Avodart (dutasteride)

Avodart is a medicine used for BPH (benign prostate hyperplasia). Male pattern hair loss is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic factors and the hormone DHT, which is also one of the main causes for BPH. Avodart lowers the levels of DHT.

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What is Avodart?

Avodart is a medicine made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) which contains the active ingredient Dutasteride. Avodart was originally developed for treating prostate enlargement, a condition known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) in men.

It has passed stage III of FDA testing for the treatment of hair loss in men but is currently approved as a prostate treatment medication only.

Please be aware at present, when using Avodart for the treatment of hair loss, this is on an unlicensed basis.  Doctor's will normally only consider using Avodart for hair loss if other treatments such as Propecia (finasteride) have already been tried.

Avodart is only for men.

How does Avodart (Dutasteride) work?

Avodart inhibits a hormone known as DHT (dihydrotestosterone). DHT is a hormone that appears to cause hair loss in most men. DHT is also the main cause of prostate enlargement in many men (also known as BPH - Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia).

Avodart works by inhibiting the activities of two types of 5-alpha-reductase enzymes. These enzymes are responsible in the body for converting Testosterone to Dihydrotestosterone(DHT). Avodart lowers DHT levels substantially.

How to take Avodart

The capsules should be swallowed whole and not chewed or opened as contact with the capsule contents may result in irritation of the oropharyngeal mucosa.

Avodart may be taken with or without food.

The recommended dose of AVODART is 1 capsule (0.5 mg) taken once daily

Possible Side Effects

Like all medicines, Avodart can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The following side effects may happen with this medicine:

  • decreased libido (sex drive);
  • decreased amount of semen released during sex;
  • impotence (trouble getting or keeping an erection); or
  • breast tenderness or enlargement.

Get emergency medical help if you have any of the following:

  • allergic reaction
  • hives
  • difficulty breathing
  • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat