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08-23-2010, 03:38 AM   #1
meardonna
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pentasa and hair loss anyone?

Hi i'm on pentasa 2 tablets 3 times a day. Although its not workng and i have a hospital appointment tomorrow. The problem is my hair is falling out, i read in the information that this is a possible side effect of pentasa. anyone else had this? or cold it just be the disease and the flare-up putting strain on my body?? If you have had it any suggestions on what to do to limit it?desperatley need a new look although I really do not suit short hair
08-23-2010, 06:30 AM   #2
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Sorry to hear about your hair. I take a similar amount and I think my hairloss has increased but a man just chalked it up as a cruel effect of ageing. Now might be the time to have some fun with hats I went through a hat phase but I not a hat person
08-26-2010, 07:16 AM   #3
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I have hair loss, but it started before I was put on pentasa and actually slowed after I started taking it. Now I am off of pentasa and have increased hair loss again. I don't lose huge clumps or anything just three times as much in the drain when I shower. I think it is just part of the disease. When I tell my dr. he really doesn't have anything to say about it.
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08-26-2010, 07:27 AM   #4
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Hiya Donna

I've been on Pentasa for 5 years, and also have hair loss, but I don't believe it's the meds, I believe it's a Crohnie thang!
there are loads of threads on this subject, here's one

http://www.crohnsforum.com/showthread.php?t=2209

this is an old one about Aza.
My hair falls out, but it quickly grows back, it's just one of those things, part of the immune system process
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08-26-2010, 10:47 AM   #5
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I gotta agree with Astra. Most Crohnnies seem to have thin hair and hair that falls out a lot. I remember the first time I noticed when someone took a photo while I was leaning over looking at a map and you could see my scalp reflected in the flash of the photo. I was depressed for ages.

Now, I just don't look!

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09-01-2010, 06:15 PM   #6
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I have been on Pentasa for 7 years, and I have a spot in front and general thinning all around. I think it's a Crohnie thing. Right now I'm trying Bosley system for women from my hair stylist. I have been doing it for 2 1/2 months and I see new hair in front, but the spots still there. They say it takes 3-6 months to see for sure. I figured it was worth a try. But, I can say for sure my eyebrows and lashes are thicker?!? which is a good thing.
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