Review: could Plaquenil cause Hair loss?
(By eHealthMe on Mar, 7, 2014)
Severity ratings: 2.3/4
On a scale of 1 to 4: 1=least, 2=moderate, 3=severe, 4=most severe
We study 14,633 people who take Plaquenil. Among them, 241 have Hair loss. See who they are, when they have Hair loss and more. This review is based on reports from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.
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Plaquenil (latest outcomes from 15,409 users) has active ingredients of hydroxychloroquine sulfate. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus. Commonly reported side effects of Plaquenil include nausea, nausea aggravated, fatigue, joint pain, pain.
Hair loss (latest reports from 223,331 patients) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, depression.
On Mar, 7, 2014: 14,633 people reported to have side effects when taking Plaquenil. Among them, 241 people (1.65%) have Hair Loss.
Time on Plaquenil when people have Hair loss * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Hair loss||25.00%||16.67%||12.50%||12.50%||12.50%||16.67%||4.17% |
Gender of people who have Hair loss when taking Plaquenil * :
|Hair loss||89.67%||10.33% |
Age of people who have Hair loss when taking Plaquenil * :
|Hair loss||0.00%||0.00%||0.98%||6.37%||12.25%||21.08%||30.39%||28.92% |
Severity of Hair loss when taking Plaquenil ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Hair loss||12.50%||50.00%||31.25%||6.25% |
How people recovered from Hair loss ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Hair loss||0.00%||14.29%||85.71% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Rheumatoid arthritis (72 people, 29.88%)
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (30 people, 12.45%)
- Osteoporosis (17 people, 7.05%)
- Arthritis (16 people, 6.64%)
- Skin ulcer (9 people, 3.73%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Methotrexate (60 people, 24.90%)
- Enbrel (54 people, 22.41%)
- Prednisone (42 people, 17.43%)
- Fosamax (33 people, 13.69%)
- Folic acid (28 people, 11.62%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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