Using Avodart If Propecia Does Not WorkApril 27th, 2012
Q: I am 27 years old and I have been on Propecia for 12 months now. Honestly, I have seen no response from it. In my dermatologist’s opinion I am a non-responder. I asked about Avodart and he said, since Propecia didn’t help then Avodart won’t help as well since both are DHT blockers, and if one didn’t work the other won’t either. In your opinion do you think Avodart is better? I have read that it blocks more DHT than Propecia. What is the dosing for Avodart? if someone does not respond to Propecia will they also not respond to Avodart?
A: Avodart (dutasteride) is more effective than Propecia (finasteride) and some patients will respond to dutasteride that don’t respond to finasteride. Dutasteride decreases serum DHT about 90% compared to 70% for finasteride. The usual starting dose of Avodart is 0.5mg a day.
That said, dutasteride is not FDA approved for use in hair loss and if a person has sexual side effects, the side effects are more likely to be persistent after stopping the medication compared to finasteride.
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Topic: Drugs (Medications)
Tags: Avodart/Dutasteride, DHT Blockers, Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Propecia (Finasteride), Propecia Doesn't Work, Propecia Non-responder, Propecia Persistent Side Effects, Propecia Side Effects, Sexual Side Effects Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on April 27th, 2012 at 1:35 pm