Dutasteride as a Hair Loss Drug

Dutasteride is an anti-androgen, in its structure and activity similar to finasteride, the only FDA approved oral hair loss pill available today. However, dutasteride is a more powerful anti-androgen as it inhibits both types of 5-alpha reductase and therefore it is often held to be a more powerful weapon in the fight against male pattern baldness than finasteride. Like its twin brother, dutasteride is also used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) and it is currently awaiting an FDA approval for treating male hair loss as it happens to be in the Phase III clinical testing. Despite the fact that it has not yet been approved for treating hair loss it is already used by hundreds of thousands of hair loss sufferers around the world and even prescribed by some hair loss clinics to male patients who no longer respond to finasteride.

Preliminary clinical evidence shows that dutasteride is no less efficient in reducing and reversing hair loss than finasteride but probably it is not much more powerful either. However, it is feared that this treatment could be accompanied by more severe side effects than treatment with finasteride as it stays in you body for many months after you have abandoned the treatment whereas finasteride virtually disappears within 24 hours. Despite all this uncertainty and potentially increased health risk many hair loss sufferers are using this medicine and most of them buy dutasteride from Internet in one of many offshore or online pharmacies. Some of them swear by it and claim to experience no side effects but you should think twice before ordering this treatment online since after some period of time spent on this treatment you may be confronted with its negative side effects that are impossible to assess at the moment.

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