Imuran and hair loss

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cap'n colitis
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   Posted 11/15/2007 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I just started Imuran, and I read that one of the side-effects is "mild hair loss". I have experienced a little of this already. Nothing truly major; I'm not noticing any thinning... yet, but I'm definitely seeing some hair fall out.
I know everyone is different. Is anyone else on Imuran? if so, what dose and have you lost any hair? how much? How about other side effects? I had blood drawn yesterday and experienced the "easy bruising" side effect. My left arm looks like it belongs to a junkie! The place where they stuck the needle in is black and blue, but I also have small, hickey-looking bruises from when I peeled the tape and cotton off. the tape must ahve pulled the blood to the surface..Crazy. Never had that hapen before..

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   Posted 11/15/2007 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
You will definitely have increased bruising. I look like I'm in an abusive relationship most days! Some folks have hair loss. I haven't noticed that myself in the six years I've been on the drug.

Good luck!

Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri

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   Posted 11/15/2007 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I've only been on it 4 days but I'd swear I saw an increase in hair falling out the first day. Now I'm wondering how much hair usually fell out and I didn't notice b/c I wasn't on a drug that I knew would make it fall out. :P
dx 4/05 with pancolitis UC after birth of my second child...
18 months of vit e enema and scd remission
Flare since 7/07...almost to surgery, now almost well through mostly natural stuff
Trying to make up the difference with...
Lialda 4/day... I don't know, 3 months maybe?
Remicade 10/26, 11/09, next 12/3
Imuran 50mg at night 11/11
Been there, tried that....

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   Posted 11/16/2007 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
the hair on my legs has pretty much stopped growing, but the hair on my head seems ok.......not sure why but hope that does not change. I don't think my hair is growing as fast on my head though it's hard to tell. I have not lost any noticeable hair yet, I have fine hair but have a lot of it and have been taking 800mg of folic acid a day. I have heard Nioxin (sp?) can help w/thickening of hair, maybe help disguise losing hair?
Beth, 32
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 150mg 1xday nightly;Hydrocortisone e's tapering, Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 80mg 2xday. Potassium 600mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.

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   Posted 11/16/2007 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
My hair isn't falling out at all. In fact I think its growing faster. I now bruise more than ever though.
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, Rowasa every other night, 15 mg pred. until immuran kicks in...
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---bumped to 100mg 10/8/07--bumped to 125 11/14/07
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea

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   Posted 11/16/2007 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on it 7 months and thought I at first noticed some thinning of hair, but I think it was all in my mind.  If there was some, it has stopped.  I also haven't noticed increase in bruising, and I play contact sports somewhat frequently.  As with everything, it affects us all differently.

Dx Left-sided UC Dec. 2006
Azathioprine 150mg/day
Prednisone 2.5mg/day- back up to 7.5 (trying to taper-started at 60 6/1)
Lialda 4/day
Multivitamin, B complex vit., fish oil, calcium, fiber supplement, probiotic

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