6MP & Hair Loss

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Date Joined Sep 2011
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   Posted 2/25/2012 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Question regarding 6MP and hair loss. I've definitely been losing clumps of hair while on 6MP and my pony tail has definitely decreased significantly in width. Does it ever stop? I'm only on 25mg, but I guess it's enough to make the hair come flying out. I'm also on Alpurinol and not sure if that is causing it as well. Obviously I'll take thinner hair over colits but it definitely sucks and is kind of embarrassing to have my hair EVERYWHERE, all over my house, my clothes, etc. Ai yai yai!

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   Posted 2/25/2012 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
     Yep, happened to me too.  Try using Nioxin shampoo and conditioner.  I purchased it at the hairdresser.  Penney's salon also carries it.

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Date Joined Feb 2012
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   Posted 2/25/2012 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on 6MP for only a few days before it put me in the hospital for 4 days with pancreatitis. I've heard about people losing their hair on this drug though, that stinks :(

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Date Joined Jan 2012
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   Posted 3/17/2012 11:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I lost quite a bit of hair on 6mp. When my gi took me off it, it took awhile to fill in but eventually did. Hang in there, uc is rough.
Uc diagnosed in 2002
I have taken pretty much every medicine out there
Had my j-pouch surgery on 1-18-12

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   Posted 3/18/2012 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
i have noticed that my hair thinned, but i was on prednisone, 6mp, remicade, cipro, flagyl, prilosec, and zofran all at once. i am thinking that one or the combination of these medications had everything to do with it. the main thing that helped is that i got 10 inches cut off. when it was longer, it was more noticeable that it was very thin. now that it's up to my chin, it looks fuller and i can curl it to add some body.
current meds: remicade every 8 weeks- not working at all.

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Date Joined Mar 2012
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   Posted 3/19/2012 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I lost a lot of hair when I was on 6MP. Every time I shampooed I would collect a handful of hair. Blood work later revealed that my liver tests were pretty bad b/c my body was metabolizing 6MP at an exponential rate. As a result, I had to switch from 6MP to Azathioprine + Allopurinol. After the switch, my liver recovered and the hair loss diminished substantially. Upon reflection I wondered if the hair loss was not solely 6MP induced, but as a result of a liver that was sickly.
Lialda (4.8 g), Azathioprine, Allopurinol, Mesalamine enemas

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Date Joined Oct 2011
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   Posted 3/19/2012 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I was recently put on 6mp also as I was recently diagnosed with UC. I read here on another thread to take Biotin. I have been doing that and not washing my hair every day as I used to. I am still shedding, but it's at a minimum. I always collect it when I wash it anyway.

The liver disease is interesting to know. I'll have to ask about that as I had some funky LFT's before......

I am also taking Apriso which also has a side effect of hair loss as do most of the mesalmines.

Good luck,
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