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Generic Dutasteride Cost

The cost of generic dutasteride is drastically cheaper than the cost of brand name dutastride (Avodart).

Generic Dutasteride from Epic Pharma (via Humanwell PuraCap)
Generic Dutasteride manufactured by Humanwell PuraCap Pharmaceutical of China. Via Epic Pharma of the US.

Update: January 9, 2022 — Yesterday, for the first time ever, I purchased my generic dutasteride 0.5 mg using GoodRx. Please note that you can sort on their site by number of pills as well as branded versus generic. My cost for 90 pills was just $23.31 via Safeway (my closest pharmacy). This is a lot less than what one would pay with regular health insurance coverage (see table at bottom — not updated recently). I get my prescription from Medical Wellness Center.

In the past, I used to go to Costco, but I ended my membership there last year. GoodRx will save you 95 percent of the cost of your pills (or capsules) if you do not have any health insurance. The product I purchased was made in China (see image on right) via Epic Pharma and its local partner Humanwell PuraCap Pharmaceutical. In the past, I have purchased my generic dutasteride from various other company names, including Breckenridge, Apotex and Camber.

Generic Dutasteride Price

After I wrote a post on the cost of generic finasteride last year, I received several requests to write one on the cost of generic dutasteride. However, the reason for my not being able to do that right away was because the patent for Avodart (the original brand name dutasteride that is made by GlaxoSmithKline) only ran out late last year. It took a few more months before generic Avodart became readily available.

Low-Cost Generic Dutasteride.
Generic Dutasteride. Far less costly than brand name Avodart.

Note that dutasteride is only approved to treat hair loss in South Korea and Japan as of the time of writing this post. In the US and EU, it is approved to treat enlarged prostates, but not yet for hair loss. I am optimistic that this situation will change in the next several years, but no guarantees. Edit: No longer optimistic.

As I have mentioned many times on this blog before, dutasteride (see positive and negative reviews and testimonials) is likely to give substantially superior results in comparison to finasteride when it comes to treating hair loss. But at the same time, likely to cause more frequent side effects.

Do your research carefully before deciding to proceed with such a strong drug and always discuss taking it with your doctor before proceeding.  In rare cases, it seems like the side effects from both finasteride and dutasteride can be permanent.

GoodRx Discounts

Note that various online sites now offer coupons for drug purchases if you are buying them with cash and not paying via insurance. Perhaps the most popular one is GoodRx, which has coupons for numerous drugs, including for dutasteride. For those not in the US, feel free to provide your country’s prices and discount options in the comments to this post.

Note: Prices and brands at the same pharmacy chains may vary by US state. Also keep in mind that many stores may price match or have internal savings plans.

Generic Dutasteride Cost Table

Country of manufacture entries in the below table could be off and I have not tried to go through product brochure attachments on company websites for now to try to find out.

Teva Pharmaceuticals is headquartered in Israel, but a pharmacist told me that their generic dutasteride was made in the US. The Breckenridge Pharmaceuticals website says it is based in the US, but a Costco employee told me that the packaging on their generic dutasteride says its made in New Zealand.

Amneal Pharmaceuticals website says that 95 percent of its products are made in the US and 5 percent are made in India. GSK is headquartered in the UK, but it seems like the company’s Avodart is made in the US. Please let me know country of manufacture if you purchase any of the below and find errors in my table.

Pharmacy NameAvodart (0.5 mg) — 30 pillsCompany Name (Country of Manufacture)Generic Dutasteride (0.5 mg) — 30 pillsCompany Name (Country of Manufacture)
Costco$190GSK (US)$21Breckenridge
Pharmaceuticals (New Zealand)
CVS (Target now seems to house CVS)$207GSK (US)$172Teva Pharmaceuticals (US/Israel)
Rite Aid$222GSK (US)$173Amneal Pharmaceuticals (US)
Safeway$232GSK (US)$203Amneal Pharmaceuticals (US)
Sam’s Club$190GSK (US)$100Teva Pharmaceuticals (US/Israel)
Walgreens$206GSK (US)$182Amneal Pharmaceuticals (US)
Walmart$195GSK (US)$157Teva Pharmaceuticals (US/Israel)

Are Generic Hair Loss Drugs Effective?

Before continuing, make sure to read the almost 400 comments in the Avodart and Dutasteride for hair loss reviews page. Also note that as of 2019, dutasteride has still only been officially approved to treat hair loss in South Korea and Japan.

Generic Hair Loss Drugs Much Cheaper

In 2015, I published an article about the highly varying cost of generic finasteride depending on brand and store. Nevertheless, even the most expensive generic finasteride is a lot cheaper than Propecia (the original patented brand name finasteride for hair loss) or Proscar (original finasteride for enlarged prostate treatment). Donald Trump recommends Propecia over cheaper generics.

In 2016, I published a similar article on the wide range of prices of generic dutasteride depending on brand and store. Nevertheless, even the costliest generic dutasteride is a lot cheaper than Avodart (the original patented brand name dutasteride). Ashton Kutcher prefers the expensive Avodart over cheaper generics.

Generic hair loss drugs such as the above are often 10 or more times cheaper than brand name ones. The positive impact on your savings is especially amplified when it comes to the much more expensive Avodart versus cheaper “generic Avodart” (i.e., dutasteride).

The vast majority of hair loss suffers seem to prefer generics over brand name products. And most of them make their purchases online, often via sketchy offshore based websites.

Not all Generic Dutasteride Versions the Same

Dutasteride from Breckenridge Pharmaceutical (Australia and USA).
My favorite: Generic Dutasteride from Breckenridge.

My Experiences

For what must be at least 4 years, I have been taking generic dutasteride 0.5 mg once every two days to treat my hair loss. Half the recommended daily frequency in the hopes of reducing the chances of side effects.

It is one of only two medications that I have ever taken for more than a week in my life. Both for hair growth purposes. The other one was generic finasteride, which I took for over 5 years prior to switching.

It took me a while to shift from generic finasteride to generic dutasteride. The latter grows more hair than the former, but has at least modestly higher rates of side effects. I found both phenomena to be true from my experiences during the past four years.

When I first started taking generic dutasteride, I was taking the drug sold by a US based company named Breckenridge Pharmaceutical. The actual product (see photo above) was manufactured by Douglas Manufacturing (New Zealand).

I had superb result with this brand of dutasteride. However, perhaps some of the positive effects could have been due to the fact that the first time you use dutasteride almost always give the best spurt in hair growth. I also got no side effects from the Breckenridge product.

Some of the comments in the earlier linked Avodart and dutasteride reviews post also praised this particular brand. Unfortunately, Costco and Walgreens both stopped offering this Breckenridge brand several years ago.

Generic Dutasteride (Apotex -- Canada).
Apotex Brand Generic Dutasteride.

I then switched to generic dutasteride made by Apotex (Canada/US). The actual product (photo on left) was made by Accuaps (Canada). The Apotex founder, billionaire Barry Sherman, was renowned across Canada. Sadly, him and his wife were murdered in 2017 in what remains an unsolved mystery.

I do not remember much about this product’s positive and negative effects since I only used it for half a year. A short time after I had my prescription filled, both Costco and Walgreens switched to a new brand yet again.

Generic Dutasteride from Epic Pharma (via Humanwell PuraCap)
Generic Dutasteride manufactured by Humanwell PuraCap Pharmaceutical of China. Via Epic Pharma of the US.

The latest brand that I have been taking for the past 1.5 years or so is sold by Camber Pharmaceuticals (US) and manufactured by Ascent Pharmaceuticals (US). Photo further below on the right.

Update: January 2022 — I recently purchased generic Dutasteride using GoodRx (after I did not renew my Costco membership). The price was just $23 for 90 0.5mg pills, and the product was made in China via Epic Pharma (US)’s local contract partner Humanwell Puracap.

Side Effects

This brand seems to cause me forehead acne every month, often leaving scars that last for many months. I never had bad acne before, even during my teenage years. I also think that the hair growth from the Breckenridge brand generic dutasteride was significantly better. Although, again, this could be due to the “first time almost always being the best” when you start a new hair loss drug.

Camber Pharmaceuticals (Ascent Pharmaceuticals) Generic Dutasteride.
Camber Pharmaceuticals Generic Dutasteride.

Unfortunately, I also think that this powerful testosterone, estrogen and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) hormone altering drug has made me gain some weight (perhaps 10-15 lbs). And it has likely also caused some gynecomastia (male breast tissue enlargement) as a side effect.

However, this could also at least partly be due to the fact that I am not too far from hitting middle age. I am also less active then I was five years ago. Hard to tell what portion of blame falls on medication; age; and lifestyle.

I think that my prior finasteride usage also caused some gynecomastia and body fat increase. See my related post on finasteride and its impact on testosterone and estrogen.

I am not sure that I can blame any particular version of generic dutasteride for the weight gain. It does seem like the worst of the gyno has happened since I started taking the Camber version, although I am not 100 percent certain. I did not take regular body dimension measurements each time I switched drugs.

Despite the above side effects, I am certain that all versions of generic dutasteride that I have tried have helped me at the very least maintain my existing hair.

Generic Drugs are not Identical to Brand name Originals

Based on my varied experiences using the same product made by different manufacturers, I did some more research on generic drugs. I have become skeptical about the quality of some of these products.

It seems like generics are not entirely identical to brand name originals. And they are also not identical to other generics. They are supposed to have the same active ingredients and be “bioequivalent” per US FDA regulations. However, inactive ingredients can and do differ significantly depending on compounding.

Moreover, even the bioequivalence regulation allows for a 20 percent variance between the generic and original formula. In actuality, the variance is 4 percent, although this is an average. You can only hope that you are not one of the exceptions to the average.

Of more concern, some generics are increasingly made in Israel, India and other countries outside the western world. There is a dark side to this, especially when it comes to oversight in developing countries.

Most Likely, Fears Overblown

Ultimately, despite the cautious tone of this post, I would say that most generic hair loss drugs are safe and equally as effective as brand name drugs. The only time you should really worry is if you starts getting strange side effects that you never get with prior brands of the same drug.

As always, the best solution is to just shave your head and never take any of these drugs in the first place! I refuse to take the more sensible option and accept the consequences.