Hair Loss Medication
Dutasteride is the active ingredient on the medication Avodart. An alternative to Finasteride; the 0.5mg capsule is taken daily to treat male pattern baldness (MPB).
It was originally developed to treat prostate enlargement and is chemically similar to Finasteride. In clinical trails Dutasteride has been shown to be more effective in treating MPB.
It inhibits 5-Alpha Reductase, an enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The main difference between Finasteride and Dutasteride is that the latter inhibits both type I and type II of this enzyme, making Dutasteride more effective.
The medication Dutasteride was developed and first licensed in 1996 for the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH, or prostate enlargement). Most people are more familiar with Finasteride as a treatment for Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) because it has been around since the 1980’s and FDA approved in 1997 for MPB.
Dutasteride is currently only FDA approved for BPH. Trials are ongoing and the future looks bright for this Finasteride alternative as a more effective treatment for male pattern baldness.
This medication is only suitable for men.
You should take one capsule daily, with or without food. Taking more of this medication will not increase its effectiveness.
Patients usually start to see the benefits of Dutasteride after 6 months. Usually after this period the hair will start to become thicker. It is advisable to take photos of your head and areas affected by loss during this period to truly assess the improvement achieved.
The side effects; though rare, are the same as for users of Finasteride.
If you experience any side effects stop taking and contact your GP or pharmacist for advice.
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