The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases defines sulfasalazine and it’s use in treating alopecia like this:

  • Sulfasalazine–A sulfa drug, sulfasalazine has been used as a treatment for different autoimmune disorders, including psoriasis. It acts on the immune system and has been used to some effect in patients with severe alopecia areata.

If you would like to read an article, written by a Dermatologist, about the uses of sulfasalazine in the treatment of alopecia areata, please visit our Research Department.

There are differing views on exactly how effective this treatment is. If you have experience with this treatment, whether positive or negative, please take a moment to share your review with those who are considering it for themselves or their family member.


  1. I have been on sulfasalazine for one month. I started at 500 mg 2x a day. The dose was just increased to 1000 mg 2x a day a few days ago. I have AU and have not seen any regrowth yet. I’ve only had AU since April of this year and it presented during pregnancy. I’m still breastfeeding which could factor in to the lack of hair growth so I intend to stop within the month to see if it changes anything. Other information to those of you seeking treatment: I also had no regrowth on DCP after 3 months. I will post again if I see any hair. I haven’t had any bad side affects on this treatment. I’ve had a few days where my stomach was unsettled but that’s it. Feel free to email me with questions or info 🙂
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  2. Good luck Caitlin! Really hope it does the job for you.

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