Avodart 0.5mg inhibits a hormone known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which appears to cause hair loss (also known as Male Pattern Baldness) in most men. DHT is also the primary cause of prostate enlargement in many men (a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia).
Avodart works by inhibiting the activities of two types of 5-alpha-reductase enzymes. These enzymes are responsible for converting testosterone to DHT.
Avodart hair loss treatment lowers DHT levels substantially and can be used to treat male pattern baldness (this is currently an unlicensed use of Avodart).*
*Disclaimer. Individual results may vary
This medicine should only be taken by men and should not be taken or handled by women, children or adolescents. Avodart hair loss medication may be absorbed through the skin.
Women, children or adolescents who come into contact with leaking capsules of Avodart must immediately wash it off their skin with soap and water.
To read the patient information leaflet for this product click here https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/PIL.11614.latest.pdf
The recommended dose of Avodart is one capsule (0.5 mg) taken orally once a day. The tablets should be swallowed whole and not chewed or opened, as the contact with the capsule contents may result in irritation of the oropharyngeal mucosa. The capsules may be taken with or without food.
The active substance in Avodart is dutasteride. Each soft capsule contains 0.5 mg dutasteride.
The other ingredients are:
• inside the capsule: mono and diglycerides of caprylic/capric acid and butylated hydroxytoluene (E321).
• capsule shell: gelatin, glycerol, titanium dioxide (E171), iron oxide yellow (E172), triglycerides (medium chain), lecithin (may contain soya oil).
Avodart hair loss treatment should not be taken by those with a severe liver disease. Those who take verapamil, diltiazem, nefazodone, alpha-blockers, itraconazole, ketoconazole, ritonavir or indinavir should make sure the doctor is aware. Avodart is a prescription-only product.
This medicine is for men only and must not be handled by women, children or adolescents. If your partner is, or may be pregnant, you must wear a condom to avoid exposing her to semen which may harm a baby.
Tell your doctor if you’re taking, or have recently taken, any other medicines. These include any medicines you’ve bought without a prescription.