-read these comments, many people said hey were taking “wellbutrin” and the only way they got their hair back was to stop it completely. Unfortunately thats not an option for me. I wonder if you or anyone else can confirm that the generic bupropion causes hair loss and that brand name Wellbutrin will not? please respond soon, thx

October 8, 2012 at 11:14 pm
(82) lauri says:

i’m sorry for the confusion..i was talking the generic of welbutrin……

October 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm
(83) Lynn says:

I was on the brand name Wellbutrin three different times, and each time my hair started falling out four months after starting it. I have been off Wellbutrin for ten weeks and the hair loss has really slowed down. I have been taking 2,000 mgs of L-Tryptophan a day and I’ve been amazingly calm and in a good mood.

October 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm
(84) jbird says:

yes i was on the generic. but now i see that there are posts that the brand name causes problems too. darn. i was willing to give it a try
as i felt much better on the drug. my shedding is SO MUCH BETTER and i am in a good mood for the first time in 3 months. wooohooo. there is a light at the end of the tunnel. well i hope so anyway.

October 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm
(85) Casey says:

I took Zoloft and clonapin 2 yrs ago and my hair fell out. I stopped taking it and my hair has stopped falling out but still not as long or thick as it was before treatment. I used to have naturally long thick hair. My dr has recommended Wellbutrin for my depression but I am scared to try it. She didn’t mention hairloss and I specifically asked her. Does anyone know a drug that works but doesn’t cause hairloss? I desperately want to take something but am scared to loose my hair Bc mine doesn’t go back to normal when I stop treatment.

October 18, 2012 at 11:11 pm
(86) lauri says:

as you can see welbutrin has the potential to make you lose your hair….i’ve been off of it nearly 4 months and still lose hair. even though the drug is out of my system my body has yet to get back to normal…the doc said i must be one of the lucky ones…unless, of course the culprit isn’t welbutrin. i have a few more test that were just run and if those come back ok then the chances are it was the drug. in a way that is good news because i should eventually recover from it.
jbird…have you been off of the drug for 3 months?

October 19, 2012 at 10:25 am
(87) Lynn says:

Lauri,

I just had a thought. I noticed that my hair began shedding about four months after I had started Wellbutrin. Perhaps it takes the same amount of time to stop falling out after discontinuing Wellbutrin. I hope I’m right and that it will be the case for you.

It’s been almost three months off for me, and I have noticed a big difference as far as hair loss and even the way my hair feels when I run my fingers through it. I’ve also noticed that my scalp doesn’t tingle and feel hot like it used to. Yesterday I actually used a big-tooth comb on my wet hair…and just ONE hair came out. I used to have clumps coming out while on Wellbutrin.

October 19, 2012 at 8:38 pm
(88) lauri says:

wow Lynn that’s great for you and i hope you are right….i have thought it has been less lately but not getting my hopes up

October 23, 2012 at 11:16 am
(89) jbird says:

lauri. yes i have been off of the drug for almost 3 months. for about a week or two i did not lose much hair at all and my hair was looking a little better. over the past few days i am noticing more hair loss. this is such torture. i thought i was on the mend. guess not? ugh

October 23, 2012 at 11:20 pm
(90) lauri says:

well all my blood work is officially in and all is well and since this isn’t hereditary i’m sticking with the guilty party being welbutrin. now i am going to keep my fingers crossed that i am close to the end of this crap!

October 23, 2012 at 11:22 pm
(91) lauri says:

oh P.S. i know someone else going through this and she started to use rogaine…i’ll see how that goes. i decided to hold back on that because i really want to know if this is because of the drug…i think it is!

October 24, 2012 at 11:04 am
(92) jbird says:

lauri – the rogaine seems to be working well for me. getting a little facial hair though.

October 24, 2012 at 7:38 pm
(93) lauri says:

facial hair…good lord! this is a no win thing i swear lol

October 25, 2012 at 11:32 pm
(94) anongirl says:

I’ve been on Wellbutrin for four months and for the last three weeks my hair has been falling out. Went to the hairdresser and he noticed right away. I’ve always had crazy thick hair now I can see my scalp through it.

I’m furious that this has happened to so many people and that its minimized by doctors and the company. I went to my doctor and she doesn’t know whats causing it and I also have to get blood test done to ensure it isn’t my thyroid.

I’ve stopped taking it two weeks ago and I hope the hair loss stops soon although from what I’ve read, I’m not holding my breath.

Let me know what works for you ladies in terms of dealing with this.

October 26, 2012 at 11:58 am
(95) jbird says:

i took it for about four months as well. i have been off the meds since august 8th and i am still shedding. nothing like before but i do still shed. i think i would start to use rogain right away. also take some biotin daily. it seems to be helping. you will recover from this. do not worry. its an awful thing to go through but you will get through it. i too am angry with the drug company and the doctors. i felt as though i was never taken seriously about my hair loss. did you notice a change in the texture of your hair? i did. that is getting back to normal now though.

October 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm
(96) Ratssasss says:

I have been taking generic Wellbutrin since mid June and it has worked wonders for my depression. However, about a month or so ago I thought I was noticing that my already thin hair was falling out. Now there is no question about it and I have red hot patches that are spreading on the crown of my head. My scalp is also breaking out with some type of weird dandruff in these areas. Went looking on the internet and found this site. I must admit that it is comforting to see that others have experienced this too. I called my MD office and am waiting for him to get back to me about this issue but I am sure (especially since I have read this blog) that the Wellbutrin is causing it. I am stopping the Wellbutrin immediately and will deal with the withdrawal sx when they happen. Am planning on picking up some biotin too. I have been on 300 mg a day of the XR and can’t afford to lose any more hair. I am a 60 year old female and I know that hormonal issues are not the cause and this is the only thing I can link my hair loss too. The secretary at MY MD’s office said that she has never heard of this happening before. Well, welcome to my world as I freak out every time I look in the mirror….will keep posting as this unfolds.

October 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm
(97) anongirl says:

Yes, I noticed (and so did my hairdresser) a change in my hair texture. So much so that he wouldn’t use the usual chemicals he does on my hair becuase he was afraid of the hair breaking or falling out more. I noticed weird dandruff too. I haven’t had the dandruff again. I’m taking biotin as well as vitamin e, omega 3′s. Hair is still coming out and I just don’t know how much else I can loose. I think we should tell the company about this.

October 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm
(98) lauri says:

i personally think all the vitamins in the world won’t change the hair loss. i was taking biotin and others and nothing seem to really change. i recently just decided no more hair loss shampoos and no more vitamins!! i am noticing regrowth again (for the 4th or 5th time) but this time so far it isn’t falling out (the new growth). maybe, just maybe i’m getting closer to the end of this. if the dermatologist is right…..it doesn’t matter if the welbutrin is out of my system, it is when my body gets back to the state prior to the drug. i too think this should be taken up with the drug company. i have spent lots of money to only come right back to the fact it is the welbutrin….when all is said and done and i KNOW this has been the cause i intend to see what i can do to take action on them….it may be a waste of my time but the most important thing is that other people get this information…had i not stumbled upon this page i would have never linked my hair loss to the medicine and would still be taking it!!!!!!!!!

November 3, 2012 at 7:19 pm
(99) Pinkonlypink says:

I’ve been on generic bupropion XL 300mg for a year. I took it approx 3 years ago and stopped after 3 mos because I believed it was causing hair loss, but started again. 6 weeks ago I started noticing significantly more hair in my brush. My hairdresser agrees that my ponytail is thinner. She said that she would be concerned if it was coming out in clumps or in one area, but she can see “baby” hairs coming in on all my scalp. I really don’t want to stop taking it particularly with the time change tonight!! I was thinking I could lower dosage and add a booster, but haven’t researched this or asked my dr. yet. I started using Pantene AgeDefy thickening products, they’re brand new and hard to find, but after a week I haven’t noticed a change in my hairbrush. Aargh. I don’t style my hair, it’s either in a ponytail or maybe off face with a clip, but I think my hair looks thicker and feels thicker at scalp. So maybe someone who styles their hair would like it more. My question is basically a repeat of earlier posts – is there anything out there that gives Wellbutrin’s benefits without hair loss? Bald and comfortable or full head and miserable? It’s almost 2013! They’re cloning animals and growing hearts, sort of anyway, why can’t I keep my hair?! Thanks for listening.

November 8, 2012 at 10:33 am
(100) JessicaP says:

It appears Wellbutrin and Bupropion are the cause. I too stopped 2 days ago due to hair loss. I started Biotin as well. If anyone wants to chat further about this feel free. As a woman this is not something I take lightly. I do feel out doctors should have at least warned us about the side effect as well. If I had known I would have linked the hair thinning months ago and mitigated my damages.

jessicapiacente@yahoo.com

November 8, 2012 at 10:46 am
(101) Briana says:

Hello.
I started loosing my hair 4 weeks into taking wellbutrin and i was taking 75 mg every other day. When i saw the medication could be the factor i stopped immediately. It has been 4 weeks since i stopped taking it and i am still loosing my hair at the same rate. My hair has gotten so much thinner and this is just really a horrific experience. Feel like crying every day when i put my hand around my ponytail.

My doctor gave me another medicine to switch to called esopram. I am to scared started taking it because one off the side affects with this medicine is hair loss and i am so scared it will just continue or get worse.

Has anyone experienced changing to another medicine?

November 8, 2012 at 11:40 pm
(102) lauri says:

yes! this is devastating. and no i never tried another med…i intend to make sure the cause is wellbutrin.
to sum it up:
i went off of WB june 11th….i think i am just now in the past month getting some of my hair back…i am still losing more than the normal amount which is upsetting but the very noticeable regrowth has given me hope since that isn’t falling out like it was previously. my hair line had receded and is now growing back in *sigh* thank god!! so in a few day is will be 5 months since my last dose of welbutrin. that is a long time to continue to lose hair and lots of money spent to make sure it wasn’t anything else. no vitamins and no hair loss shampoos helped at all. i am a hair stylist and i intend to spread the word. i do believe welbutrin has been the cause of my hair loss and the only recourse was to discontinue the meds and let time get my body back to “normal”
my email is tleaf4@aol.com

November 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm
(103) Alessandra says:

Hi, everyone, I wanted to thank you all of you for sharing your stories on this site. It was the first response on my search “Welbutrin hair loss women” and I am “relieved” to see that I am not going crazy. I’ve always had a very thin hair, but for couple of months, I am noticing that my hair is getting so much thinner that you can see all my scalp when I do a ponytail. It also itches like crazy, but I am afraid to itch and get things worse. The worse part it is right in front of my forehead. I started panicking and didn’t know what I was doing wrong. Until tonight. I thought the culprit could be a med I am taking to balance my insulin levels but my dermatologist discarded the idea saying that the med, actually, helps my hair. Then I remembered that it could be the Welbutrin that I’ve been taking for about eight months now. A quick google search and look what I’ve found…! I can’t believe the doctors don’t tell us that/are not aware of it! I am from a tropical country, but live in Canada and its rigorous winter worsens my depression, but I would rather fight it with something else than be “happy”, but bald. I decided to stop Welbutrin immediately, tonight. My dermatologist recommended me to take an oral hair vitamin called Inneov, from L’oreal. It’s not sold in Canada, but we can buy from the US or Europe. I will keep you posting comments on my experience. Let’s hope it works. I can’t afford to get my hair any thinner….thanks all, once again. Good luck to all of us.

November 11, 2012 at 10:56 pm
(104) lauri says:

Alessandra..good luck with Inneov. i will be curious to see if it helps. i’m glad you found this place.

November 16, 2012 at 8:43 am
(105) Briana says:

I hope Inneov will help.

I started taking vitamin supplements for hair, nail and skin. Have not noticed any progress in my hair. Still shedding like crazy. I only comb it in the morning. It is the same every day. Counted them last week and there were 97 hairs that morning, almost the same next day so i am approximately loosing 100 hairs each day. Stopped counting them though now because it just ruins the day for me to start it off that way.

lauri: 5 months!! That is a long time. I dont know if i can handle 4 more months off this and if there will be any more hair left in that time. This is devastating. Dont want to have to cut my hair short or loose so much hair i miss the lenght off my hair or i dont know how this all will end and i wish i could know than i would just cut it so i dont have to see it get shorter and shorter or i dont know anymore. This is just ruining me.

November 18, 2012 at 8:31 am
(106) lauri says:

Briana, yes! 5 months and honestly it is still falling out. but now i see new hair growing in and before i didn’t, my hairline had fallen back about 1/2 an inch-to an inch and i now see new hair filling back in. it still stresses me out when i see the drain full of 150-200 hairs every time i shower but the new hair gives me hope this is coming to an end….i remember thinking earlier this year i would be bald by the time july (vacation) rolled around. so fair i have just kept my hair trimmed up but mine isn’t real long either. i did have to give myself bangs to help camouflage my receding hairline. THE STRESS OF THIS HAS BEEN OVERWHELMING!!! never knew my hair meant so much!

November 26, 2012 at 9:31 am
(107) Briana says:

I hope everyone stopped writing here because the hair loss has stopped and all is good again :)

That is not my case. Still shedding about 100+ hairs a day when i comb it in the morning. And it falls out during the day off course to and is on my clothes and floor and bed and just everywhere.
It has been 1 & 1/2 months now since i stopped taking wellbutrin.

Not sure if i will be able to go on any medicine again because i cant go trough this “again”, if this shed ever stops that is. But i can feel it that i stopped taking it for sure. My mood is worse and i lack motivation for anything. And this shedding is not helping at all. Every time i see a hair fall out my mind goes to overdrive thinking about that i am loosing my hair.

Hope everyone is doing better with their hair loss.

November 27, 2012 at 10:48 pm
(108) lauri says:

hey briana..not sure where everyone went. that is why i vowed to stay here until i knew for sure. if you are anything like me i continued to lose hair for months and still do but like i said it is finally growing back so i feel better about it. but like you,,,i spent many months fretting over every lost hair and i am so fearful of any other medications. i miss taking the Wellbutrin because i did feel so much better. i am starting to gain weight. so between weight gain and hair loss it’s hard to stay positive but i refuse to take a drug!

November 28, 2012 at 6:25 pm
(109) Briana says:

Hi Lauri and thank you for responding.
Yes i miss being on wellbutrin for sure. I want to try something else but i just cant make myself do that if it will make the hair loss worse.
I just am so lost with all of this.

I am still shedding like crazy. I have a really long hair and it is so thin now and getting thinner by the day :/ I cant see any re growth in my scalp yet. But it will take years for it to get as long as my length is now.
I die my hair blonde and since you are a hair stylist can you tell me if i should wait to die my roots? Will it make my hair loss worse to die it, like the process off it or does it not matter?

November 30, 2012 at 6:49 am
(110) Sharlene says:

I too am experiencing excessive hair loss on Wellbutrin. I’ve been on a very high does of Wellbutrin in combination with Effexor since June due to a major depressive episode. In the last 2 weeks I have lost about 1/2 of the hair on the top of my head. It is not an option for me to go off Wellbutrin as I can’t slip back into depression, however this hair loss is devistating to me. I started Rogaine last night in hopes that it may combat this problem, has anyone had any success with this? My doctors says I need to stay on Wellbutrin for many more months due to the severity of my depression. I can’t believe I’m going bald as this is causing me great anxiety and depression too. I’ve made and appointment at a wig shop today in hopes that I may find something that looks like me. It’s like I’m going around in circles having to take the meds for depression & then losing my hair causing me more grief.

November 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm
(111) john says:

Hey ya’ll ( from Alabama lol ) I think I may be able to offer some help with the understanding of whether it is or is not the wellbutrin doing this( hair loss ) without stopping you meds.
Wellbutrin ( Bupropion Hydrochloride ) in any form does not discriminate to local areas of hair loss , with that said then you need to look for hair loss all over vs hair loss in one particular area. All over probably means it is the meds but in localized area(s) then the culprit lies elsewhere : ) Good luck ya’ll

November 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm
(112) Lynn says:

Great news!!!! At four months and one week off Wellbutrin my hair has stopped falling out. I’ve waited about three weeks to report this just to be certain. I can now run conditioner through my wet hair without any hair strands coming out. I can also blow dry my hair without seeing any hairs in the sink and all over the floor. I can also wear a white shirt without seeing my long, dark hairs all over it, and when I clean the shower drain now, I only find about 3-5 hairs. This nightmare is finally over for me!!

November 30, 2012 at 10:56 pm
(113) lauri says:

lynn..congrats!! very happy for you..indeed good news!!!

sharleen…if this is the only way to combat depression for you then a wig is in order or maybe it won’t all fall out but just be thinner?? what a terrible choice to make!! i wish the best for you!

John..i personally think we just notice out hair loss mostly on the top but for me my eye brows even seemed thinner but i didn’t realize that until i started to grow hair back.

brianna…how meds react to hair and hair color is not a science. i know for me i continued to color my hair but at that point i didn’t realize it was the med making me lose my hair…also i used a semi perm hair color so that is less harmful to the hair. i eventually stopped coloring because i thought that maybe i was having a reaction to the color and maybe that is why my hair was falling out….for me, the hair color made no difference. do you lighten or darken your hair???

December 6, 2012 at 8:18 am
(114) Briana says:

Lynn: Congratulations. That is awesome for you. I am still dreaming about the day that happens to me.

Lauri: I lighten my hair so the chemicals are strong..

December 27, 2012 at 10:27 pm
(115) lauri says:

well i am happy to say that i continue to regrow hair..the shedding still occurs but at a far less rate….FINALLY! it has been 7 months since i last took Welbutrin. i no longer fret about my hair loss and feel i can put this behind me. would love to hear updates on some of you others……..

December 29, 2012 at 6:27 am
(116) briana says:

Happy to hear that things are looking better for you.

Update off my hairless is not good.
I still shead as much hair every single day. I count them once in a while and it is about 100 hairs I miss a day. I always comb my hair in the morning to see. When I shower and the blow drying afterwards is just horrible and I loose about twice as much.
I can see my scalp now everywhere on the top off my head and on the sides, not interested off seeing the back. My hair has gotten so much thinner and still is.

December 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm
(117) lauri says:

briana..how long have you been off of w?

December 29, 2012 at 8:52 pm
(118) Shanice says:

I just wanted to thank everyone for sharing this information. I was prescribed Wellbutrin for depression and have only taken to pills. I will not be taking anymore of these. If my hair comes out it will only make matters worse for me.

December 30, 2012 at 12:38 am
(119) lauri says:

maybe you could be a lucky one that doesn’t have this side effect but either way i’m glad you fond our stories helpful

January 2, 2013 at 7:19 pm
(120) Jenny says:

I have been on both brand and generic welbutrin for two years, it has worked fabulous for me, I started noticing that i was losing hair a few months after starting but didn’t think much about it and now i have probably lost 1/3 of my hair, fortunately I have a lot of hair and it isn’t noticeable to people but my hairdresser did find a couple areas where I have significant loss and you can see my scalp! I have stopped the medicine today and going to get some biotin and already take omega oils. I will have my thyroid checked but don’t think that is what it is…I dont have a family history of hair loss rather everyone has a full head of hair, even the men. I had no idea this was a side effect, I am a NP and have prescribed this for patients and I can honestly say it isn’t well advertised. I don’t think people are as aware because the hair loss is so slow at first, at least it was for me. Argh, 4 months to wait and see if it grows back….

January 4, 2013 at 6:27 pm
(121) Brett says:

33 year old male here. I started 150 mg/day bupropion (Wellbutrin) in August 2012. In early December 2012 my girlfriend noticed my hair thinning, I immediately stopped the medicine and for the past month hair has continued to fall out. My hair is thinner all over and my hairline has receded a bit, getting worse on a daily basis. My hairline was normal before and I was not in the process of MPB.

I have no idea what to think and I am really stressed to the max. Everyday there is less hair after I’m thinking its over. I started taking fish and borage oil right away when I noticed. Any idea when this will stop and if I can expect regrowth?

Everything I have read make me think it should stop soon and eventually thicken back, but I have no idea. I read dopamine is a cause for catagen in hair, wondering what is going on in my scalp!

Help!

January 5, 2013 at 1:08 pm
(122) lauri says:

according to my doc the only thing that can help it is time and rogaine. i did hair-loss shampoo’s and the biotin etc and seriously nothing changed! i will say, i miss the wellbutrin…slowly but surely the reason i went on it in the first place are coming back to remind me. as someone mentioned earlier, i think jenny, the hair-loss creeps up on you without realizing it…had no clue at one point it could be the W. this side effect should be listed in the top ten imho……

January 10, 2013 at 12:24 am
(123) CrystalH says:

I just thought I’d share my own story since people are still talking about this issue. I took Wellbutrin for about 6 months. It made me feel normal, like I had an outlook on life, it gave me energy and drive to do things and it made me lose so much weight. Within those six months, due to insurance reasons I had to start taking a generic. It felt like I wasnt taking anything at all; I just plummeted. I went back to the brand name and felt better. I couldn’t tell you exactly when I started noticing the hair loss because I’ve always shed to some degree. But it came to the point where I had lost 1/3 of my long thick hair. Within 2 weeks of noticing, I made the decision to get off of it. I believe it took a few months for the hair to stop falling out. It’s been a year since I’ve been off of it and I’m on this website now looking for answers that I guess no one has found. I need help but I simply refuse to go bald at 22 years old. I don’t want to play a guessing game with antidepressants to see which one can make me sick, which one can give me acne, and which one can make me gain weight. Therapy is so expensive and I don’t see how therapy alone could help me on those late nights when I fail to see the point of it all. I wish you all the best of luck.

January 10, 2013 at 12:29 am
(124) CrystalH says:

Oh and about regrowth, I really can’t tell if any of my hair has grown back. I’d like to say that some of it has but I’m not sure.

January 16, 2013 at 8:26 pm
(125) Nini says:

I am a 27 yr old female and I’ve been on genetic brand of Wellbutrin for about 7 months. For the past two months I’ve started to notice lots of hair everywhere, bathtub, sink, bathroom floor, bed…. I see a strand right now on my keyboard…. seriously. I have very thick hair so I was not concerned at first, but it’s starting to concern me.

From reading all of these comments I am positive this hair loss is due to WB. I plan to gradually start to wean my self off of this medication starting tomorrow. I felt so good on WB and I am sad that I must stop taking it…. and terrified of that depressing feeling will creep back into my life.

My question to all of you is… are there other antidepressants out there that are similar to WB w/o the hair loss symptoms?

January 29, 2013 at 9:10 pm
(126) Victoria says:

I have had an “ah-ha” moment today. For years my hair has been steadily thinning. I am down to 1/2 of the hair I once had. Five years ago I started Wellbutrin. I quit about a month ago, before I knew it was causing my hair loss. I have looked into every other cause; thyroid, hormones, ect. Today I went to a new stylist (in a never ending quest for the right style to cover my receding hairline and balding temples) and she asked me if I was taking Wellbutrin, said she sees this a lot. It all makes perfect sense now. I am so happy I had already quit the med, I just hope my hair returns! I have noticed I am not losing as much which is good because I am sooo thin now! I feel optimistic about my hair for the first time in years. Losing my hair has been traumatic, you feel so helpless! I am so thankful for this information. Best of luck to all of you on this weird journey.

January 30, 2013 at 9:45 am
(127) Mary says:

Add me to the long list. I have maybe one third of the hair I did this time last year. Sadly I will say goodbye to Wellbutrin. There can be no depression like being unnecessarily bald.

February 18, 2013 at 6:01 pm
(128) Briana says:

Hello everyone.
A little update about my hairloss.
Recap about my story: Started wellbutrin and took it for about 6 weeks. Noticed hair loss and stopped immediately after I read online it was the cause. It was 18. October 2012 I stopped and I am still loosing allot off hair. I am 31 years old female and I have a about 22″ inch long hair. It was not extremely thick and today I have lost more than 1/3 off it.
So have been off the medication for 4 months and no sign off the hair loss stopping. It is a really bad experience and I worry everyday how it will all end.

February 20, 2013 at 11:10 pm
(129) kelly says:

I took Wellbutrin before for about a year as well as other anti depressants and anti-anxiety meds. I was just fine. I went off my medsfor a couple of months and now my new doctor is putting me just on wellbutrin, same does as before. It has been almost a week since ive been back on it, and today….a clump fell out as i was washing my hair! im only 18….i hope its nothing bad…the welbutrin is the only change ive experienced, and im kind to my hair and dont straighten it or anything….but i was on wellbutrin before with no problems….how could it be causing the problem now???

February 21, 2013 at 10:53 am
(130) Briana says:

Hi Kelly.
Sorry to hear your story.
I was on wellbutrin 2 years ago for about 6 months and i did not have any complications then. But then i started again a year later and then i had the hairloss. I am not saying it is the same with you but that was my story.

March 1, 2013 at 12:59 am
(131) Jasmine Hassan says:

I’m 31, I was on Wellbutrin SR (one pill 150mg/day) for only 2 months and my long (below waist), thick hair was shedding and thinning like crazy. It was very obvious, because the entire length of hair that grew before taking Wellbutrin was all thick and strong, but the ends near the roots were so fine, that they easily snap by pulling on it. It was so bad that I started noticing bald spots in the front, near hairline, and around my temples. I stopped Wellbutrin, and within a few weeks, the hair-loss stopped.
Same thing happened with 2 other female friends, the only ones who I knew were also on it. One of them was also on it no more than 2-3 months.
I must say, from anecdotal data, it doesn’t seem at all like a rare side effect, rather quite a common one.

March 29, 2013 at 5:29 am
(132) Cealie says:

The brand name Wellbutrin did not cause hair loss but when my insurance switched me to the generic my hair fell out like crazy. It’s very noticeable so the choice is give up something that makes me feel normal and focused or have stringy, brittle straw on my head.

March 31, 2013 at 11:07 pm
(133) Tres says:

Hi everyone,
I am so grateful I found this site. I started brand name Wellbutrin 2 months ago & in the last 4 wks, I have had massive shedding. Big clumps of hair in the shower. In fact, it looks like I have a pair of black gloves on when I wash my hair. So much loss, the long black hair wraps around my hands!! When I showed my husband his jaw hit he floor. Anyway, I will be discontinuing this medicine pronto. As awful as this is, it’ s nice to know I am not alone in this nightmare. I cannot believe I paid $300 a month to practically go bald!!

April 16, 2013 at 12:27 am
(134) sonshine says:

ive been on wellbutrin7 years.imy hair is so thin on top i was almost bald on top.no new hair growing in either.ive been off it 6 weeks.i have new hair growing in.i never connected it to the wellburtrin but thyroid.iam not vain.but so happy i stopped and my hair is now growing in the bald spots.i will never take it agian and look for something else maybe,good luck to all wellbutrin users

April 16, 2013 at 3:02 am
(135) Candie says:

I got online and looked up hair loss due to generic Wellbutrin. My Dr. and Pharmacist both said it doesn’t cause hair loss. I read all of the above comments and I know it is the culprit! I’m stopping this Med, although it is the only antidepressant that has ever worked for me, with weight loss as well. I would rather have hair though! I have been on WB for six months and my hair is only half as thick as it was and I have bald spots forming also. This is very scary. I’m so glad found this blog and you all shared your stories, and now I know that I’m not crazy! ;) Best of luck to all. I will find a natural supplament.

Candie

April 22, 2013 at 7:26 pm
(136) Laura says:

Same problems and so glad I found this site. I started on Bupropion SR 150 Mg last April 2012 at one a day. Then within 2 months moved to twice a day but many times missed the second pill. About November 2012 I noticed what you ladies called shedding in the shower. Then it got worse and worse. I have had hair loss before but nothing like this. I am 56 years old and had thick wavy to curly hair. It’s April now and you can see my scalp and have very thin fine hair. that is weak. I hate washing my hair since a lot falls out. The loss at times was about 60 hairs a day +. Hair all over the house and on all clothing. It was scary. I do see some very fine hairs growing in some areas. Unfortunately, I still smoke and that could be the culprit since lack of circulation can cause hair loss, I think. So, I started taking less of the Bupropion trying to wean off of it and I’m exhausted. Will take the Biotin and see Dr. Also, I have not heard how to get off this med without being so tired. I am taking one pill every third day. I hope my hair grows back. My male Doctor is bald so he not as responsive as I’d like to my hair loss. Will try the thyroid test. Glad I found this site. and will post back if hair comes in again.

April 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm
(137) Edele says:

I’ve been on welbutrin xl for about 4 months now and since that time I have lost an excessive amount of hair. I have always had thick hair and now it’s so thin. It has started to recede in the front and I have a huge bald spot in the back of my head as well as behind my ear. My psychiatrist says it is from stress. She claims that hair loss with this medication is listed as a 1% chance. Well I guess I’m that 1%. I don’t know what to do. I was on zoloft before and it made me gain tons of weight so my psychiatrist switched me to Wellbutrin but now I’m losing my hair. Luckily I have another appointment tomorrow with her and I’m going to tell her I want to be take off of Wellbutrin immediately. I’m just afraid of my depression and suicidal thoughts returning but at the same time I don’t want to be bald :-(

May 13, 2013 at 11:54 am
(138) Elizabeth says:

I started Wellbutrin (generic Buprophin XL) approx. late 2012. I am questioning hair loss. Actually I’m questioning when my hair loss began, and I do believe it correlates with Wellbutrin. I never had this issue before. Now granted, my mom died Dec. 29th. Add in my youngest son diagnosed with adhd, and I just was diagnosed with ADD.

Whenever my hair loss began, it was before New Years. Before New Years I was switched from I think it was Celexa to Wellbutrin, reason being I couldn’t take Celexa with a PPI stomach acid remover. Well I don’t take ppis anymore, though Celexa has a lot of things it doesn’t mix well with. Anyways, I know what normal hair loss is like, and thankfully knock on wood I have a lot of hair, because anytime I brush my hair, or especially the shower or after, I notice a very large amount. Before that, I could count the hairs in the shower that fell, but now it’s excessive. Around the time of hair loss excess, the only medication change was to Wellbutrin (generic.)

I have wondered if it’s Wellbutrin or just stress, but this was a very sudden hair loss change that I’m going to go with it’s probably the Wellbutrin.

I have been taking biotin for years now, and biotin usually works very well. My nails look fantastic and strong, but my hair comes out a lot. I’ll notice hair on my shirt, one here and there throughout the day, whereas before I barely noticed it.

I am thinking of stopping wellbutrin and see how I feel, and see if there is a hair loss change. I don’t want my mood to plummet as it’s been a really hard year to begin with, but this is very obvious hair loss in my bathroom garbage. I used to clean my brush out maybe once a week if that, and now I have to daily. I know it’s not a thyroid problem, as I have routine physicals, no thyroid issue. I’ve even been working on weight loss, so I’m eating healthier, but I didn’t start that until 2 weeks ago. I’m leaning toward it has to be the wellbutrin.

May 21, 2013 at 3:46 am
(139) Kat says:

Well, I will join the club and say my hair loss is also attributed to Wellbutrin. Having thyroid checked again and checking to make sure I do not have polycystic ovaries, hormone imbalance or Celiac disease (all other reasons for hair loss) just to be sure. Have been taking 150 mg Wellbutrin XR since November 2012 so for 6 months, noticed slight hair loss maybe 2 months ago and now it’s excessive. I don’t know how to go off this drug as it is the lowest dose and pill cannot be cut. I do not want to take any antidepressant for awhile and see how I do as well as see if my hair loss stops. Complicating the matter with another drug to ease off the antidepressant and onto another will not give me peace of mind that another won’t do or keep doing the same thing. I called GlaxoSmithKline today and they took my information and said they would be available to talk to my doctor, but of course they do not list this as a side effect. This is all rather disconcerting. I am afraid of the withdrawal symptoms and just plain being off the meds in general, but will not go back to Wellbutrin and would later try something else if I cannot cope.

May 25, 2013 at 3:22 pm
(140) Jennifer says:

Off wellbutrin 13 days, have lost at least 2/3 of my hair. Did not attribute it to the W until two weeks ago when I googled wellbutrin and hairloss. Thought it was other meds I was on. Still losing. Looking for people who have gone through this and have their hair returning to normal. I guess I’m looking for hope.

May 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm
(141) hoo says:

Reading these comments, I imagine that this is more common than estimated. I was on Wellbutrin for 4 years and the entire time my hair was falling out like mad. One time I decided to count the hairs that fell out into my hands in my shower: over 300. That happened every day. I tried supplements, serums, shampoos, and foods to no avail. When I stopped taking it, the hair loss stopped immediately. I just started taking it again 3 weeks ago, and last week I started shedding again. My year off the med was a quickening downward spiral despite consistent daily exercise, meditation, adequate sleep, and sunshine whenever available. Hair loss is…humbling, but the other antidepressants cause loss of sex drive and orgasm plus weight gain, so hair loss it is!

June 10, 2013 at 8:31 pm
(142) Amber says:

I to have hair loss from Wellbutrin! I had a major texture change in my hair at first. After dealing with that for some time it started coming out! I now have a receding hair line and a much thinner ponytail! I have been off for over a month and have my good texture back. I also can say for certain that I am losing much less hair. I do see short hairs around the front but some are hard to tell if it is breakage or new growth. I cannot wait until this nightmare ends. I also hope Adderal will not continue with this loss.

June 15, 2013 at 9:59 pm
(143) Coll says:

Well, I was started on this drug (Wellbutrin XL) back in February 2013. I was started at the low dose of 150mg. My insurance would not pay for the brand name, so I was put on Buproprion immediately. I had no side effects for months. I dreaded increasing the dosage, though my psychiatrist recommended it. I caved and was on 300mg in the beginning of May. Shortly after the increase in meds, it took just days and I started seeing some gradual hair loss. I didn’t panic and figured my healthy hair would not be greatly affected. Weeks passed and more and more hair fell out at increasing amounts. I took myself off of Wellbutrin cold turkey. I’ve been off the drug for a week now… and my hair is still falling out at unbelievable rates. The more research I’ve been doing, the more I’ve found that the length of time you were on the drug is how long it will take for your hair to stop falling out AFTER you’ve stopped the pill. How upsetting. I felt so wonderful on Wellbutrin, but I guess I’m too vain… I’m 30 years old and female, and there is NO way I will accept being bald and happy. I plan on keep checking this page for everyone’s updates, and I will include mine. Good luck everyone. :(

June 22, 2013 at 8:56 am
(144) Crystal says:

It is 100% normal to lose between 50-200 hairs a day. So if you’re counting the hairs in your shower but your hair doesnt look noticeably thinner, perhaps its not the wellbutrin but just regular hair loss? I wonder if this is strictly linked to the generic version. Im very nervous to continue this medication.

June 23, 2013 at 10:04 am
(145) Coll says:

It’s been two weeks since I’ve been off the drug. The hair loss has not slowed down at all. It is incredibly upsetting to shower and scoop clumps of hair out of the drain. After washing, when I VERY gently comb through the hair… a near equal amount falls out in my hands. I stopped drying my hair with a blow dryer because it was causing even more to fall out. I could never count how many strands fall out. There are way too many. Yesterday, I noticed while driving in the car and the sun shone into my window, I could see how thin my hair truly was in the mirror. I cannot believe there aren’t more warnings about this. When I told my psychiatrist back in Feb that I was leery of the drug due to people reporting hair loss… she tells me she has many clients on it and no one had ever told her they were upset by hair loss. If my hair continues to fall out at this rate for another three-four months (like the projected amount of time it takes to stop) there is no doubt I will have lost 1/2 to 2/3rds of my hair. Talk about taking depression to a whole new level!!!! This is horrifying. :(

July 7, 2013 at 12:24 pm
(146) Tiffany says:

I have been taking the generic form of Welbutrin 300mg for about 5 months. For the past two months I have notices a severe increase of hair loss. Yesterday I was getting ready for the movies, took a shower and handfuls were coming out. I blow dried my hair and felt the crown of my head and it seemed so thin, so I got a mirror and looked and it is horrible! I have always been complimented on my long, shiny hair. Now I am balding all over. This is the only medication I take and I know for a fact it is causing it. It is not stress or genetic.

Since last night my scalp has started to burn. Has anyone else experienced this? I decided last night to lower my dose by half for a couple of days and then stop the med completely.

This is making me so sad and self conscience. It is so embarrassing and I am so tired of my doctor treating me like a guinea pig.

Clearly if there are this many posts on this one forum, just think of how many ppl on other forums are experiencing this as well. Also think of all the ppl who it is happening to who say nothing or the ppl who just don’t realize it is the medication.

I would strongly encourage anyone having these issue s to talk to your physician.

I can only hope this damage is repairable.

July 7, 2013 at 3:26 pm
(147) molly says:

I am 34 years old and have been suffering from hair loss for about 5 years. Prior to taking bupropion SR, I had extremely thick and shiny hair. One stylist commented that I had “about three times as much hair as a normal person”. Because my hair was so thick, it took me awhile to acknowledge it, and when I did, I didn’t connect it to my meds. I have seen several dermatologists over the years. One told me it was an iron deficiency, so I have been taking a supplement for 3 years with no change. Not one of the doctors seemed to take my hair loss seriously (or to sympathize with it), since they couldn’t find anything wrong in my blood work. Meanwhile, my condition has only gotten worse. At some point a few years ago, I thought it might be getting a little better; I realize now that that was a brief period where I stopped taking bupropion because I couldn’t afford it. When I resumed taking it, the hair loss picked right back up. At this point, I began to suspect it, but couldn’t find any evidence in the drug’s information packet, and all of my doctors told me that bupropion was not know to cause hair loss. I now believe that they are wrong. I will stop taking it tomorrow, and hope that I can recover some of my hair eventually. Having been on this drug for so long, I am scared that it is too late. But I am very relieved (and also disturbed) to have discovered this website and found that I am not insane. Thanks to everyone for sharing your thoughts/experiences here, and good luck to all of us. I will pray for it.

July 11, 2013 at 2:23 am
(148) maddycat says:

2 weeks off Wellbutrin and finally the side effects of fatigue and emotional roller coaster episodes are diminishing. My hair is so thin now someone asked a friend of mine if I was “ok”? (of course it got back to me). Terrible.

I had my hair stylist order hair extensions (secured by metal clips not glue) and this has helped so much. She ordered “micros” for the top (they are so tiny) and regular for the sides and back. I always thought only celebrities and exotic dancers used these but I have found them to be a life line. Not cheap but I figured what I am saving on the Wellbutrin I can spend on looking more normal (i.e. not like I just underwent chemo).

I noticed a tiny slow down of the hair loss since stopping (also taking 5,000mg of biotin and the hair table Visecal—bonus, fingernails have never been stronger).

I too had an itchy and burning scalp, mainly on the top and that has lessen tremendously.

Will keep posting here with how things are going and hope others do the same. Seems we will have to help each other since the medical community dismisses the link and/or impact!

July 22, 2013 at 3:24 am
(149) Vivian says:

Thanks everyone for your postings. I have been on generic Wellbutrin for over two years now and have literally gotten my life back after years of a life-ruining depression that left me withdrawn and without psychic energy to do or be part of anything.

AND I have lost at least half my hair, have receded on my forehead by an inch or more, and see my scalp all over my head. I stare at my hair and wonder what to do because like many of you I tried a ton of medications in over twenty five years and did not tolerate any of them and none worked on the depression the impressive way Wellbutrin has.

I have just changed to a woman psychiatrist who I hope will listen more sympathetically to this problem than men do who act like you shouldn’t worry about your hair because the med is working and if you go off it, you’ll just go back to the depression. Like you I see the hair loss going on and on without ever stabilizing and I am frightened by it.

Simply knowing it is a far more common condition than the doctors and drug makers admit gives me relief to know I am not alone. Also it will motivate me to start push-back by writing complaints to the drug makers, to the FDA, to the pharmacies whose drug fact sheets refer to hair loss as occasional or infrequent, maybe to the beauty or health editors of women’s magazines to be part of articles about good drugs with side effects that can make a person miserable. People need to have better information before starting this drug so they can make an informed choice and are not taken by surprise if major hair loss happens.

My heart goes out to all of you who seem mostly younger than me and need to feel whole and not robbed of your hair. Older people often have to live with life’s accumulated nicks and learn to surrender sometimes to an unhappy choice that would have been unbearable earlier in life. I wear a lot of hats now…..

August 3, 2013 at 3:38 pm
(150) Coll says:

Nearly 2 months that I’ve been off of generic Wellbutrin. I have lost gobs of hair and it is STILL falling out. I do believe it’s slowed down – SOME. It used to be every day handfuls of hair would drop out. Now it seems like it’s every other day. It’s still a large volume of hair. I de-hair my brush weekly and cannot believe the amount I take out of it.

I went from barely being able to wrap a pony-tail tie 3 times around my hair, to now wrapping it 4 times and it’s still slipping.

I’m terrified about when or if it will stop.

My psychiatrist agrees that I’ve lost hair. She is upset as well, but said none of her other clients have noticed it enough to complain about it.

I’ll continue posting my updates, and hope others do as well… with GOOD NEWS. :(

Good luck everyone.

August 28, 2013 at 5:04 pm
(151) Robin says:

I’ve been on buproprion for years -200 mg daily. Its been a life saver for me. However, I had no idea why my hair was both thinning, and the texture changing (more straw like), until I saw these comments. Even my eyebrows have thinned. I know it’s not conclusive, but….. I don’t take any other meds. This is very distressing to me. I will talk to my dr about this, and my plan is to get off of this medication (at least try). If my depression comes back, and I’m unsuccessful in finding an alternative med without this side effect, then maybe I’ll just have to get back on it and buy a wig. Kinda sad, huh?

August 30, 2013 at 11:11 pm
(152) theresa says:

Effin Wellbutrin. I was on Lexapro for postpartum depression.. and I was in incredible shape before getting pregnant.. but no matter what I did I could not lose weight on Lexapro (that is the fun thing with that drug) So
I asked for Wellbutrin. heard good things About a month into 150 mg.. I started losing bits of hair.. then I doubled my dose and my hair started coming out like crazy. I quit right away. I think I have been off for a couple week now and this is SO DEPRESSING. I had gorgeous thick curly hair :( am I going to go bald??

September 9, 2013 at 10:27 pm
(153) Tiffany says:

So I commented two months ago. Since then I have discontinued the medication. I am currently taking 3000mg of Biotin and a prenatal vitiman for the hair loss. I also taking 500 mg of GABA and L-thyrosine to replace the Wellbutrin. Although my hair is super thin and I can see the balding areas still, the hair loss has reduced dramatically. I think it is at nomal levels now. I would have never thought that I would be this “good” off of prescribed meds. But I am doing great. I still have my moments, but I will just take an extra dose if I am undergoing more than usual stress. I am also working out and eating better…. I think that is also contributing to my improvement. I would tell anyone to talk to a physician before quitting your meds. But, my husband is from overseas and the GABA and L-thyrosine are promoted and recommended. I use the NOW brand and get them off of Amazon. I hope this info helps someone. My heart goes out to all those who have had to experience what I have. You can endure. You just have to find what works for you.

September 9, 2013 at 10:49 pm
(154) Tiffany says:

I also forgot to mention that I have a ton of hair regrowth, so at least I know that my hair is growing back. With the Biotin and prenatal, it seems to be growing super fast, but I can still see the balding areas. Can’t wait till I am not so self conscience over it. I will repost in a couple months and let you know my progress!

October 9, 2013 at 2:20 pm
(155) Steve says:

I am a 45 year old male with long hair and I have been on and off Wellbutrin several times from 2007 to 2013. Every time I start on it, my hair starts falling out after a few months. The amount of hair left in the shower after washing my hair was incredible! :O Brushing my hair or running my fingers through it leaves a pile on the brush or in my hand. :( I vacuum the carpet once a week and the hair would clog up the vacuum and leave a burning smell. I had to get a pair of scissors, turn the vacuum upside down and cut all the hair out of it so the vacuum could work again.

I have been off of Wellbutrin for several months and now my hair is finally getting back to normal! :) Just a few hairs left in the shower or brush, and the vacuum isn’t clogged up anymore! :)

All the other times, I just thought it was aging or some other reason, but it’s pretty hard to deny that it’s Wellbutrin’s fault. It’s sad because it is otherwise an excellent medication, the best thing for my depression I’ve ever taken.

My doctor suggested me trying Effexor, which is supposed to be similar to Wellbutrin. I will give it a shot. I hope it works for me! :)

October 9, 2013 at 10:33 pm
(156) Retil says:

I am 48 and have been on and off wellbutrin since I was 35. It definitely makes my hair fall out, despite the reluctance of the medical community to accept it. Everytime I have gone off my hair has grown out as thick as it ever was. When I go on it, it falls out. It is a wonderful drug, has made a huge difference to my quality of life, but dealing with the hair loss is really awful. There are enough people reporting this problem now; wouldn’t it be great if the manufacturer could figure out why the hair loss?

November 5, 2013 at 11:30 pm
(157) Lah0288 says:

I have experienced extreme hair loss for almost a year nonstop. I am 25 years old, female, and this hair loss has led to so much distress. Every blood test was normal. I started looking at my prescription history and 3 months after I started wellbutrin my hair loss began…. I think I’ve FINALLY found the cause of my hair loss!!!! Today is my first day off wellbutrin and I’m praying I see some results soon. My scalp burns and itches so bad an hour or two after I dose so I’m almost positive this is what has caused my hairloss. I can not believe I didn’t think of this sooner. I’m at the point now that I almost need a wig to conceal how much I’ve lost. I will update in a few weeks as to how the hair loss is progressing.

November 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm
(158) Regina says:

Hey All, I’ve been on bupropion for about 1.5 years. I noticed hair loss, kinda of snuck up on me, and then I was loosing handfuls of hair while shampooing, and then while combing it out. I lost between 1/3 – 1/2 of my hair. Luckily I was blessed w/thick hair, or it would’ve been much worse. I thought about quitting bupropion. I figured I’d be bald eventually. Actually I did stop for two days, but started again, I have medical resistant depression and it’s the only depression med that stopped my nightly nightmares, and thinking about writing suicide notes every night. It saved my life. I started taking biotin. I never really believed in that kind of stuff, like gel for nails, etc. But I was willing to try anything. I started on something like 350mcg/day, or twice a day, for a couple of months, then upped to 7000mcg/day. I was 7000 for a month, then I went to 10,000mcg/day. I’m on my third or fourth month of taking that high dose. I have about 1″ of new hair growth. I first noticed it on the top uppermost ‘corner’s of my forehead. I kept cutting my bangs, higher up on my head, because I was pretty much bad in those places. I’m amazed! I can comb my hair w/a fine tooth comb and only have a coupe of hairs on it, which is normal. Please try it. Don’t suffer thru the hair loss. It worked for me and I really didn’t think it would. I don’t know if it was the 7000/mcg or the 10,000mcg that did the trick, but I’m sticking w/the high dose. Hope this info helps you.

November 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm
(159) Susan says:

I was on Wellbutrin SR with no hair effects. I started XL and in 1.5 months I’ve lost about 1/2 of my hair volume. Glad to know it is reversible. I went back to the 150SR but hair is still falling out. Considering stopping. :-(

January 13, 2014 at 2:59 pm
(160) Wayne says:

I started Bupropion SR 150 x 2. It was originally prescribed for my ADHD that i been diagnosed. My first AD meds ever, and it seem to Help with my ADHD tremendously. And on top It has helped me with my depression that i never knew i had, Until i started feeling euphoric and happy everyday. That’s when i knew i was depressed.

long story short. i started on 12/22/2013. so its been about 3 weeks on bupropion. I just realized slightly my hair was thining, but it never register since i always had a lot of hair. It wasn’t until yesterday i had a haircut and i realize that i had a patch of hair missing, and i could see my scalps.

This is really bothering me as it helps with my depression and my adhd. But as other stated, i don’t’ know how i would feel with great amount of hair loss. I can do thinning, but patches falling out. is no good.

To make sure that i wasn’t just losing hair slowly I checked my shower floor to see if my hair was really falling out in clumps. or its been an on going thing.. And i found a wad of longer hair all clump together.

anyhow i started taking biotin yesterday right away. and have stopped bupropion. I really don’t’ know what to do. and my pdoc is on vacay.

January 13, 2014 at 6:08 pm
(161) Wayne says:

Oh top of this. I started a new Paleo diet where i don’t eat any sugar or processed food and grains.

I have lost close to 20lbs in this 3 weeks. so i’m not sure if this also attributes to hair loss.. but i really want to take my pills today.. but i’m scared i will lose more hair

February 2, 2014 at 8:41 am
(162) Teri says:

I started Wellbrutin generic SR 200 mg 6 months ago & my hair is falling out & I’ve lost so much at the hairline.I don’t know what to do. I have fine & thin hair & am considering extensions but there’s no hair to clip on to in the front!!!! I found this forum & appreciate all your comments.
I didn’t make the connection until this week & googled wellbrutin + depression. I will stop taking it but am very concerned about my hair growing back. If anyone finds some “miracle” for fast regrowth, please post on this forum. I would greatly appreciate it.

February 3, 2014 at 12:07 pm
(163) Wayne says:

HI Terri and Everyone Reading.

I started Biotin, and I believe it did help me cover up more of the balding spot with new hair. Not too sure yet. But i recommend taking Biotin, with a B complex.

After much research B complex ( B6 + B12) can help promote produce dopamine and norepinephrine. Which will work perfectly with a DNRI which is Willbutrin.

However I have a friends wedding coming up in a month and i can not take more hairloss. So i switched off to Straterra. Which i hated.

Now i am on Ritalin, which is another DNRI. i am not sure if i am losing hair or not. Lets cross my fingers.

February 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm
(164) Maxie says:

Boy am I glad I found this –quite by chance.This week I thought my hair was too tangled and too much came out brushing. 2 different days I was home &skipped my shower Today after shower I brushed it out thinking I brushed too hard.I tried to fluff up my bangs,looked like I combed it wrong.so I just parted it and combed it back. SHOCK! Pink scalp and it really was thin! I started on welbutrin FEB 3.first time I have ever taken any antidepressant medicine. Been struggling without meds, due to some traumatic things in my life.Been going to therapist to deal with it and they were concerned about my progress. So only been on it about 9-10 days. I took 150 mg of the xl for 3 days then it went to 300 mg. Now I have a call in to DR so I can Stop.Thought I read all the side effects, on paper &online. I googled welbutrin &hair loss & found this forum. Not going to wait. My hair is already too fine and too thin.

February 12, 2014 at 4:18 pm
(165) Maxie says:

Thank you all for posting, I am wondering if all of your DR’s reported the side effect to the company? I don’t think I was on it long enough to see results, other than when I fell into crying, it did not go on & on, I was able to get more control about stopping that. I don’t see that I will miss it. I will have to be fervent with walking for exercise and getting sunlight, I really don’t want to take a different med after this one. Hope I don’t.

I just went to look at my bottle, the Dr had said Welbutrin, but bottle says Bupropion XL. So maybe Smith Glaxo only gets a fraction of the reported cases? For their statistics?

February 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm
(166) marcos says:

guys am Marcos, from Spain , been depressed since I was 19, that was 20 years ago, have had at least 20 types of antidepressants over these years and finally last year had elontril (bupropion), and said,” oh my god I found it…am finally human and have energy”" which was my main problem, everything was amazing …..until my friends started telling me “dude you are getting bald”, I didn’t even realize it cause I was so happy in general , but when I looked closer, it was insane, I quit it 4 months ago and very very slowly it seems is getting a bit better but still have a very long way to go to have my beautiful curls back like before, what am trying to say is that don’t dough so one second that the reason why you are getting bald and your hair is so thin is only because Bupropion and no other reason, trust me I being stressed all my life had many antidepressants and never lost a hear before . now I think everybody agrees with me, now the question is , what the hell can you have instead that is like wellbutrin but it doesn’t get you bald.? I have not found anything but I wont stop until I find it . the only thing that have had similar positive effects for me as the wellbutrin is the very old imipramine , had it for 15 years and never had any side effects , any other suggestions?

March 11, 2014 at 1:08 pm
(167) Carol says:

Bupropion cause me alopecia aerata. It is a small bald patch, but I’m sure that bupropion was the cause. I stopped taking and it is getting better.

March 29, 2014 at 9:33 pm
(168) Connie says:

I am now positive my hair loss is/was caused by Wellbutrin. Initially, I believed that changing from generic to brand-necesary (after much research), was the answer. Not so! I stopped the WB (generic) 6 months ago, my hair had been growing back nicely but since I had some other scalp issues that were successfully treated by my astute dermatologist, I blamed that. I started the brand-necessary Wellbutrin again 4 months ago & now my hair is once again falling out! All blood tests, thyroid, etc. all negative. No genetic pre-disposition factor, so Wellbutrin is the culprit. Unfortunately, the manufacturer does NOT list hair loss as a possible side effect, yet at every turn in my research, I’ve found this to be the case in numerous incidences. Beware!

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