avonex and hair loss

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avonex and hair loss

Postby jasonc » Mon Nov 08, 2004 9:22 am

I've been taking Avonex for about a year now, and i've noticed my hair has begun to thin out quite significantly. Does anyone know how to stop this without stopping the interferon?

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Postby carolsue » Mon Nov 08, 2004 8:02 pm

I noticed similar hair thinning on Rebif. I started supplementing with Vitamin E and Selenium. Can't say I noticed any difference or not.

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Re: avonex and hair loss

Postby HarryZ » Tue Nov 09, 2004 7:22 am


Hair loss, although not common, is a possible side-effect of Avonex. You can read about all the possible side-effects of this drug by going to this site:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/drug ... 03537.html

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Postby jasonc » Thu Nov 18, 2004 5:10 am

Actually my doctor said that NOTHING could be done :roll:
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Postby seelie » Sat Nov 20, 2004 5:59 am

Ayuup Ayuup -

Was first noticed by my hair dresser, then my wife... then me.... Men are always the last to know (or acknowledge hair loss)...

Supposedly baldness is a sign of virility for men - but prolly not when it's interferon induced......

I've switched to Rebif now - and expect more (less) of the same. I'm not especially worried about it... but if I were of feminie persuasion, I would likely be more concerned.

If it's bald and walking around or a full head of hair in a wheelchair... I think this is a no brainer...

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Postby kareng7 » Fri May 06, 2005 6:33 pm

Just followed an interesting line of research about thyroid problems and MS--since thryoid runs in my family. I found a study that says up to 24% of the people on interferon 1-a and 1-b develop hypothyroidism within the first year of treatment. Hypothyroidism can cause hair loss.

This study suggests you get tested if you're using interferon.

http://jcem.endojournals.org/cgi/conten ... 004-2326v1
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Postby BeckyLA » Sat May 07, 2005 12:17 pm

I've always shed quite a bit of hair, but lately it seems I'm loosing more. I've only been on Rebif for about 4 1/2 months, so I guess It might be awhile before I know for sure, but that would suck. A 24 yar-old woman going bald?
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Postby wintergirl » Mon Jun 27, 2005 10:58 pm

I did experience hair thinning/loss around the 5 or 6 month of using Avonex. I was lucky that I started out with a ton of hair to begin with I guess. Anyway.....it settled down and I can honestly say that after using Avonex for almost 5 years now.....I have just as much hair as before I started.
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