Make sure to read all the comments to this post from people who have taken Dutasteride (Avodart) to treat their hair loss.
Dutasteride (Avodart) for Hair Loss
Dutasteride has not yet been officially approved to treat hair loss in the US or EU. However, it was approved for that purpose in South Korea in 2010, and in Japan in 2015.
Update: the US and EU were still holding off as of year-end 2019. It also seems like GlaxoSmithKline does not want to go through the approval process any more. They did do some clinical trials on Dutasteride and androgenetic alopecia. The results were published in 2018 and deemed a success.
In any event, the approval in South Korea and Japan is still a huge development. To date, only two drugs (Minoxidil in 1988 and Finasteride in 1997) have ever been approved by the US FDA to treat pattern hair loss. It has been over 20 years since the last approval of a drug to treat androgenetic alopecia!
Hair Growth Prospects and Side Effects
Based on many existing studies and anecdotal evidence, it is virtually guaranteed that Dutasteride will result in superior hair growth/regrowth in comparison to Finasteride. However, the former will also result in higher rates of side effects compared to the latter. 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. In most cases, such side effects are not permanent, although some people have seen permanent problems even after complete cessation of drug ingestion.
The big question is whether GSK will deem it worthwhile to produce and market Avodart for hair loss. Potential market and revenue prospects might not be sufficient enough to proceed. And they will also have to consider potential losses based on recent lawsuits against Merck regarding Propecia (Finasteride) side effects. Dutasteride will definitely have more people complaining of side effects in comparison to Finasteride.
Dutasteride for Hair Loss Reviews
In the meantime, rather than wait for the FDA and GSK, I have decided to write this post. 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 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 online hair loss forums went berserk with excitement.
I hope to see many testimonials and comments to this post in the coming years. I will try to only allow specific comments and concerns related to the drug itself. Including opinions about side effects, cost (including the cost of generic Dutasteride), dosage and so forth.
I hope that this post and your helpful Dutasteride for hair loss reviews ends up becoming extremely useful. On hair loss forums, Avodart related testimonials are either not broken out in a separate subcategory, or not updated regularly.
It should also be noted that balding older men who have taken Avodart to treat their enlarge prostates have sometimes noticed 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 hair in totally bald scalps is extremely difficult and akin to a miracle with weak existing treatments. Even when effective, current hair loss treatments usually only maintain hair. At best, they regrow only recently lost hair.
Dutasteride (Avodart) Reviews: Links of Interest
- Hairsite has some good sections on Dutasteride testimonials.
- Drugs.com reviews (all for BPH) have a few interesting ones regarding hair growth as a side effect.
- Webmd.com reviews (all for BPH) have a few interesting ones regarding hair growth as a side effect.
- Rxlist.com reviews (all or BPH) have a few interesting ones regarding hair growth as a side effect.
- Dutasteride and Finasteride dosage discussion.
Note: Dutasteride is not meant to be used by women who are planning to get pregnant.