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Review: could Mercaptopurine cause Hair loss?

Summary: Hair loss could be caused by Mercaptopurine, especially for people who are female, 10-19 old, also take Famotidine, and have Crohn's disease.

We study 5,710 people who have side effects while taking Mercaptopurine from FDA and social media. Among them, 44 have Hair loss. Find out below who they are, when they have Hair loss and more.

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Mercaptopurine

Mercaptopurine (latest outcomes from 5,811 users) has active ingredients of mercaptopurine. It is often used in crohn's disease.

Hair loss

Hair loss (latest reports from 226,693 patients) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, depression.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 5,702 people reported to have side effects when taking Mercaptopurine. Among them, 44 people (0.77%) have Hair Loss. They amount to 0.02% of all the 226,539 people who have Hair Loss on eHealthMe.

Trend of Hair loss in Mercaptopurine reports

Time on Mercaptopurine when people have Hair loss * :

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Gender of people who have Hair loss when taking Mercaptopurine * :

FemaleMale
Hair loss61.22%38.78%

Age of people who have Hair loss when taking Mercaptopurine * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Hair loss22.22%11.11%24.44%4.44%11.11%11.11%6.67%8.89%

Severity of Hair loss when taking Mercaptopurine ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Hair loss ** :

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Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Crohn's disease (19 people, 43.18%)
  2. Rash (10 people, 22.73%)
  3. Colitis ulcerative (9 people, 20.45%)
  4. Cryptococcosis (4 people, 9.09%)
  5. Diabetes mellitus (3 people, 6.82%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Famotidine (12 people, 27.27%)
  2. Dexamethasone (11 people, 25.00%)
  3. Methotrexate (11 people, 25.00%)
  4. Vincristine (11 people, 25.00%)
  5. Vancomycin (10 people, 22.73%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (5 days ago):

  • I was experiencing severe hair loss and exhaution with prior prescription Triamterene/ Hydrochlorothia Tab 75-50mg so doctor put me on Losartan and still seeing hair loss after a couple months.

    Reply

  • From this study (1 week ago):

  • More than 60% of hair fell out 3-4 on ths after treat. I had surgery the next daty and had to be out to sleep. Anesiesia is strong mixed wthe Re last

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  • From this study (2 weeks ago):

  • Over past 6+ years, hair has thinned by half.

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    help on Apr, 9, 2014:

    hair loss maybe due to thyroid issues?

    Reply

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  • What medications cause hair loss
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  • Has anyone had hair loss due to accutane that was taken 10 or so years ago?
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