Alopecia (young people)
Alopecia treatments: immunosuppressant tablets
In addition to corticosteroids, there are other immunosuppressant drugs which can be used for alopecia areata. Some examples of these are cyclosporine, methotrexate and azathioprine. Emma was prescribed methotrexate tablets by her dermatologist who knew it was being researched as a treatment for alopecia areata. She took methotrexate once a week for a year and went for regular blood tests. Taking methotrexate had an impact on Emma because she couldn’t drink alcohol while taking the medicine and she felt run-down.