what to do about hair loss from MTX

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   Posted 10/21/2007 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I got folic acid (1 mg) and nioxin anything else?
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   Posted 10/22/2007 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I use 5 mg of folic acid and Biotin ( a vitamin) Good Luck
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   Posted 10/22/2007 7:16 AM (GMT -6)   
OK I have tried to get this reply in twice! I would watch your fat intake too. I have found that when I go VERY low on fat ingestion, my hair loss increases. I usually reduce fats a lot when I am not feeling well and many days of low fat have shown more hair in the shower. I am guessing that with meds induced hair loss, the fat intake may not be as strong an issue, but anything helps :-)
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   Posted 10/22/2007 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried taking Biotin? I know some folks use the Folic Acid along with the Biotin and have some success with that. I can't tolerate either of them so the MTX is out for me at this point. My Rheumy wanted me to try it without the Folic Acid, but the hair loss concerns me too much. Good Luck!
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   Posted 10/22/2007 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,I am no longer on methotrexate but when I was I noticed that my hair was coming out so my GI put me on Folic Acid and told me to take fish oile like omega 3 and about three months on Folic Acid and the Omega 3 my hair stoped coming out.So you might want to add the Omega 3 and see if that helps you.

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   Posted 10/23/2007 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I do take the Folic acid 5 mgs daily BUT never tried adding the Omega 3 to the mix .......

I am willing to try anything at this point I am losing my hair like crazy .........

I can run fingers thru it and lots comes out .........shower is always full from hair loss too ..........

Thanks Curley will give it ( omega3 ) a go

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