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AUBAGIO® (teriflunomide) is a prescription medicine used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.

Do not take AUBAGIO if you have severe liver problems, are pregnant or of childbearing potential and not using effective birth control, have had an allergic reaction to AUBAGIO or leflunomide, or are taking a medicine called leflunomide for rheumatoid arthritis. View IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION.

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AUBAGIO & You > Styling tips to minimize the appearance of hair thinning

Styling tips to minimize the appearance of hair thinning


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Get helpful tips for the appearance of hair thinning or loss.

It’s normal to be concerned about possible hair thinning or loss—a possible side effect of taking AUBAGIO.

If you experience hair thinning or loss, it may be helpful to know that it’s usually temporary.1

You can learn more about the science behind hair thinning or loss with this short overview.

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If you experience hair thinning or loss, there are some styling tricks you can use that may help you minimize the appearance.

Get some volume from your shampoo2
volume can make your hair look fuller—which might help hide some thinning or loss. There are two kinds of shampoos that might help your hair get a little more volume.

  • Thickening shampoos can give your hair a little boost by coating them in protein- or collagen-based ingredients.
  • Volumizing shampoos can make hair appear fuller. Volumizing shampoos are more lightweight and don’t weight the hair down.

Go light on the conditioner2
If you want to condition your hair, seek out conditioners that are designed for fine hair. It will be lighter on your hair and won’t weigh it down as much. It’s also recommended that you avoid using conditioner on your roots and scalp; try to apply it only to the ends of your hair.

Avoid over-handling wet hair
Wet hair breaks more easily when it’s handled.3

  • You may want to let wet hair air-dry or dry by wrapping it in a towel.
  • You should also avoid brushing or combing wet hair as much as possible.
  • Blow-drying or styling hair once it’s partially or more fully dry can help avoid excessive hair-breakage.

Bring the heat down
Do you use a flat-iron, curling iron, or other high-heat product to style your hair? High heat can increase hair breakage. Avoid using them frequently and keep the heat set at a low or medium setting.

Pressed powders can conceal thinning on the scalp4
Today, there are pressed powders—similar to eye shadows—that are designed to conceal the scalp. They come in a variety of shades designed to match a variety of hair color. You may want to use these in areas where you think thinning is more visible.

Keratin fibers can thicken the appearance of hair4
Keratin hair fibers are made with keratin protein that is found in human hair. These microfibers have a strong natural static charge that helps it adhere to human hair and make it look fuller.

Ready for a new hairstyle?
Some haircuts can help make your hair look fuller. You may want to speak with an experienced hair stylist and see if there’s a style that can work for you.

Want more tips and tricks?
Watch this Quick Tip handling hair-loss video.

Quick Tip

Aubagio & You

Handling Hair Loss

Some AUBAGIO users may experience temporary hair thinning or loss during therapy. Here are a few coping tips as you wait it out.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Do not take AUBAGIO if you have severe liver problems. AUBAGIO may cause serious liver problems, including liver failure that can be life-threatening and may require a liver transplant. View More

INDICATION

AUBAGIO® (teriflunomide) is a prescription medicine used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

DO NOT TAKE AUBAGIO IF YOU:
  • Have severe liver problems. AUBAGIO may cause serious liver problems, including liver failure that can be life-threatening and may require a liver transplant. Your risk may be higher if you already have liver problems or take other medicines that affect your liver. Your healthcare provider should do blood tests to check your liver within 6 months before you start AUBAGIO and monthly for 6 months after starting AUBAGIO. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you develop any of these symptoms of liver problems: nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, tiredness, yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes, or dark urine.
  • Are pregnant. AUBAGIO may harm an unborn baby. You should have a pregnancy test before starting AUBAGIO. After stopping AUBAGIO, continue to use effective birth control until you have made sure your blood levels of AUBAGIO are lowered. If you become pregnant while taking AUBAGIO or within 2 years after stopping, tell your healthcare provider right away and enroll in the AUBAGIO Pregnancy Registry at 1-800-745-4447, option 2.
  • Are of childbearing potential and not using effective birth control.

    It is not known if AUBAGIO passes into breast milk. Your healthcare provider can help you decide if you should take AUBAGIO or breastfeed — you should not do both at the same time.

    If you are a man whose partner plans to become pregnant, you should stop taking AUBAGIO and talk with your healthcare provider about reducing the levels of AUBAGIO in your blood. If your partner does not plan to become pregnant, use effective birth control while taking AUBAGIO.

  • Have had an allergic reaction to AUBAGIO or a medicine called leflunomide.
  • Take a medicine called leflunomide for rheumatoid arthritis.

AUBAGIO may stay in your blood for up to 2 years after you stop taking it. Your healthcare provider can prescribe a medicine that can remove AUBAGIO from your blood quickly.

Before taking AUBAGIO, talk with your healthcare provider if you have: liver or kidney problems; a fever or infection, or if you are unable to fight infections; numbness or tingling in your hands or feet that is different from your MS symptoms; diabetes; serious skin problems when taking other medicines; breathing problems; or high blood pressure. Your healthcare provider will check your blood cell count and TB test before you start AUBAGIO. Talk with your healthcare provider if you take or are planning to take other medicines (especially medicines for treating cancer or controlling your immune system), over-the-counter medicines, vitamins or herbal supplements.

AUBAGIO may cause serious side effects. Tell your doctor if you have any of the following:

  • decreases in white blood cell count — this may cause you to have more infections. Symptoms include fever, tiredness, body aches, chills, nausea, or vomiting. Patients with low white blood cell count should not receive certain vaccinations during AUBAGIO treatment and 6 months after.
  • allergic reactions such as difficulty breathing, itching, or swelling on any part of your body including lips, eyes, throat, or tongue. Stop taking AUBAGIO and call your doctor right away.
  • serious skin reactions that may lead to death. Stop taking AUBAGIO if you have rash or redness and peeling, mouth sores or blisters.
  • other allergic reactions that may affect different parts of the body. If you have a fever or rash in combination with severe muscle pain, swollen lymph glands, swelling of your face, unusual bruising or bleeding, weakness or tiredness, or yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes, stop taking AUBAGIO and call your doctor right away.
  • numbness or tingling in your hands or feet that is different from your MS symptoms
  • high blood pressure
  • breathing problems (new or worsening) — these may be serious and lead to death

The most common side effects when taking AUBAGIO include: headache; diarrhea; nausea; hair thinning or loss; and abnormal liver test results. These are not all the side effects of AUBAGIO. Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you.

Consult your healthcare provider if you have questions about your health or any medications you may be taking, including AUBAGIO.

Please click here for full Prescribing Information, including boxed WARNING and Medication Guide.

References

1. Hendin Travis, Okai, A, et al. Real-World Observational Evaluation of Hair Thinning in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis Receiving Teriflunomide: Is It an Issue in Clinical Practice? Neurol Ther (2018) 7; 341-347.

2. Hair Loss in New Moms. American Academy of Dermatology. https://www.aad.org/public/skin-hair-nails/hair-care/hair-loss-in-new-moms accessed on 05/04/19.

3. Hair Styling without Damage. American Academy of Dermatology. https://www.aad.org/public/skin-hair-nails/hair-care/hair-styling-without-damage accessed on 05/04/19.

4. Hair Care Products Can Deliver the Goods For Thinning And Textured Hair. American Academy of Dermatology. August, 2010. https://www.aad.org/media/news-releases/hair-care-products-can-deliver-the-goods-for-thinning-and-textured-hair accessed on 05/04/19.