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Avodart 0.5mg Capsules reviews
Avodart 0.5mg Capsules FAQs
To get the best results take one capsule daily. The capsule should be swallowed whole with or without food. Ensure you do not chew or take a broken capsule as the contents can give you a sore mouth or throat.
Only take one capsule a day. Avodart is not any more effective if you exceed the recommended dose.
It is best to start treatment as soon as possible after you have noticed hair loss and results are seen sooner if treatment is started within a year of hair loss.
Avodart normally causes the DHT levels to drop quickly but the hair follicles can then take months to recover and start growing thicker hair again. For this reason it is important to ensure you take Avodart every day and continue treatment for at least 6 months before assessing its true effect. It is a good idea to take photos of the areas affected by hair loss before you start treatment to allow you to compare them after 6 months and judge the effect.
It is important to start taking Avodart as soon as possible for hair loss. The more hair you have already lost, the harder it is to restart the growth cycle.
During the initial stages of treatment you may find that you begin to shed some hair. This is a common side effect as damaged follicles shed thin or fine hair to enable thicker hair to grow in its place.
If you stop taking Avodart capsules, your DHT levels will return to their previous higher levels in less than a month. Over time you will then lose the hair you have regrown within 9-12 months.
Avodart 0.5mg capsules, like all medicines, carry some risks of side effects. These are usually low and typically affect around 1 in 100 men. They can include:
Difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection.
Decreased sexual desire.
Decreased production of seminal fluid (this does not effect sexual function).
Propecia and Avodart block the production of DHT. In a like-for-like study comparing Propecia 1mg tablets and Avodart 0.5mg Capsules, over 24 weeks, the results showed Avodart to have more hair; 94.6 hairs compared to Propecia which had 76.5 hairs.
The levels and effects of Avodart are increased with:
- Verapamil and diltiazem (used for high blood pressure)
- Itraconazole and ketconazole (anti-fungal medication preparations)
- Alpha blockers (for enlarged prostate or high blood pressure)
If your medication changes or you would like to take some over the counter remedies please check with us or a health professional first.
Avodart is not affected by alcohol.
Avodart does not cause drowsiness nor does it affect your ability to drive.
It is thought to be safe to combine Avodart with the topical medicine Regaine. Regaine contains minoxidil, which has a different mechanism of action to dutasteride (Avodart). Minoxidil increases blood flow to hair follicles. This helps more oxygen and nutrients to reach the area and increases the likelihood of hair growth. The combination of the two medicines may lead to more hair growth. Regaine is best started within five years of hair loss occurring, this makes it most likely to be effective.
Avodart and Propecia should never be used together.
Avodart is only for male use.
Avodart capsules should not be brought into contact with women of child bearing age. Dutasteride, the active ingredient, can be absorbed and go on to have effects on an unborn baby's sexual organs. If a woman of childbearing age comes into contact with Avodart capsules, especially if the capsules are broken, medical advice should be sought immediately.
Avodart can sometimes be excreted in the ejaculate of men taking the medication. To help avoid the medicine coming into contact with women, a condom should be used whilst taking this medicine.
You need to stop taking Avodart for at least 6 months before you intend to give blood. This is to ensure any blood given to pregnant women does not contain traces of the medication for reasons explained above.
There have not been any large studies to conclusively find the result of Avodart on male fertility. Current evidence available suggests that a small percentage of men (around 1%) will produce a lower volume of ejaculate whilst taking Avodart. This should be nothing to worry about, evidence suggests it is reversible on discontinuing the medicine and that it does not affect the ability to get an erection or hinder sexual performance.
As only the hair on the head is lost due to the effects of DHT, Avodart only affects the growth of hair on the head. It will not cause hair to grow in any other places.