Was on mtx stopped due to multiple infections shingles,etc did not lose a single hair Switched to Arava and lost close to 3/4's of it but I have stayed on it only thing is the gi effects have become bothersome buy I never get sick or ever have infections on Arava and it helps with pain for the most part but its not halting the RA. Will I experience even more GI problems and hairloss on Xeljanz ? I don't think I could handle more hairloss sounds vain but it's the truth... If so does it happen like within a week or so or like the first day or two?? What's weird is I read people are taking it for alopecia, but people with RA lose hair on it. I am supposed to start it today but I am nervous. Feel like I'm jumping from the frying pan into the fire. Will these side effects occur immediately with Xeljanz or do they happen over several months? I know everyone has different reactions so I guess its a redundant question. I'm curious.
RA2012; here is the copy and paste of warnings Then as far as hair loss it is not even listed as a side effect but everyone is different and you never can tell what could happen with these types of medications. Sorry there is not more info about hair you well just have to watch and. see Hope this one is easier on you..okay here are the main warning.have a good day Chuck1957
You should not use Xeljanz if you have severe liver disease.
You should not use Xeljanz if you have a serious infection. Before you start treatment, your doctor may perform tests to make sure you do not have an infection.
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Serious and sometimes fatal infections may occur during treatment with Xeljanz. Stop using this medicine and call your doctor right away if you have signs of infection such as: fever, chills, sore throat, flu symptoms, sores or white patches in your mouth or throat, night sweats, stomach pain, diarrhea, weight loss, skin redness and swelling, or cough and chest pain.
Do not receive a "live" vaccine while using Xeljanz, and avoid coming into contact with anyone who has recently received a live vaccine. There is a chance that the virus could be passed on to you.
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