What helps with hair loss while taking methotrexate. Everyday my brush and shirt are full of hair?
Question posted by Gray Hare on 16 July 2012
Last updated on 8 March 2022 by NurseForDogs
I've been taking Methotrexate for 11 years but only recently noticed an increased amount of hair loss. Granted, my dosage has increasingly gone up over the years but this, the hair loss, has increased exponentially. I take Biotin 10,000 twice a day. It's done wonders for my nails BUT... not much to slow down the hair loss. Definitely can't hurt for you to try it. Also make sure you are on Folic Acid daily while on methotrexate. Methotrexate is a form of chemo, so to speak. So, I guess it just comes with the territory. Rogaine is insanely expensive but also another option to try. I just heard that you CAN'T ever go off of it. Not certain how credible/accurate that information truly is but definitely get the correct information regarding that.
WISH I had better news or tips for you but it's the best I got!! I've debating going off the methotrexate because I don't really feel like it's doing much FOR me in regards to my R/A. I HAVE stopped it before, just to get vaccinated and so my body CAN build the necessary antibodies. And, frankly, I DIDN'T notice any changes in my R/A symptoms!! I'm OFF it currently now, for my boosters. So, I just might stay off of it!! Best of luck to you!!! But definitely add the Biotin to your dailies!! You'll have gorgeous, stronger nails and better growth!! If nothing else. I swear by it.
I will be watching this site to see if anyone comes up with something. I have long hair and I too might have to cut it because my hair has thinned out so much. I take 8 Mx every Sunday evening. My doctor has just started me on Leucovorin. Thank you to all who have responded.
Not really sure! I was taking MTX for a while on and off, but my hair is still falling out even tho I'm currently not taking MTX!! I'm worried but I'm hopeful! I'm gonna start w my diet and I go back in January to the doctors. I'm psoriasis is coming back and I've only been off MTX for about 4 months. I can hardly walk and I'm only 34. I have 2 teenaged children who try buy they are teenaged! Good luck everyone!
I've been taking weekly oral doses of MTX for a cutaneous lymphoma for 14 years. My thinning hair led me to make an appointment with my dermatologist for next week. He is talking about prescribing topical Rogaine. I'll keep the group updated. Nikki
I also suffered from severe hair loss while taking mtx. My hair was long and very full prior to treatment, and became thin with obvious sparse spots and very unhealthy. I decided to bite the bullet and chop it off. I cut it quite short, and during the growing out time period it returned to its former health. I am still on mtx, but I think that after time our system is able to adapt to it somewhat. Although its scary and annoying, my experience was that time and patience were all I could give. Good luck!!! Fingers are crossed for you!! Meghan
Hair loss is an unwanted side effect of methotrexate. There is no specific treatment to prevent hair loss. Some suggest taking leucovorin (a form of folic acid) 8-12 hours after methotrexate may decrease this potential side effect. You will need to see your doctor for Leucovorin.
The good news is once the medication is discontinued, or with time, the shedding will gradually resolve.
- Methotrexate uses and safety info
- Methotrexate information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Methotrexate (detailed)
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