Off label use of an arthritis drug grows hair…
huh? Off-Label Arthritis Drug Treatment Helped
Yale Patient Grow Hair CBS News reported that Yale University researchers
say a patient with almost no hair grew a full head of hair after off-label treatment with
an arthritis drug. Assistant professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine Dr.
Brett King called the treatment of the patient with what’s known as alopecia universalis
“a huge step forward,” even though they have tried it successfully on only one patient
so far. The 25-year-old patient has grown eyebrows
and eyelashes as well as facial hair and hair elsewhere on his body. He had been referred
to Yale Dermatology for treatment of psoriasis, not the baldness. Dr. King says they treated
both the psoriasis and the alopecia with an existing FDA-approved drug for rheumatoid
arthritis called tofacitinib citrate. He grew a full head of hair with no reported side
effects in eight months. Comment: My bald patients with rheumatoid
arthritis have been clamoring for this treatment.