Tofacitinib Citrate, an arthritis drug, has re-grown all the hairs of a person suffering with Alopecia Universalis. It is a disease in which a person becomes hairless and no hair is left on face, chest, armpits, etc. However, this drug has helped one person in recovering his hair.
Yale University conducted this study, which later got published in Journal of Investigative Dermatology. Dr. Brett A. King, an assistant professor at Yale University, and a senior author of this study, said, “The results are exactly what we hoped for.” Furthermore, this is just the first time that a person has been successfully treated with Alopecia Universalis. The trials conducted earlier did not show enduring effects in this disease.
King said, “This is a huge step forward in the treatment of patients with this condition. While it’s one case, we anticipated the successful treatment of this man based on our current understanding of the disease and the drug. We believe the same results will be duplicated in other patients, and we plan to try.”
Moreover, the patient has Plaque Psoriasis in addition to Alopecia universalis. He initially started with a dose of 10 mg for about two months, and then later shifted to 15 mg dose for three months. Taking the drug on a regular basis helped him completely regrow his eyelashes, eyebrows, scalp hair, facial and armpit hair.
According to King, the drug must have opposed the attack of immune system on hair follicles, and later started the hair regrowth.