Dutasteride (Avodart) Hair Growth Success and Failure Stories

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.

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. 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 Dutasteride for hair loss after analyzing potential revenue prospects (as well as potential losses based on recent lawsuits against Merck regarding Propecia side effects).

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 berserk with excitement 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 hair loss forums, Avodart/Dutasteride related testimonials are usually 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, when effective, usually only maintain your hair and, at best, regrow only recently lost hair).

Links of Interest

Note: Dutasteride is not meant to be used by women who are planning to get pregnant.

277 thoughts on “Dutasteride (Avodart) Hair Growth Success and Failure Stories”

  1. I am now at 3.5 months and very happy I made the switch from fin to dut. Shedding has gone way down and a couple days ago my wife commented on my hair looking thicker. I’m seeing little hairs becoming terminal at the hairline where it was bare before. If this keeps up, I’d be extremely happy by month 6. No sides except for the initial sore left chest area which went away after 1 week. The initial shed was scary but now i know it was a good sign. Fin did not do anything for me. I’m still using minox 5%.

  2. I am finding it impossible to order Dutas to Canada. Can anyone help? I used to order from India and an amazing price but customs nom longer allow them through. Thanks

  3. Hi All,

    Started Avodart 2 months ago and I am growing hair back to the front and it’s really working!

    I’ve had no major side effects but have started to grow more body hair (never really had any chest or stomach hair) and also more facial hair (always patchy and hardly ever had a moustache).
    Only issue I do have is that my penis has shrunk although remains unchanged when erect so I can live with that!

    Very happy as I took Propecia for years and had minimal gains and also changed my state of mind. I became a real a55hole and never really knew it but my family did and hence I came off it.

    I guess the problem is that as human beings were all different and hence why are results are different!

    I’m very happy with my results after 2 months will keep updating


  4. Tried generic dutasteride in an intermittent fashion for 3 months (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) before switching to a regular dosage. The regular dosage increased by libido initially and have me a crazy shed where my diffuse hair got even worse. I decided to take the plunge and shave it off. Continued with the regular dosage for seven months without any noticeable change and then switched back to generic finasteride. Added topical finasteride alongwith oral a few months ago followed by generic dutasteride for 3 days in a week. Noticed remarkable gains and at 31, I seem to have turned back the clock. Hair looks thick and full like it were pre-hair loss. Now, while wet, some thinning is still noticeable but my hair loss is more or less a non issue at this point.

    I also follow a strict diet and exercise regimen. In my opinion lifestyle changes coupled with the right medication can do wonders.

    1. @Lionel, when you went back to generic dutasteride 3day/wk at the end, were you still taking oral finasteride everyday? If so, would you say combination of oral finasteride and dutasteride is what works best?

  5. Hey guys. I’m planning to switch from fin to dut. What is the optimal dose and frequency of taking the drug? Appreciate it if someone gives their insight. Thanks.

  6. I’m 63, NW6. I can live with baldness though I’d rather not.In that spirit every now and then I’ve tried what might be promising. Minox did me no good. Two months ago I started on 0.5 mg Avodart daily, purchased through Oxford online pharmacy. I’m also dermarolling once a week. I believe I’m seeing new baby hair growth on crown and vertex and some darker hairs closer to existing hairline. Not a lot, but enough to persevere with. I think I have some loss of libido, though not of functionality (thankfully). No man boobs.

  7. After seeing positive results at 3.5 months in with Dut, I started getting major sheds at month 4 (July) and continued until last week (mid Oct). So far this week the shed has slowed down but my hairline has been decimated and my whole head is thinner (sides and back too). I’d say i lost 30% from when I started Dut 7 months ago. I’m not sure to stick with it or not but the shed has slowed down some over the last week so maybe I’ll wait and see. Just wanted to share my experience and would like to hear from others if they recovered after a major shed period or not.

  8. Hi everyone! I stumbled across this site and thought I’d post my story.

    I’m 25 and probably started losing my hair around 21-22. I started Propecia when I was 23 and remained on it for 18 months. Finasteride definitely maintained my hair, but I wanted better results. I was probably a solid NW2 when I started, and as of now I’m hopefully creeping to a 1.5.

    I’ve been on DUT for two and a half months now, and so far my hair has only thinned throughout. However, I do notice small dark hairs coming up at the hairline now which is definitely a new development. I’m going to be patient, stay positive, and keep a level head. There’s no reason DUT should be worse than FIN.

    My current regimen is 0.5mg generic DUT a day, 5% minox once minimum daily, 2% niz two times a week, and dermaroller on sundays.

    I know from experience that these are the only products that actually work. I’ve tried scalp massage, saw palmetto, pumpkin seed, biotin, vitamins, etc. The cold hard truth is that right now the only thing close to a guarantee to keep your hair is Dut, and we’re all taking a risk by consuming it. For me, my looks matter a lot and I’m prepared to take the risk.

    I’ll keep you all posted. Thanks for the great site admin.

  9. Hello,
    I am a 26 year old female, and currently taking Dutasteride 0.5 mg every other day for the last 3-4 weeks. Before that I had Dutasteride mesotherapy sessions every 2 months for more than a year (I changed because my hair loss slowed a bit and I had very slight regrowth but it was not enough, I still felt and looked disgusting). I have had my hair loss issues for almost 3 years – I did have a lot of health problems which are eliminated by now, I feel completely fine at last. I am also taking birth control pills because I have elevated androgen levels coming from the adrenals (no identifiable illness, just more androgens than normal).
    For the last few weeks my hair has started coming out in handfuls, just like when it all started, when I was not on any treatments yet. Also having the same scalp inflammation when my hair loss first began. I don’t know what to do anymore, I have hip length beautiful dark hair but at the front and top it is very ugly also my hairline is receding on the left side. In the middle front there is a patch which is almost completely hairless now.
    I want to save my hair but the doctors don’t care about me though I could have other choices such as Spironolactone and Cyproterone Acetate. They just send me away saying it will stop. It won’t.
    Please help me what to do.

    1. Sad from reading your story ;'(
      I feel for you. I am female too en now 7 years of struggle with my hairloss. My beautiful long hair is gone for half what i used to have and with that a lot of my self confidence.
      English is not my mother language so sorry for wrong words.
      I know with duta it needs time to work.
      But I understand your concern and questiom where this sudden hairloss comes from.
      It is sometimes not understandable 🙁 All the best for you. Hopefully it will get better

      1. Thank you for your kind words 🙂
        My shedding is even worse now. Although the scalp inflammation is gone. Skin oiliness also reduced greatly, which is good I think.
        My body hair is growing slower and maybe getting thinner.
        I guess I’ll wait another 2 months if the shedding does not stop I’m quitting Dutasteride.

        1. Hi Mira,
          How are you now?
          I am thinking about duta but i’m worries about my skin. I’ve heard it can give you aging skin and wrinkles
          Fina dried my skin totally!
          I hope you are doing well

  10. Hi-
    I’m 30 years old and have been on generic dut for 11 months. I keep waiting for a time when the shedding will slow down, but unfortunately it hasn’t yet. Prior to getting on Dutasteride I was on propecia for about 5/6 years. Propecia seemed to help slow down my hair loss until about 2 years ago, and finally as a last resort I started .5 mil Dutasteride daily. My hair loss has not only seemed to increase in my crown, temple, and forelock area, but also the sides and back of my head seems to be thinning out a bit. In addition to dut I use 5% minox at least once every day and use nizeral aprox 2-3 times per week. Even with the nizeral my head feels moderately itchy (sometimes more intense than others) through areas that seem to be thinning the worst pretty much all the time now. Needless to say this has been frustrating (!) as I hoped Dutasteride would at least stop further loss. I’ve been hoping that the shedding and thinning out overall was a “good” shed and one that would lead to thicker regrowth but so far my hair has just gotten worse. Has anyone experienced this many months without positive results then gone on and felt like the drug began to work and stop their hair loss? I’m hoping that within the next month or so I’ll start seeing a reel reduction shedding (right now I can run my hands though my hair over the sink and about 30-40 hairs come falling down at any time I do that). The side effects I’ve had have been slight loss of sex drive- not devastatingly though. Increased depression (continuous hair loss a factor!). And some brain fog where I can’t seem to think straight.

    If anyone has had a similar experience 11 months or a year in please respond! Also if anyone has had superior results from switching off generic to brand name (I get mine via Rite Aid)

  11. Hello there!
    Been using Avodart for about 14-15 years, started taking effect around month 6. Hair significantly stopped falling out. My hair is even possibly slightly thicker than it was prior to using the drug. I wouldn’t say I had any real ‘hair growth’ but I did notice tiny ‘fluff’ hairs appear in lots of places that seemed to help a little with over thickness. In terms of side effects, only thing I’ve really noticed is reduced sperm, perhaps not quite as horny but definitely perfectly acceptable. Gents, if your worried about losing your hair, avodart will stop hairloss in it’s tracks but some of us have to be patient. I believe (and this is only my opinion) the main reason avodart wasn’t given FDA approval for hairloss back in the early 2000s is because there wasn’t enough data at the time to significantly differentiate it from propecia so they didn’t see the point spending any more money on the research, furthermore, propecia was a ‘successful’ drug in its own right and why market something that is ‘somewhat better’ so to speak.

      1. I was on Finasteride for close to 20 years and started to loose ground the last five. Switched to Dutasteride two years ago and it’s halted the loss. Wish I could make up the lost ground but there’s other factors involved, e.g. age, Dr. Lee being shut down, etc.

    1. Hi Nommy,

      Are you taking the generic form of Dut? I’m almost a the 1 year mark and am frustrated I’m still losing so much hair- if I run my hands through my hair over the bathroom sink I count 20-30 every time. I’m a diffuse thinner and have noticed the sides of my head weirdly getting thinner as well as the vertex, hairline and crown. Any advice from you or anyone else would be Highly appreciated!!

      1. Hi,
        I use the generic stuff now and it works absolutely fine. I used to order it online but had one bad experience a few years ago when I suddenly switched my supplier because of cheaper costs and what I got was fakes. My hair started to fall out again so I learned my lesson. In any case, I just buy over the counter nowadays as its less hassle. The pills you use, do they look legitimate? It might even be an idea to have them checked. Make sure whoever you are ordering it from are reputable. I wouldn’t lose faith just yet Andy as everybody sheds hair EVERYDAY. Hope things work out for you.

      2. I’ve also been shedding like crazy for the past 18 months after stopping minoxidil for 1 month. After that one month of no minioxidil and resuming minox right after that, I’ve been losing 120+ hair each day. 20-30 hair every time I run my hand they my hair. I added fin the same time I resumed minoxidil. Still no improvement. I had a major shed again last month, with 200+ hair each day. So I don’t think it’s dut that is screwing up your hair per se. It might be that your body is shedding hair and dut is not helping enough.

  12. I have had amazing results with Generic Dutasteride and Topical Finpecia/Minox combo. It took me 18 months to see results being a diffuse thinner (suffered for 7 years using oral fin and topical minox to stop the hair loss).

    Use Dutasteride 0.5 mg on Friday/Sat/Sunday (3 times a week) coupled with topical finasteride/minox once a day. Also, combine it with dermarolling (1mm) and intermittent fasting.

  13. My big shed stopped at 9 months in. I lost about 30% but my hair is getting thicker even at the hairline. Things are looking good at 10.5 months and I’m hoping it will continue to get better. Dut does work. Just need to be patient. As for sides, my libido is slightly down but it is no different than Propecia. I workout and feel that Dut has helped build and maintain muscle. I’m still using minox 2x/day.

  14. I had been on propecia alone for 15 years. Noticed hair started to thin again in 2016. Added avodart in Jan 2017 and I can honestly say my hair is better and thicker than all the years on just propecia.
    I take propecia every day and one 0.5 avodart once a week.
    Never had any sides at all.
    I did have a shed when I added the avodart but stick with it and within about 4 months I could feel and see new hairs. My hairline is better than I can remember.
    It has taken one full year of this dosage to fully appreciate just how effective it has been. I will continue until things change and then reassess but hopefully that won’t be for a very long time.

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