rowasa enema and hair loss

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted Today 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
hello, i have been taking rowasa enema 4 to 5 times a day for the past 6 years. i stopped about 2 1/2 months ago because my UC has been under control. i noticed major hair loss and am not sure it has anything to do with this drug. i am 37 years old and female. my head has been itchy for the past week. anybody have similar symptoms or advice?

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted Today 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi alli,
I've had the hair loss and itchy scalp for a couple of months.  My med experience is not the same as yours, though.  I'm trying to reduce the number of asacol I'm taking and switching to rowasa.  Quincy asked some good questions that I hope will help me make a gradual med switch. 
Are you washing your hair the same as before or less frequently because you're afraid to see the hair loss?  That could effect the itchiness, especially if you're not washing it as often.  Also, you may be growing hair more rapidly and the new little hairs could be contributing to the itch.  Last, if you're on any form of prednisone, that can contribute to hair loss. 
Good luck!
Potato...  Female, 58, dx mild left sided ulcerative colitis 11/07
asacol 3 3x a day   asacol 2 3Xday
rowasa tapering to 2 x week
culturelle, citracell
Centrum, Vitamin E 400 mg
omeprazole 2x a day
oxazepam (anti anxiety) when needed

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted Today 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi..welcome to the forum.

I need clarification regarding how often you use the Rowasa...4 - 5 times a DAY? a WEEK? a MONTH?

Have you been on pred at all during the past year?

5ASA meds can cause haiross as can thyroid disorders, diarrhea, hormonal ups and downs..etc.

Have you discussed it with your doctor? Is your itching all over? only in one area?

Can you pull hair out by just running your hands through your hair or is it in the shower?

Are you taking vitamin B supplements? A mixed one would be good.

Are you on the pill? Did you recently stop?

Are you using any cholesterol meds?

What other supplements are you taking?

Have you recently changed shampoos?

Considering you've just started having the hairloss and the itchy scalp and have been on the 5ASA med for a long while but have recently "could" be, but there might be something else going on as well.

I'd hate for you to assume it's the most obvious and not look into other possibilities.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted Today 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   

hi quincy,

thank you for the reply. i have had the hairloss for 5 years. stopped the rowasa 2 1/2 months ago. stopped taking the pill 1 1/2 months ago. thyroid doing well. itchy on back of head. hairloss on scalp going towards back. rowasa first 3 years was 4 times a week. the next 2 years was about 2 times a week. no other meds in my system. will give vitamin b a shot :) thanks


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