Could arthritis medication cause a low white blood cell count?

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Could arthritis medication cause hair loss and a low white blood cell count?

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Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

Sure, certain types of arthritis treatments, especially the newer medications that work on keeping the immune system in check for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis, can definitely cause a low blood count. I would discuss this with your Rheumatologist, to see if an alternative treatment needs to be explored.