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Alopecia Areata And Naproxen Sodium (aleve)

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Okay. As a few of you may know, i've recently discovered my little hair loss problem and i'm trying to get as much info as possible. Anyway, my sister sent me a link to a website (not sure the validity of the site's info) but on that site it makes a claim that certain prescription strength drugs can trigger alopecia areata. One on the list is naproxen...Prescription strength aleve, which I have taken off and on for years for chronic headaches. I also take aleve like it is going out of style. Anyway, has anyone else heard of a link between hair loss and naproxen? Or it just bogus?
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replied August 24th, 2005
Re: Alopecia Areata And Naproxen Sodium (aleve)
ginginhi wrote:
okay. As a few of you may know, i've recently discovered my little hair loss problem and i'm trying to get as much info as possible. Anyway, my sister sent me a link to a website (not sure the validity of the site's info) but on that site it makes a claim that certain prescription strength drugs can trigger alopecia areata. One on the list is naproxen...Prescription strength aleve, which I have taken off and on for years for chronic headaches. I also take aleve like it is going out of style. Anyway, has anyone else heard of a link between hair loss and naproxen? Or it just bogus?
yes<in fact, my daughter is taking aleve like crazy for headaches. She is only 15. She lost over half her head of gorgeous hair in a month. I totally stopped the drug and decided to take her to a headache specialist instead.
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replied January 17th, 2012
Alopecia and Naproxen
Once you stopped taking this medication did your hair grow back? I have been taking Naprosyn for about a month now for a wrist injury and have since developed large bald patches. The Dr I saw said that it alopecia and that it has nothing to do with medication, but everything I have been reading says otherwise! I am nervous that even if I stop the Naprosyn that my hair will continue to fall out and that it will not grow back Sad
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replied August 24th, 2005
Thanks Margy Jo
Thanks for your feedback. I gave up the aleve too just in case, but it was a underactive thyroid that was causing my hair loss. If stopping the aleve doesn't work for her, encourage your daughter to have her thyroid levels checked. I had no other symptoms but the hair loss and no history in my family for hypothyroidism, so it was a shock to me. So I encourage she have it checked if the hair loss continues. I too had severe headaches in my teens, but they've gotten better in the past 5 years (i'm 24 now).
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replied August 24th, 2005
Re: Thanks Margy Jo
ginginhi wrote:
thanks for your feedback. I gave up the aleve too just in case, but it was a underactive thyroid that was causing my hair loss. If stopping the aleve doesn't work for her, encourage your daughter to have her thyroid levels checked. I had no other symptoms but the hair loss and no history in my family for hypothyroidism, so it was a shock to me. So I encourage she have it checked if the hair loss continues. I too had severe headaches in my teens, but they've gotten better in the past 5 years (i'm 24 now).
great! Its always good to find the source of the problem and thank you for the idea of getting the thyroid check. We did that already a week ago and the test came back that her levels are ok. I am sure I will be living at the doctors again trying to figure this out. Headaches scare me because my I lost my father when he was only 46 due to a brain stem hemmorage, and he complained of those severe headaches.....Thanks again. Have a great day!!!
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replied August 26th, 2005
Glad Thyroid Is Ok
Its good to hear her thyroid levels were okay. I will be praying that you'll find out the cause/source of the headaches and for healing for your daughter. 15 is a tough age to have to live with that much pain. And the hair loss is like a bonus worry. It can kill your self-esteem. I am fortunate that my hair loss did not progress any further than it did. I hope for the best for both of you.
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