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#1 pjjordan

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 02:19 PM

I took 2-3 grams of Vitamin B5 for 10 Days to help my acne. After the 10th day I noticed hair shedding from my head. I stopped immediately. It has been almost a month since I stopped the B5 and the shedding has not stopped. My hair looks awful and very thin. Has anyone been able to stop the shedding and regrow their hair back? It is very depressing and ruining my life.

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 02:35 PM

Wow,that's way too much.

I've only ever taken 1 gram at most.

From what I hear,it will grow back.

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 02:41 PM

Yeah most I have taken is 400mg in a day. So you were taking 8-12 times my amount lmao. From what I have also read it grows back, but after like 3-6 months.

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 06:45 PM

Wow sorry to hear about your hair loss sad.gif sad.gif. It might regrow in the following months.

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 11:35 PM

Thanks for the replies. I have also read of experiences where people do not grow their hair back and it has remained thin and shedding for years. Does anyone have experience with hair loss and b5 or other suggestions? Thanks for the help.

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 11:24 AM

Hey ppjordan,

To compare to me, I used it for 3 months on a dose of 4-6gr a day. I've read people using b5in a dose of 10 grams for a year. So luckily for you, I think 10 days in that dose is too short to do real damage to your system.

But hair loss sucks I know. I also noticed hair loss so I stopped using b5. I experienced a prolonged hair loss (a couple of months) but I think it worked out alright now. I don't have the hair I used to but I account that to aging (I'm a guy) and best of all, my hair doesn't fall out and new (thick) hairs are growing again to join the army of lushy soldiers on the top of my head. A sight I didn't see in the months following the b5 drama.

At the time I thought it may've been caused by a biotin deficiency but I'm not sure now if that was the case. What I did was take a bit (not much, you should've learned now that overusing anything can lead to utter shit) of biotin supplements. I just think your body has to normalize again but maybe for your own peace of mind you can try it, just don't overdo it.

Also what I noticed is that if I wash my hair too much (every day with shampoo) it would be very dry also my scalp would become irritated. However, if I didn't do it that much (once or twice a week) it would become very greasy and the hairs that fall out have these ball-like sebum tips on the root. I also read somewhere that these sebum balls can cause hairs to fall out. What I do now and it seems to be working for me is buy an SLS free shampoo or at least a very natural shampoo. And work out and sweat a lot. Which is always good smile.gif.

Best of luck and if I don't reply just pm me.



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Posted 22 January 2011 - 11:32 PM

I used about 5 or 6 grams daily for a few weeks too, but i decided risking my hair for clear skin isn't a smart idea. I believe mega dosing on B5 causes a deficiency in other B vitamins such as biotin. If I were you I would buy a vitamin B complex (this has the major B vitamins in it) and take it at the recommended dosage (1 pill daily with food).

I am doubtful that 10 days of of only 2-3 grams would show much of any change but it's possible. Check your bottle of B5 and see what other ingredients are included. Is there anything else that you changed recently which might have helped make the B5 effect worse?

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 12:54 PM

QUOTE (pjjordan @ Jan 20 2011, 03:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I took 2-3 grams of Vitamin B5 for 10 Days to help my acne. After the 10th day I noticed hair shedding from my head. I stopped immediately. It has been almost a month since I stopped the B5 and the shedding has not stopped. My hair looks awful and very thin. Has anyone been able to stop the shedding and regrow their hair back? It is very depressing and ruining my life.


dude, may i know which brand b5 are you using so that i can help you out?...

first and foremost...most people that complain of hairloss when on b5-usually have mild acne to begin with...and is typically not caused by extremely oily skin.... like accutane.... those with severe acne do not lose hair cause they are able to rid the excess sebum that has once been blocking/clogging the folicles...
i can say this due to other peoples experince....

sometimes the brand can play a massive role... which brand b5 are you using..?

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 02:30 PM

The Brand I was taking was KAL Pantothenic Acid 1000mg Timed Release. The only other ingredient is calcium. I have very oily skin and have been on accutane before. I thought the side effects of B5 would be less adverse so I tried it out. My hair, scalp, and skin became oily again after I stopped the B5. But I did develop dandruff around the time I started losing hair and still have dandruff even though my scalp and hair are oily. Thanks for the help.

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 09:13 PM

QUOTE (pjjordan @ Jan 23 2011, 03:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The Brand I was taking was KAL Pantothenic Acid 1000mg Timed Release. The only other ingredient is calcium. I have very oily skin and have been on accutane before. I thought the side effects of B5 would be less adverse so I tried it out. My hair, scalp, and skin became oily again after I stopped the B5. But I did develop dandruff around the time I started losing hair and still have dandruff even though my scalp and hair are oily. Thanks for the help.



dude, its weird cause i just started out on KAL's 1000mg 3 times a day... anyways..... look...you just reirtarated my point.

you already have had hair loss when yr sclap was oily with dandruff....just like mine..... thats why we need to stop oil....... it is a proven fact that 99% of hair loss is by oily scalp.... and it is common sense that when yr hair is extremely dry....it will break.....

i ll give you an example... my mum has an oily face but dry scalp....my stepdad suffers from hairloss..... and he always tell her to stop using hairsprays and such cause he donts want her to lose her hair... but truth is..she uses like alot and it still doesnt fall because of dry scalp...!!!!..

maybe your hairloss is due to a transition...

but hey its yr choice...


And do you mind telling me whether you take the KAL's b5 on an empty stomach??????

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 09:15 PM

And btw...for yr info- dandruff is not due to dry scalp...its due to oily scalp....as ironic as it may sound...try looking up the internet...

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 07:15 PM

So I visited my dermatologist today regarding hair loss due to B5. He works at Tufts Medical Center in Boston with the Dermatology Department. His colleagues and him have seen many hair loss issues related to supplementing with all types of Vitamins.

The Department is aware of hair loss due to Vitamin B5. The cause of hair loss is actually Toxicity. They believe the toxicity is a result of a binding ingredient used in the Supplement that is not labeled on the bottle. They do not believe B5 is the actually cause of hair loss, but it may be. So when taken in high doses, your body becomes poisoned by the binding ingredient (or possibly B5) which causes TE (Telogen effluvium). TE is characterized by diffuse hair shedding. Generally, recovery is spontaneous and occurs within 6 months. My dermatologist said most people recover within 3-5 months, but there are a few cases where people do not recover. Mega-dosing for long periods of time increases the chances of non-recovery.

He explained that hair loss due to B5 (or the binding ingredient in the supplement) is not a Vitamin Deficiency! Therefore supplementing with Biotin or a B-Complex will not protect against the Hair Loss. Your body is poisoned and needs to naturally recover. The best ways he told me to recover are to exercise daily with lots of cardio (you need to sweat) and drink plenty of water. Supplementing with other vitamins, antioxidants, or oils will not stop or prevent the hair loss.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 07:17 PM

QUOTE (pjjordan @ Jan 26 2011, 08:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So I visited my dermatologist today regarding hair loss due to B5. He works at Tufts Medical Center in Boston with the Dermatology Department. His colleagues and him have seen many hair loss issues related to supplementing with all types of Vitamins.

The Department is aware of hair loss due to Vitamin B5. The cause of hair loss is actually Toxicity. They believe the toxicity is a result of a binding ingredient used in the Supplement that is not labeled on the bottle. They do not believe B5 is the actually cause of hair loss, but it may be. So when taken in high doses, your body becomes poisoned by the binding ingredient (or possibly B5) which causes TE (Telogen effluvium). TE is characterized by diffuse hair shedding. Generally, recovery is spontaneous and occurs within 6 months. My dermatologist said most people recover within 3-5 months, but there are a few cases where people do not recover. Mega-dosing for long periods of time increases the chances of non-recovery.

He explained that hair loss due to B5 (or the binding ingredient in the supplement) is not a Vitamin Deficiency! Therefore supplementing with Biotin or a B-Complex will not protect against the Hair Loss. Your body is poisoned and needs to naturally recover. The best ways he told me to recover are to exercise daily with lots of cardio (you need to sweat) and drink plenty of water. Supplementing with other vitamins, antioxidants, or oils will not stop or prevent the hair loss.


I would love to get a second opinion on this though. Doctors don't agree with each other on a lot of things lol.gif

Does sound quite interesting,though!

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 07:18 PM

Rebel, be careful with KAL's supplement. It includes an ingredient not listed that causes Toxicity which results in hair loss like what happened to me. It could also be the B5 so you never know. The Doctors are not sure but they know it poisons your body and causes hair loss (TE).

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 07:20 PM

I would like a second opinion too. But the entire Tufts Dermatology Department agrees on this and have work with many people dealing with the issue. I am very convinced.

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 06:15 AM

QUOTE (pjjordan @ Jan 26 2011, 08:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Rebel, be careful with KAL's supplement. It includes an ingredient not listed that causes Toxicity which results in hair loss like what happened to me. It could also be the B5 so you never know. The Doctors are not sure but they know it poisons your body and causes hair loss (TE).



hey man, interesting..... will definitely keep that in mind... and what are binders....are they the coating of pills etc or the gelatin capsule itself???

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 04:33 PM

QUOTE (Rebel1992 @ Jan 27 2011, 06:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (pjjordan @ Jan 26 2011, 08:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Rebel, be careful with KAL's supplement. It includes an ingredient not listed that causes Toxicity which results in hair loss like what happened to me. It could also be the B5 so you never know. The Doctors are not sure but they know it poisons your body and causes hair loss (TE).



hey man, interesting..... will definitely keep that in mind... and what are binders....are they the coating of pills etc or the gelatin capsule itself???


I am not sure what the binding ingredient is. The cause of hair loss could very well be the B5 as people who taken different brands, capsules, and pills have experienced hair loss. I would not take B5 if I were you.

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 08:55 AM

Hey pjjordan,
btw, when time released worked for you
did yu take em with food or without?
Thanks

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 06:37 PM

QUOTE (pjjordan @ Jan 27 2011, 05:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Rebel1992 @ Jan 27 2011, 06:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (pjjordan @ Jan 26 2011, 08:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Rebel, be careful with KAL's supplement. It includes an ingredient not listed that causes Toxicity which results in hair loss like what happened to me. It could also be the B5 so you never know. The Doctors are not sure but they know it poisons your body and causes hair loss (TE).



hey man, interesting..... will definitely keep that in mind... and what are binders....are they the coating of pills etc or the gelatin capsule itself???


I am not sure what the binding ingredient is. The cause of hair loss could very well be the B5 as people who taken different brands, capsules, and pills have experienced hair loss. I would not take B5 if I were you.



hey pjjordan,

My situation seems similar to yours. I took 3/4 mg of B5 to improve acne for about 3 weeks and experienced dramatic hair loss. My hair was thin to begin with so it has been very heart breaking. I have been reading up on TE and I think my whole body has been effected. Anyway I wanted to ask you how your doing, and whether you have had any positive results since January? Has your derm suggested anything else?


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Posted 05 August 2011 - 07:28 PM

Hi, I am very sorry to hear that you guys experience hair loss with B5 supplementing. I took B5(now up to 3 grams a day) for about a month and I don't notice any hair loss, instead my hair grow faster and thicker in short time. I don't know about the KAL brand but I took NOW pantothenic acid. The other ingredients listed are gelatin and magnesium stearate. Hope you find a solution for your hair loss =)