Dutasteride can be used off-label for the treatment of male and female pattern hair loss. It has been shown in studies to be more effective than finasteride when given at a dose of 2.5 mg daily.
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About the Procedure
The primary indication for dutasteride is to treat urinary retention issues and enlarged prostates. However, the drug works by inhibiting both type I and type II 5a- reductase—which are most known for conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT shrinks hair follicles and its presence is a known cause of balding. Other medications for hair restoration include tofacitinib, which is primarily used as a treatment for arthritis. All dutasteride doses tested (0.05, 0.1, 0.5, 2.5 mg) and finasteride 5 mg were significantly better than placebo, but only dutasteride at a 2.5 mg daily dose showed statistically greater hair counts compared to finasteride. Typically, 1 dose is taken per day orally. Results can take anywhere between 3-6 months to show.
The goal of dutasteride is to reverse the early stages of hair loss created by thinning hair, bald spots and receding hairlines.
What to Expect
Dutasteride can be used off-label for the treatment of male and female pattern hair loss. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after hair loss treatment with Dutasteride.
No special measures need to be taken before treatment.
Dutasteride 2.5 mg tablets are typically taken once daily to treat hair loss. Take medication as prescribed.
Dutasteride is a medication taken in pill form and requires no recovery period.
The ideal candidate for dutasteride is in the early stages of hair loss.
Not Recommended For
Dutasteride is not recommended for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or with childbearing potential.
Side effects from dutasteride may include impotence, loss of interest in sex, trouble having an orgasm, abnormal ejaculation, swelling or tenderness in the breasts, and changes in mood.