Dutasteride is a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor drug similar to the finasteride. Dutasteride or Avodart is a dual inhibitor of both type I & type II 5-alpha-reductases. It inhibits the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone which is a key mediator of male pattern hair loss. Dutasteride is commercially available as ‘Avodart’ and is manufactured by the Glaxo-Smith-Kline Pharmaceuticals.
The off-label recommended dosage of dutasteride for hair loss if 0.5mg per day. It has been clinically proven in some trials that dutasteride 0.5mg per day improves more hair growth in men to a greater extent than finasteride at 2.5mg per day.
How to use:
Dutasteride should be taken as a whole capsule daily on a regular basis for at least 3-6 months before seeing any benefits. In the case of a missed dose, do not double dose. Instead, resume your regular routine on the following day. The capsule should not be chewed or crushed.