Hair loss on Azathioprine?

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flufumps
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   Posted 9/27/2009 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I started Azathioprine almost 6 weeks ago and have been suffering hair loss since around week 2, i was also on pred though but came off that 2 weeks ago. It doesn't seem to be slowing down though and i'd say i've lost about 50% of it already, although i'd noticed loads on the floor, in the bath and in the sink i only noticed how thin it had become a couple of days ago!
 
I'm starting to get really worried it's not going to stop falling out until it's all gone sad   Is there anything i can take to prevent it or at least to help it grow back? Does anyone know how long it normally lasts before it will stop falling out so much?
Symptoms started Aug 08
Diagnosed with pancolitis Feb 09
Tried - Mezavant, Asacol, Pentasa - Reacted badly to all
Finally off prednisolone and now trying Azathioprine


lucasJ
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   Posted 9/27/2009 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
sorry to hear it...are you male or female?.....i'm going through it too

Red_34
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   Posted 9/28/2009 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I have naturally thick hair so I didn't mind losing some of it when I started on 6mp. Yes I had ALOT of hairloss in the beginning but it slowed down around the 2 month mark and then it stopped falling out once my body got used to the med. I can only imagine if someone's hair is thin and then to have it fall out like that..........

Right now I am taking Biotin 5mgs (or 5000mcgs). I originally started taking it to help with deep horizontal ridges in my nails but then I noticed that it helped with my hair. It actually sped up my hair and nail growth. about 80% (this percentage may be wrong since I forgot what I read but it's in that ball park figure) of Biotin is produced in the large intestine. If you have constant D, it can deplete the body of Biotin which can result in the deep nail ridges and hair loss. With the proper levels of Biotin in the body, it can promote healthier hair, skin and nails.
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flufumps
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   Posted 9/28/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm female, i was on warfarin a couple of years ago and lost some hair with being on that and just recently my hair dresser had noticed how it had become thick and recovered nicely again and now this! This is much worse than that was though, will look into biotin though, is it ok to take on Azathioprine i presume? Thanks again!
Symptoms started Aug 08
Diagnosed with pancolitis Feb 09
Tried - Mezavant, Asacol, Pentasa - Reacted badly to all
Finally off prednisolone and now trying Azathioprine


Red_34
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   Posted 9/28/2009 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Absolutely you can take Biotin with Aza.
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Klee4917
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   Posted 9/28/2009 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on Aza for many years but just now have noticed my hair falling out.  My doc. told me today that hair loss is a side effect of the ulcerative colitis. 

Blue220
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   Posted 9/29/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I take the Biotin too. Helps A LOT. I have super fine and thin hair -- but I have a ton of it. When it started to fall out it wasn't good... Biotin has been working for me.
22 years old

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Mystceys17
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   Posted 7/6/2011 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a 21 year old female who was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis when i was 15. ive tryed every medication to treat my illness and so far and azathioprine seems to be working well. ive been taking it for 2 years now but i am just now experiencing  hair loss. my hair was already thin to begin with and i am now starting to bald.... i need to know if this will ever stop or if i need to stop the medication possibly bringing back my Myasthenia Gravis. 
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