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Tainted drug turns babies into 'werewolves'

By T.K. Randall
August 27, 2019 · Comment icon 20 comments

'Werewolf syndrome' causes excessive hair growth. Image Credit: CC BY 4.0 Wellcome Collection gallery
A medical blunder has resulted in more than a dozen babies developing 'werewolf syndrome' in Spain.
The bizarre accident reportedly happened when a special preparation of the acid reflux drug omeprazole became inadvertently contaminated with minoxidil - a drug used to treat baldness.

Omeprazole is usually taken by adults in capsule form, but because young children are unable to swallow the capsules it has to be made into a special syrup.

The babies who took the contaminated medicine ended up exhibiting the symptoms of hypertrichosis or "werewolf syndrome" which is characterized by abnormal hair growth all over the body.
So far there have been 16 reported cases and 22 batches of the drug have since been recalled.

Fortunately however the condition has disappeared in those who have stopped taking it.

Health authorities have appealed for anyone with excessive hair growth to visit their doctor.

Source: Newsweek | Comments (20)

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Comment icon #11 Posted by Nnicolette 4 years ago
Nonsense! I've always had one. But I am a bit Scottish too 
Comment icon #12 Posted by Desertrat56 4 years ago
Oh, well, I have some scottish dna, as well as irish and english and some random other stuff.  Maybe it is the irish because my mother's family is mostly hairless and my dad's family has the scots behind them.  My mom only got one hair on her lip her whole life even when she quit taking the prescribed hormones.
Comment icon #13 Posted by SecretSanta 4 years ago
I’ve always had one but it is getting darker and somewhat thicker now that I’m getting older. I also have thick eyebrows. I’ve told my kids that if I’m ever unable to pluck and wax they better do it for me because if I die with a unibrow and mustache I’m coming back to haunt them.  No Scottish blood here, Polish and Irish. 
Comment icon #14 Posted by SecretSanta 4 years ago
Some babies suffer from really bad reflux and they’re miserable. 
Comment icon #15 Posted by Antnanna 4 years ago
What a hairy situation.
Comment icon #16 Posted by MissJatti 4 years ago
How old is this incident??? because.......
Comment icon #17 Posted by Impedancer 4 years ago
The only positive with this is that you will stay warm during the winter and you can tie your hair with the thing you got in your ass to keep a good posture.  :-)
Comment icon #18 Posted by Farmer77 4 years ago
  Nah the real positive  is that its only happening to babies. I take omeprezole  every day
Comment icon #19 Posted by SmartAZ 4 years ago
But you are bonkers if you think a vaccine might not be reliable.
Comment icon #20 Posted by DanL 2 years ago
Bummer, I take it every day for blood pressure and I still don't have hair on my chest and don't have enough whiskers to grow a decent beard. I'm 6'2" and 220 lbs. Maybe if I had started taking it sooner I would have a better beard. Maybe it only works on little people.

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