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Hair loss on head
Sep 21, 2012

I was recently diagnosed with HIV which I've probably had for many years. I am losing patches of hair on my head. I haven't started treatment yet but will in 2 weeks. I also have had Shingles for 1 year and have been taking Doxycycline Hyclate and Gabapentin. I looked up side effects on these drugs but they didn't indicate hair loss. Any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Thank You

Response from Dr. Henry

I dont have any personal experience clearly with either doxycycline or gabapentin causing hair loss in the setting of HIV infection. If any readers knows of a reference or even anecdotal report please post. Hair loss is a common problem with many potentional non-HIV contributing factors (including local infections, lupus, hormone problems, iron defiency and many others). KH



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