Oral dutasteride was first approved for treating prostatic enlargement (benign prostate hypertrophy or BPH) under the brand name Avodart in January 2003. It is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor which prevents your body from converting testosterone to dihydrotestosterone – an androgen responsible for male pattern baldness, says our Dermatologist in Mumbai.
Dutasteride is an increasingly popular alternative to over-the-counter topical monoxide, which can have serious side effects. This article will investigate whether topical dutasteride helps regrow hair.
How Does Dutasteride Work?
Dutasteride hair loss treatment works by blocking 5a-reductase, an enzyme responsible for converting testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone linked to male pattern baldness. By inhibiting this enzyme’s activity, dutasteride halts and reverses hair loss in many patients suffering from male pattern baldness; its use has proven more successful than finasteride in clinical trials; prescribes oral, topical and injectable dutasteride for treating various forms of male pattern baldness issues in his practice.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH), can be treated by taking dutasteride in 0.5mg capsule form to shrink your prostate and increase urine flow while decreasing risks of blockages to your urethra. BPH symptoms may include straining to urinate frequently or frequent urges to urinate at night; weak urine flow or awakening during the night to urinate more than usual are all tell-tale signs. Dutasteride should not be given to women as a hair fall treatment or to children and may interact with certain medications like rifampicin, Sulfonylureas Clopidogrel ketoconazole Mizoram Clarithromycin Diltiazem (Cardizem) or Verapamil (Callan). Additionally it may interfere with blood clotting by increasing scalp bleeds from increases blood clotting by increasing bleeds on scalp surface areas causing increased bleeding of scalp areas.
Dutasteride should be taken orally daily as one 0.5 mg capsule with or without food, and is generally advised by dermatologists for treating heavy hair loss, says our hair specialist.
Hair growth benefits may take six months or longer to become visible, yet monitoring of hair growth measurements provides a strong indication of efficacy before results become obvious to the naked eye or clinical photos.
Drinking plenty of water and using moisturizers may help mitigate this side effect of this medication, while topical formulations of it may present less of a risk than oral capsules or tablets.
This medication belongs to the 5-alpha reductase inhibitor class of medications and prevents your body from producing androgen hormones that damage hair follicles. Similar in action as finasteride (originally developed to treat an enlarged prostate but later FDA approved to treat male pattern baldness), this treatment could stop androgen production that damages hair follicles from happening.
Dutasteride differs from its over-the-counter hair loss treatments in that it only needs to be taken once daily as a capsule – unlike monoxide which requires daily applications via liquid, foam and shampoo formulations – thus preventing its absorption through skin absorption, says our celebrity dermatologist in Mumbai.
Oral dutasteride may interact with certain medications and increase their side effects, so it’s important to inform your healthcare provider of all the supplements, vitamins or herbs you are currently taking.
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, it is advisable not to take this medication, as it could cause birth defects in male foetuses.
This medicine may cause elevated estrogenic and testosterone levels in some individuals, which may adversely impact sexual function and emotional well-being. Although usually temporary, this side effect should be monitored by seeing your dermatologist on an ongoing basis to make sure any problems don’t develop further. They will likely recommend appropriate treatment options.
If you or someone in your care are experiencing symptoms of overdose such as extreme itchiness or swelling of face, hands, or feet immediately contact emergency services. Dutasteride can cause serious liver issues in certain individuals. Women should not use this drug due to skin absorption which could diminish male fertility by decreasing sperm count, semen volume or movement; additionally it falls under pregnancy category X drugs so should not be used during gestation.
While taking dutasteride, you may experience temporary hair thinning due to either progress of your existing hair loss prior to its effects taking place or miniaturized hairs falling out to make way for healthy new growth.
Oral dutasteride can only be obtained with a valid physician prescription, and is often combined with other hair loss treatments such as oral or topical monoxide and PRP injections. Unfortunately, this medication may not be readily available at pharmacies and requires prior authorization from your insurance company to use.