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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:31 pm 
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I have been taking Subs for about 2 years and noticed my hair is getting thin.

I know from online research that Alopecia is a side effect that effects approximately 2% of Suboxone users, but my question is, has anyone had their hair grow back after quitting or lowering their dose? If so, what was your dosage when you noticed hair regrowth and how long did it take you to notice it.

This is very distressing, and I am really hoping it will grow back.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:56 pm 
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Just use nioxin shampoo and conditioner, you'll see new growth in two weeks. No, I don't work for the company, I'm a stylist and use it myself

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 4:32 pm 
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Curious-- where did you find that 2% statistic? Send me the article reference if you don't mind.

I've had patients who suffered from alopecia, but never from buprenorphine. Of course buprenorphine gets blamed for most symptoms people develop while taking the medication; add any bit of stigma to ANY medication and it quickly becomes an explanation for every bizarre symptom. Alopecial is a very frustrating symptom because the actual hair loss occurs weeks after the precipitant. So a person will be exposed to something, or go through an episode of extreme stress, and when the hair starts falling weeks later the precipitant has been forgotten.

I don't mean to challenge you on the facts, but I read so much nonsense about buprenorphine 'getting in your bones', 'causing the worst possible withdrawal symptoms', 'destroying teeth'... all of which are nonsense. So I want to make sure that buprenorphine HAS been linked to alopecia before getting too wrapped up in treatment options.


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Hi Pugmommy,

What is in the nioxin shampoo that makes hair grow back? I trust your input and will take the advice although my age and genetics play an awful large roll. If it does any good that would be a godsend.

Glad to see you back on the forum again too!

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I had never experienced any such problem. But my colleague faced the problem of hair loss. She used Hair beauty supply online products to regain her lost hair. A survey shows that Vitamin H is essential to prevent hair loss. This vitamin is present in meat, nuts, and eggs. This is said to stop hair fall extensively.


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I'll have patient experience hair loss from time to time-- some who are on buprenorphine and some who aren't. It is a frightening and frustrating problem, expecially for women. The hair loss in my patients usually occurs after severe stress, and it usually grows back after a few months. One problem is that the actual loss of hair can occur a month or more after the stressor! So something happens to cause hair loss, and the hair starts to thin a month later, when the person no longer remembers what may have caused it.

I haven't tried the products mentioned (just look at my head-- obviously!!). But I will suggest them to my patients the next time the issue comes up!


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I'm doing better than you Doc. My grandfather was a bald eagle so I assumed my fate would be the same. It's thin but still there. I've never tried any of the hair products. Genetics will win in the end anyway.

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