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Basic Facts About Avodart (Dutasteride)
Avodart belongs to the “second generation” DHT or dihydrotestosterone inhibitor which is manufactured by the company GlaxoSmithKline. Similar to Propecia, this drug has been scientifically developed for the treatment of the prostate gland enlargement. Due to its increased DHT suppression, Dutasteride has been considered as the most effective drug for hair loss treatment for individuals who suffered male pattern baldness.
How Avodart (Dutasteride) Works
Episodes of hair loss have been linked to the DHT or dihydrotestosterone hormone, which is a male hormone created as the enzyme 5-alpha reductase effectively converts Testosterone into DHT. The latest approved hair loss medication, Propecia, inhibits just one of the two kinds of this enzyme that turns the Testosterone into DHT. On the other hand, Avodart is able to block the two kinds of the enzyme, making it the more effective choice for hair loss treatment.
Results From Avodart (Dutasteride)
The manufacturer of Avodart, which is GlaxoSmithKline, has actually been able to finish the Phase II trials for getting Dutasteride FDA approved as a safe hair loss treatment.
During the first 6 months of treatment, there were a significant 90% who were to experience visibly more hair. After the first 6 months of treatment, hair counts that were measured in a circle of one-inch diameter increased by some 96 hairs through the use of 0.5mg Avodart, while just 72 hairs through the use of 5mg of Finasteride. Dutasteride has also been studied to have the ability of decreasing levels of DHT by 30% better than Propecia.
Effects from using Avodart could be seen is as little as 2 weeks, or even earlier. After 2 weeks of everyday 0.5mg Dutasteride use, the median serum DHT concentrations reduced by 90 percent. However, since hair growth is slow, visible results from the use of Avodart could take some time. If Avodart is used everyday, results could be seen in just 3 months. But if use of Avodart is stopped, the results may gradually go away after 12 months. If you have already used Avodart for 12 months and still cannot see any visible effects, then it is safe to say that further treatment may not be beneficial as well.
Dosage of Avodart (Dutasteride)
The starting dosage which is recommended for the use of Avodart would 0.5 mg once daily. The dosage could, however, be increased to up to 2.5mg daily. This would be the maximum recommended Avodart dosage.
The use of 0.5mg Dutasteride inhibits more or less 90% serum DHT as well as 55% scalp DHT. The use of 2.5mg Dutasteride inhibits more or less 99% serum DHT as well as 82% scalp DHT.
Upon purchasing Avodart, the individual must regularly take the medication so that the best results may be achieved. The best time recommended to take Avodart would be before breakfast in the morning, on an empty stomach.
Side Effects of Avodart (Dutasteride)
Similar to most drugs, Avodart also has some possible side effects. There have been clinical studies that showed there were some uncommon side effects that did not affect most of the men who used the medication. There have been just 2% of the men who took the drug who experienced sexual side effects. These sexual side effects included a decreased amount of semen as well as a decreased libido. These particular side effects immediately went away in those men who stopped using Avodart. However, the side effects also disappeared in the en who continued to take Dutasteride.