Tecfidera side effect: hair loss?

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Tecfidera side effect: hair loss?

Postby rancholulu » Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:21 am

I have been experiencing a major increase in the amount of hair that I naturally lose from washing hair/brushing hair. It started a few weeks ago but seems to be gradually getting worse. My thyroid levels are good and haven't had any crazy changes...so I'm assuming this is a side effect of Tecfidera. I haven't seen a lot of other people experiencing the same thing on this particular medication though. Luckily I had really thick hair to begin with, but it's thinning out...yikes!
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Re: Tecfidera side effect: hair loss?

Postby rancholulu » Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:26 pm

Just to update, I emailed my MS Specialist and he said "It should not be from the Tecfidera." So I guess you're off the hook for now, little Teccy!!! I was told to see my internist.
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Re: Tecfidera side effect: hair loss?

Postby Anonymoose » Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:24 pm

Hi ranch,

A while back ladymac posted she had become severely anemic on tecfidera. That could cause hair loss. You might want to have iron and ferritin levels tested.

Hth!
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Re: Tecfidera side effect: hair loss?

Postby rancholulu » Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:39 pm

Thanks so much, Anonymoose...I just made an appointment with my primary physician...hopefully we'll figure it out next week. I will keep the forum informed! :)
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Re: Tecfidera side effect: hair loss?

Postby rancholulu » Wed Sep 03, 2014 1:22 pm

Just to update- my primary physician said my blood test came back indicating my testosterone level is on the high side of normal for a female, so he's prescribing something to lower that level a bit. Hopefully that will correct my hair loss issue. My thyroid was "perfect" he said, and B12 and D were good too.
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