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.
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
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
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 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.
- Methotrexate Information for Consumers
- Methotrexate Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Methotrexate (detailed)
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