I went to my doctor today and got a finasteride prescription. Now I’m reading that dutasteride may be more effective. Does anyone have any comparative experiences? Have you seen any people actually regrow hair by getting on finasteride (or dutasteride)? Most guys are using Propecia (finasteride) for hair loss. Avodart (dutasteride) is typically reserved for the day when finasteride is no longer sustaining hair growth and hair loss once again begins to advance. There are probably a number of reasons for this. First, dutasteride is not FDA approved as a hair loss treatment so many physicians won’t prescribe it. Second, dutasteride tends to be more expensive and, lastly, as it inhibits both the type 1 and type 2 alpha-reductase enzyme (the enzyme associated with the conversion of testosterone to DHT), side effects can be more severe. In terms of the effectiveness of Propecia in the treatment of androgenic alopecia, there are three potential outcomes. The first potential outcome is that it regrows hair. This is pretty easy to assess and […]
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This question comes from a member of our Hair Loss Social Community and Discussion Forums: Several months ago, I began taking Propecia (finasteride) for my progressive hair loss and experienced significant side effects. After stopping the medication, I switched to Avodart (dutasteride), another medication sometimes indicated in hair restoration, and did not experience any adverse side effects. Is there a reason for this? Should I continue taking the Avodart? Finasteride (the active ingredient in Propecia) works by blocking the DHT (dihydrotestosterone – the hormone responsible for genetic baldness) converting activity of the type II 5-alpha-reductase enzyme. Dutasteride (the active ingredient in Avodart) works by inhibiting the activity of both the type I and type II 5-alpha-reductase enzymes. Although Propecia is shown to be just as effective, I’m not certain that utilizing one medication over the other would produce different side effects, as they are very, very similar drugs. Regardless, there could be a variety of reasons why the Avodart is working without negative side effects, and if this will help […]
FDA Warns Hair Loss Drugs Propecia (Finasteride) and Avodart (Dutasteride) May Increase Risk of Prostate Cancer?
Can the hair loss treatments Propecia (finasteride) and Avodart (dutasteride) increase risks of cancer? Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement claiming the drugs Avodart and Proscar, typically used to treat benign prostate hyperplasia (prostate enlargement) in men, may increase the risks of high-grade prostate cancer. The news came suddenly after two large clinical trials revealed the increased risks (ironically enough, both drugs were tested as a method of preventing prostate cancer in late 2010), and now individuals at the FDA are pushing the makers of Avodart and Proscar to include prostate cancer warning labels on prescription bottles. While this news is important for individuals taking these medications for prostate enlargement issues, the announcement also comes as a surprise to hair loss patients, as the active ingredient in both Avodart and Proscar is dutasteride and finasteride (respectively). These two compounds are used to block the action of 5-alpha-reductase enzymes – proteins responsible for converting testosterone to the hair loss inducing, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) form. Finasteride is […]