If you currently take or have in the past 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 or are planning to get pregnant.
I have written about Dutasteride (brand name Avodart — approved by the FDA in 2002 to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia) many times before on this blog. 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 around 2010), there is a small chance that this could happen in 2015 (Update: this did happen in Japan, but the US and EU were still holding off as of year-end 2015). This would be a huge development, since to date, only two drugs (Minoxidil in 1988 and Finasteride in 1997) have 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.
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 (the drug was first approved 12 years ago in 2002 to treat enlarged prostates).
I hope to see many comments (preferably, Dutasteride related testimonials) to this post in the coming years. I will allow specific comments and concerns about the drug itself related to its side effects, cost (including generic dutasteride), dosage and so forth. I hope 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.
Links of Interest
- Hairsite has some good sections on Dutasteride testimonials, but that forum has always been somewhat disjointed.
- 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.