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Will I loose hair and how soon will it start, if I use these high dose pills ?

I was recently diagnosed with relapsing polychondritis and was put on a prednisone, methotrexate, folic acid cocktail . I am currently taking 6 pills , 2.5 mg each, once per week. I was told I could loose my hair . Reading through forums, I see that some people do loose most their hair, some loose none depending on the dosage. They refer to it as high dose . Compared to my dosage, will I loose my hair and how soon will it start?
Asked On : Fri, 3 Jun 2011
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Dermatologist 's  Response
methotrexate has effect on hair follicle and that lead to hair loss
hair loss start after 3-4 month of therapy and continue after 8 month of stopping drugs
it depend on hoe much dose u r taking
ur dose is 15 mg per wk,its ideal dose with low side effect and optimum efffect.
u have low chance of severe hair fall
Answered: Fri, 3 Jun 2011
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General & Family Physician Dr. Pragnesh Vachharajani's  Response
Hi,Jennifer,there is nothing to worry about.This are cytotoxic drugs they kill the disease cells ,along with this they affect the hair follicles so that you loose hair.The good part is that this effect is dose dependent and time dependent.Once the treatment is over,things will be back to normal.bye.
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