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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Regarding COVID19, we are working with selected COVID-protected facilities who have now reopened. These clinics have started a phased return model for a new normal with various safety measures in place including a limited number of procedures, reduced footfall through the clinic and enhanced PPE for staff. On the day, you will be asked to complete a COVID questionnaire and have your temperature taken on entry, as well as being asked to wash your hands. You will be asked to wear a face mask so that theoretically you are protected and you protect staff members in case anyone happens to be positive whilst asymptomatic.
Surgery Group have adopted guidelines from the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery for use in all clinics taking into account UK law and each clinic has completed a COVID19 risk assessment of the patient journey through the clinic and taken steps to minimise risk, and we hope that by doing so, the risk of contracting coronavirus is significantly less than your weekly supermarket shop, however, it is not possible to guarantee that the risk of catching it is zero, such as in the nature of the virus.
To be clear, the government’s advice for the time being remains to stay at home unless you need to leave the house for one of 4 reasons including “any medical need” –
Without specific national guidance on hair transplant clinics, we deem it safe to offer the service in a limited capacity with the measures we have taken, but it is up to you to decide if leaving the house to attend a hair transplant clinic constitutes a “medical need”.