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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Pharmacy and Medications
Arimidex and Increlex - Growth Failure
Our 14 years and 6 months old son has been placed on increlex and arimidex for growth failure. He has experienced some hairloss (thinning and receding) and we would like to know if this is a temporary or permanent side effect of arimidex.
The thinning and receding is linked to anastrozole (Arimidex®) and involves alteration of hormone levels in your son. I am unable to find any specific information regarding hair thinning in this indication; however, anastrozole is also used to treat specific types of breast cancer. There are several breast cancer support websites that suggest the thinning is reversible after stopping anastrozole. In the meantime, these same sites suggest using mild shampoos (such as a baby shampoo) and soft brushes, and avoiding any dyes or hair sprays.
Michael Ganio, PharmD
Clinical Applications Pharmacist
Wexner Medical Center
The Ohio State University