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Old 11-23-2011, 03:30 PM
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Biotin for hair strength/growth??

Has anyone here ever taken Biotin, the vitamin supplement for hair strength/growth??

I have autoimmune disease and started taking Methotrexate, which is a very strong medication for my my disease. Methotrexate is also used in cancer patients as a form of chemotherapy. Since I started taking this medication (about 4 months now) I have been noticing that my hair is thinner than it used to be. I also take folic acid pills to help with the side effects of the Methotrexate. I told my doctor that I am still very concerned about my hair thinning and want to do anything I can so that it does not thin out much more.. He told me to take Biotin 5000 mcg daily. After researching Biotin online I read a lot of stuff that it can cause cystic acne and hair growth in other places I don't want hair growth!!

Has anyone ever taken this before?? If yes, what has your experience been? Or can anyone recommend anything else I can take/do to help my hair grow??
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:53 PM
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I used this for my hair with decent results. I'm not taking it now that I'm pregnant and taking a prenatal vitamin, but I'll start taking it again after baby comes.

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Old 11-23-2011, 08:31 PM
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So sorry to hear this, Jess. Do you have RA? Methotrexate is a nasty drug Anyway, I would look for hair growth formulas that are specifically applied to the scalp if you want to avoid hair growth in other ereas of the body. I would think anything taken PO would cause growth all over, IMO.

Maybe look into something like this

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Old 11-23-2011, 09:03 PM
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My mom and I both take Biotin and neither of us have had any problems with it. She takes it because her hair is thinning, but I take it because ,in addition to being good for your hair, it is also good for your nails, and I've been biting mine since I can remember.

So I'd say it's worth a shot. Neither of us has experienced any of the negative side effects you mentioned.
One of my friends actually takes pre-natal vitamins for her hair and says the results are amazing.
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