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Dutasteride: better remedy or worse?

Hair loss surely doesn’t choose who its victim be. However, men are more prone to baldness compared to women because of genetic reasons. As of the presen,t over 35 to 40 million American men are suffering from hair loss or Alopecia. Many hair loss remedies are being introduced in the market to solve the increasing problem of baldness.

As of the present, FDA has only approved two prescription drugs for hair loss which are the Minoxidil and Finasteride. Dutasteride, on the other hand, is still making its name as one of the hair loss remedies available in the market. The product is called Avodart which is at first known to cure prostate cancer but then found to treat the problems in hair loss.

However, since it is still under observation of FDA to be approved, it is significant to know the strength of the medication compared to Finasteride and the negative effects before supporting the drugs.

Is it Dutasteride or Finasteride?
So Finasteride is one of the two approved medications for hair loss, however, Dutasteride also has a chance to be one of FDA’s approved hair loss treatments. Both medications are initially known to cure the enlargement of the prostate but soon showed a treatment for hair loss.

During a clinical test made between the two, Dutasteride had shown a larger decrease in DHT or Dihydrotestosterone than Finasteride. It is exciting to know that it reduces 93% of the production of DHT in the body. DHT, which is known to be the cause of hair loss in men, can be treated faster when you take Avodart as medication.

Since it is listed under drugs that cure prostate problems, the need for prostate surgery is gradually reduced and the urinary flow will be a lot easier.

Side effects may occur, however, it decreases as you continue to use the medications in the long run.

Negative effects
There are still some negative effects that you should take in consideration. Allergic reactions which is also common to Finasteride such as swelling of the whole face, throat, tongue, and lips can be experienced. Hives and difficulty in breathing is also evident to some users.

More serious problems in your sex life can occur such as Gynecomastia which is the enlargement of the breast, ED or erectile dysfunction, lowering down of semen amount, and decreased in libido.

Also, if you are taking any HIV or AIDS medicine, Antibiotics, and anti depressant you need to see your doctor first when taking Avodart because it reacts negatively to those medications.
Although it enlarges breast, women especially those who are pregnant or are suspecting to be pregnant and children should not take Avodart. For pregnant woman, it highly affects the development of the unborn baby which is very risky. And since it can easily be absorbed by the skin, it is advised to wash the affected area as soon as possible.

If you are planning to donate blood, do it at a later time. Since it easily mixed and carried in the blood, it can caused birth defects when transferred to pregnant woman.