If you have ever taken Dutasteride (Avodart) to treat your hair loss, please leave a detailed testimonial in the comments to this post in order to help others.
Note: Dutasteride is not meant to be used by women who are planning to get pregnant.
I have written about Dutasteride (brand name Avodart) many times before on this blog. It was approved by the FDA in 2002 to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostates). Although the drug has not yet been officially approved to treat hair loss in the US or EU (it was approved for that purpose in South Korea in 2010 and in Japan in 2015), there is a small chance that this could happen in 2015 or 2016 (Update: while this did happen in Japan, the US and EU were still holding off as of year-end 2016). This would be a huge development, since to date, only two drugs (Minoxidil in 1988 and Finasteride in 1997) have ever been approved by the US FDA for treating hair loss. It has been almost 20 years since the last approval of a drug to treat hair loss!
Based on many existing studies as well as anecdotal forum evidence, it is virtually guaranteed that Dutasteride will result in superior hair growth/regrowth in comparison to Finasteride for most people, but will also result in higher rates of side effects. However, these higher rates of side effects are unlikely to be drastic enough for the FDA to deny GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) permission to market Dutasteride for hair loss. One 2013 article that reviewed numerous recent Finasteride and Dutasteride related studies suggests a 5-9 percent chance of erectile dysfunction. I assume that such side effects are probably not permanent. The big question is whether GSK will deem it worthwhile to produce and market Dutasteride for hair loss after analyzing potential for losses based on recent lawsuits against Merck regarding Propecia side effects. Makes me a bit pessimistic although the news from Japan after I wrote this post makes me optimistic.
In the meantime, rather than wait for the FDA and GSK to make their moves, I have decided to write this post in which I hope to see comments from people who have tried to use Avodart to treat hair loss. Success and failure testimonials are both welcome. By now, there must surely be well over 100,000 men around the world who have used Avodart off-label to try to regrow hair (when the drug was first approved in 2002 to treat enlarged prostates, people on hair loss forums went beserk and were more than willing to try using it to regrow hair).
I hope to see many testimonials/comments to this post in the coming years. I will allow specific comments and concerns related to the drug itself, such as side effects, cost (including the cost of generic dutasteride), dosage and so forth. I hope that this post, due to the helpful comments/testimonials from you readers, ends up becoming one of the 5 most useful ones of all time on this blog. On most hair loss forums, Avodart/Dutasteride related testimonials are either not broken out in a separate subcategory, or are not updated regularly.
It should be noted that older men who have taken Avodart to treat their enlarge prostates have sometimes noticed some hair regrowth in areas of their scalps that have been totally barren for many decades. You can read some of these testimonials in several of the below links. Regrowing long-lost hair is extremely difficult and akin to a miracle with existing treatments (which are only good at maintaining your hair and, at best, regrowing recently lost hair).
Links of Interest
- Hairsite has some good sections on Dutasteride testimonials.
- Drugs.com Dutasteride (Avodart) reviews (all for BPH) have a few interesting ones regarding hair growth as a side effect.
- Webmd.com Dutasteride (Avodart) reviews (all for BPH) have a few interesting ones regarding hair growth as a side effect.
- Rxlist.com Dutasteride (Avodart) reviews (all or BPH) have a few interesting ones regarding hair growth as a side effect.