JAK Inhibitor Tofacitinib for Alopecia Areata
The London Skin and Hair Clinic is one of the few clinics in the UK offering the JAK Inhibitor Tofacitinib under Dermatologist supervision for the treatment of alopecia areata. This biologic treatment is new and highly effective in treating this condition
What is JAK Inhibitor Treatment For Alopecia Areata?
JAK inhibitors (Janus kinase inhibitors) may represent an effective and safe treatment for the management of alopecia areata. These medications which were used for treating conditions such as psoriasis and arthritis were found to achieve a response in patients who also suffered from alopecia areata. An increasing number of studies have demonstrated the efficacy of these medications in treating alopecia areata.
At a Glance
- Guide Price: Medication from £600 per month
- Frequency: Oral medication taken twice daily for a period of 6 to 10 months
- Risk: headaches to cold-like symptoms and rarely infections, blood clots, and lymphoma.
- Aftercare: Minimal
What is involved in JAK Inhibitor Tofacitinib for Alopecia Areata?
Patients require a consultation with our Medical Director Dr Martin Wade, a Dermatologist who specialises in hair loss and scalp conditions. Dr Wade will confirm the diagnosis of alopecia areata and the suitability of treatment with JAK inhibitors. The medication takes the form of oral tablets which are taken on a daily basis. Response time for the treatment takes on average 3-6 months.
What are the risks and side effects?
Side effects of JAK inhibitors include stomach upset, chest and skin infections and potential issues with the liver function, Mild skin and upper respiratory tract infections. Patients receiving these medications require close medical supervision.
What aftercare is required?
We recommend a review consultation with Dr Martin Wade after 3 months and again at 6 months, and then every 6 months.
What is the cost?
Patients require an initial consultation with Dr Martin Wade, and follow-up consultations. Medication is available through our on-site dispensary and we can discuss medication prices as part of the consultation process.
Is there any preparation needed?
There is no preparation for commencing treatment.