Arthritis Drug Surprisingly Helped People Regrow Hair

Two patients who suffered from alopecia universalis, a condition that causes hair loss on the entire body because their immune system attacks hair follicles, took the arthritis drug, tofacitinib, every day for two months and saw that some hair regrew on their scalp, eyebrows and underarms.

The researchers at Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil said that they followed the patients around for nine months and did not see any serious side effects. The researchers are hoping that this will spark interest and more studies will follow to look at the long-term side effects of using the drug.

Currently, it is not clear why patients with alopecia universalis lose their hair but by studying how tofacitinib works to reverse hair loss, scientist may better understand the process and refine hair loss treatments in the future.