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Review: could Plaquenil cause Hair loss?

Summary: Hair loss is found among people who take Plaquenil, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Methotrexate, and have Rheumatoid arthritis.

We study 14,723 people who have side effects while taking Plaquenil from FDA and social media. Among them, 244 have Hair loss. Find out below who they are, when they have Hair loss and more.

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Plaquenil

Plaquenil has active ingredients of hydroxychloroquine sulfate. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis. (latest outcomes from 15,539 Plaquenil users)

Hair loss

Hair loss has been reported by people with high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, depression. (latest reports from 42,662 Hair loss patients)

On Jan, 25, 2015: 14,723 people reported to have side effects when taking Plaquenil. Among them, 244 people (1.66%) have Hair Loss.

Trend of Hair loss in Plaquenil reports

Time on Plaquenil when people have Hair loss * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Hair loss23.08%15.38%11.54%15.38%11.54%19.23%3.85%

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

FemaleMale
Hair loss89.80%10.20%

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

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Hair loss0.00%0.00%0.97%6.28%12.56%21.26%30.43%28.50%

Severity of Hair loss when taking Plaquenil ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Hair loss10.53%47.37%36.84%5.26%

How people recovered from Hair loss ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Hair loss0.00%11.11%88.89%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis (75 people, 30.74%)
  2. Systemic lupus erythematosus (30 people, 12.30%)
  3. Osteoporosis (17 people, 6.97%)
  4. Arthritis (16 people, 6.56%)
  5. Skin ulcer (9 people, 3.69%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Methotrexate (61 people, 25.00%)
  2. Enbrel (55 people, 22.54%)
  3. Prednisone (42 people, 17.21%)
  4. Fosamax (33 people, 13.52%)
  5. Folic acid (28 people, 11.48%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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    if the drug plaquenil which is being taken for skin lupus is causing acopecia as a side effect, is it something that will go away after the 6 month treatment or get worse. it seems one condition causes another, unless it is just a coincidence that acopecia came at the same time of taking plaquenil. Anybody have any experience in this area.

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