Carbatrol and Hair Loss

Hair loss (known medically as alopecia) is a possible side effect of Carbatrol® (carbamazepine). However, hair loss is not among the most common Carbatrol side effects. The exact percentage of people who developed hair loss while taking the drug was not reported. Given how common hair loss is in the general population, it is difficult to say whether this is caused by Carbatrol, genetics, other factors, or a combination of these things.
If you experience bothersome hair loss while you are taking Carbatrol, talk with your healthcare provider. Depending on the severity of your hair loss, there are things that he or she may be able to do. If your symptoms continue to be bothersome, or if your healthcare provider believes that Carbatrol is causing your hair loss, he or she may recommend trying another treatment for trigeminal neuralgia or epilepsy.
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