Dutasteride

Dutasteride Pills as a Solution for Hair Loss TreatmentSummary

Avodart (Dutasteride) is a drug similar to Propecia / Finasteride, in that it blocks the enzyme that converts Testosterone to DHT. Unlike Finasteride, Avodart blocks both of the enzymes that create DHT instead of just one, so it may be a more potent treatment for hair loss. It is also, as far as we have been able to ascertain, the nearest new drug to FDA approval for hair loss.

 

Specifics

Treatment Type:

Dual 5-alpha Reductase Inhibitor

Testing Progress:

Approved for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Phase III trials for hairloss believed resumed – Supplemental New Drug Application for Hairloss may be submitted to FDA

Clinical Results:

Much greater and longer inhibition of DHT than Propecia in early testing.

Scalp Prior to Treatment

Prior to treatment

  Scalp After 6 Months Treatment

After 6 months of treatment

 

Notes:

The big question will be is it better than Propecia and whether side effects will be greater or more serious. Currently approved form will be a 0.5 mg soft gel.