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Int J Trichology. 2019 Nov-Dec;11(6):236-237. doi: 10.4103/ijt.ijt_101_19.

Diffuse Alopecia Areata Associated with Weight-Loss Pills.

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Skingroup, Private Dermatology Practice, San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
General practitioner, San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.


Alopecia associated with ingestion of amphetamines has been reported occasionally. These drugs may act as a triggering factor to develop diffuse alopecia. We present a case of alopecia areata possibly linked to the ingestion of amphetamines. This case may provide evidence that amphetamines can also be a cause of alopecia areata in susceptible individuals. We intend to awaken an interest in the medication history of patients presenting with sudden diffuse alopecia areata.


Alopecia; alopecia areata; amphetamines; medication-induced alopecia; weight loss

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