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Avodart 0.5mg Capsules

Avodart 0.5mg Capsules (30 capsules)

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Avodart Information

  • Age: 18

    Maximum per order: 6

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What is Avodart?

Dutasteride (in Avodart) is an active agent in an oral medication that effectively treats genetic male pattern hair loss on the top of the head and the mid-scalp area. It is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.

Dutasteride was developed to treat symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men. Chemically similar to Finasteride - the active compound in propecia - dutasteride has proven to be more effective in clinical trials. Like propecia, dutasteride treats both male pattern hair loss and BPH.

Dutasteride is an inhibitor of the enzyme 5 alpha-reductase which converts testosterone to DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Unlike finasteride, which only inhibits the Type II form of the enzyme, dutasteride inhibits both the Type I and Type II forms. This dual effect makes dutasteride more effective than finasteride (Propecia).

As with other hair-loss medications, patients taking Avodart should expect to wait a year or more before evaluating Avodart’s effectiveness.

During the first six months of treatment, you may observe some thinning of your existing hair. This may be due to the progression of your hair loss before dutasteride had a chance to work, or some shedding of miniaturized hair that makes way for the new hair growth. It is important to be patient during this period.

 

How does Avodart work?

Male pattern baldness (hair loss) is caused by a combination of genetic factors and the male hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Blocking the production of DHT reduces hair loss and increases production of thicker hair. 

The mode of action of Avodart is similar to Propecia. They both block the enzymes in the male body, 5-alpha reductase 1 and 2, that produce DHT. Propecia mainly blocks 5-alpha reductase 2 whilst Avodart blocks them both.

If you are going to have a prostate test, it is important to tell your doctor you are taking Avodart capsules. The unit of measurement for prostate measurement is your PSA or prostate specific antigen levels and Avodart can reduce these levels and effect the result.

 

Does Avodart treat hair loss?

Avodart is normally prescribed to treat an enlarged prostate. However, it can also be prescribed 'off-label' to treat hair loss in men. ‘Off label' means that a medicine is being used to treat a condition other than the one it was initially licensed to treat. 

Avodart tablets can be used to effectively treat genetic male pattern hair loss, particularly on the top of the head and the mid-scalp area.

Avodart contains the active ingredient dutasteride, which blocks the creation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) — the hormone which is responsible for hair loss and male pattern baldness. 

Dutasteride does this by inhibiting the enzyme 5 alpha-reductase which converts testosterone to DHT.

Click here to read studies on the effectiveness of Avodart in treating male hair loss 'off label'. 'Off label' means that the medicine is being used to treat a condition other than those that it was initially licensed to treat. 

 

Avodart alternatives

Avodart is one of the most successful and effective hair loss treatments available, but there are Avodart alternatives to choose from. 

 

Avodart vs Finasteride

Finasteride is an Avodart UK alternative which is issued to men to tackle hair loss and male pattern baldness. It works in a very similar way to Avodart by blocking DHT production.

Finasteride is a prescription-only oral medication that is the unbranded generic version of Propecia. This means that it is a cheaper, low-cost alternative to expensive branded hair loss treatments.

Finasteride has high success rates, but Avodart is generally thought to be more successful. 

You can buy Finasteride here at The Independent Pharmacy. 

 

Avodart vs Propecia

Propecia tablets are a branded prescription-only medicine which contains the active ingredient finasteride.

Like Finasteride and Avodart, Propecia tackles hair loss in men by blocking the production of DHT. 

In a like-for-like study comparing Avodart vs Propecia over the course of 24 weeks, the results showed that Avodart was more effective. Avodart users had more hair — 94.6 hairs compared to Propecia, who had 76.5 hairs.

Propecia is available to buy at The Independent Pharmacy.

 

Non-medicinal Avodart alternatives to treat hair loss

There are a few non-medicinal Avodart alternatives for hair loss.

However, their success rates do vary and some can be quite costly. 

Here are some non-medicinal Avodart alternatives to treat hair loss:

  • Homeopathy
  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Wigs/Hair pieces
  • Hair transplants

There is little evidence to suggest that these alternative treatments and herbal remedies are effective. You should conduct your own research and speak to your doctor first if you decide to proceed with any of these options.

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Avodart dosage

The recommended Avodart dosage to treat hair loss is 0.5mg. 

Avodart comes in 0.5mg capsules — you will need to take one Avodart every day consistently to see an improvement in hair loss.

It is important to continue taking your Avodart dosage daily. Failure to do so may result in the medication not working as well.

 

Avodart 0.5mg capsules

Avodart 0.5mg tablets should be taken once daily. Try to take the tablet at the same time of day each day (this could be before a meal or after). This will help you to remember to take your doses regularly.

Buying Avodart online in the UK is easy. Avodart 0.5mg tablets are available to buy at The Independent Pharmacy. 

 

How long does Avodart take to work?

As with other hair loss medications, it takes some time using Avodart tablets for the full benefits to be seen.

Generally, Avodart users should expect to wait a year or more before evaluating Avodart’s effectiveness. Improvements may be seen after six months. 

During the first six months of treatment, you may observe some thinning of your existing hair. This may be due to the progression of your hair loss before the treatment has a chance to work. This time period also allows the hair follicles sometime to recover and make way for the new hair growth.

It is important to be patient during this period and to keep taking Avodart every day as prescribed.

Avodart side effects

Like all medicines, there is a chance that you may experience side effects should you start using Avodart 0.5mg capsules.

Avodart side effects don’t affect the majority of users — your risk of encountering adverse effects is generally quite low. However, as with any medication, there is always a chance that you may experience negative effects as well as positive results.

Below are the most common Avodart side effects (affecting up to one in 10 users):

  • Difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction)
  • Decreased sexual desire/sex drive (libido)
  • Difficulty with ejaculation
  • Decreased production of seminal fluid (this does not affect sexual function)
  • breast enlargement or tenderness (gynecomastia)
  • Dizziness (particularly when taken with tamsulosin)

For a full list of side effects, you can read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with this medicine.

If you are worried about any of the Avodart side effects listed above or you experience any other adverse effects not listed, speak to your pharmacist or doctor for advice on how to proceed. 

In a medical emergency (such as an allergic reaction or any painful or severe Avodart side effects), contact the emergency services or go straight to your local A&E.

 

Avodart withdrawal symptoms

If you stop taking Avodart tablets, your DHT levels will return to their previous higher levels in less than a month. This may result in Avodart withdrawal symptoms. These may be similar to the Avodart side effects mentioned above, but you may also encounter side effects such as difficulty with urination or a frequent need to urinate. 

Your doctor or pharmacist may suggest gradually coming off of Avodart tablets rather than stopping your treatment course suddenly. This will help to decrease your risk of experiencing any unwanted withdrawal symptoms. 

Don’t stop taking Avodart without talking to your doctor first.

 

Can Avodart cause cancer?

Avodart does not cause cancer. 

However, taking Avodart or other similar hair loss treatments may increase your risk of prostate cancer. In a clinical study, men taking Avodart developed a serious form of prostate cancer more often than men who did not take Avodart (though this is a very small amount).

If you take Avodart, you should have a regular blood test for PSA (prostate-specific antigen), which detects prostate cancer. You should speak to your doctor about this, and if you are having a PSA test, you should tell your doctor that you are taking Avodart.

Similarly, it is important to keep an eye on any side effects such as breast tenderness and enlargement, which may be a sign of something more serious, such as breast cancer.

 

Avodart erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction can occur as a side effect of using Avodart tablets to treat hair loss. This means you many experience the inability to achieve or maintain an erection during your course of treatment. This side effect may persist after you stop taking Avodart. 

Avodart erectile dysfunction can affect up to one in 10 men who use this medicine. 

 

Avodart contraindications

Avodart can interact with other medicines. These are known as ‘Avodart contraindications’ and mean that the effects of this medication can change if you take other drugs or medicines at the same time. 

This can increase your risk of experiencing Avodart side effects or cause either Avodart or any other medication you are using not to work properly. 

These are the Avodart contraindications you need to know about:

  • High blood pressure medications such as verapamil and diltiazem
  • Antifungal medications like Itraconazole and ketoconazole
  • Alpha blockers for enlarged prostate or high blood pressure
  • Antidepressants such as nefazodone 
  • Some HIV/AIDS medicines

You should always check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines before you start any new medical treatment. 

This includes prescription treatments, over-the-counter medicines, herbal remedies and supplements.

 

Avodart dizziness

Avodart dizziness is listed as a side effect of this medication.

However, that doesn’t mean that you will experience dizziness if you take this treatment — this affects less than one in 10 users. The majority of Avodart users will not feel any dizziness or lightheadedness at all.

In particular, dizziness may be experienced when taking Avodart tablets alongside tamsulosin (another medicine used to treat men with symptoms of an enlarged prostate). 

Avodart does not cause drowsiness nor does it affect your ability to drive. However, if you do feel dizzy, then you should avoid driving or operating heavy machinery.

Avodart ingredients

Active ingredients:

  • 0.5 mg dutasteride

Inactive ingredients:

  • Mono and diglycerides of caprylic/capric acid and butylated hydroxytoluene (E321).

Capsule shell:

  • gelatin, glycerol, titanium dioxide (E171), triglycerides (medium chain), iron oxide yellow (E172), lecithin (may contain soya oil).

Allergen information: not suitable for anyone with a soy or peanut allergy.

Avodart warnings

Talk to your doctor before taking Avodart.

  • In clinical studies, some patients taking dutasteride with an alpha-blocker experienced heart failure. In patients taking only dutasteride or only an alpha blocker heart failure was less common.
  • Tell your doctor if you have liver problems. You may require additional check-ups while taking Avodart.
  • Women, children and adolescents should not handle leaking Avodart capsules, as the active ingredient can be absorbed through the skin. Wash the affected area immediately with soap and water if there is any skin contact.
  • Use a condom during sexual intercourse. Dutasteride can enter the semen. If your partner is or may be pregnant, avoid exposing her to your semen as dutasteride may affect a male boy’s normal development. Dutasteride can decrease sperm count, semen volume and sperm motility which could affect your fertility.
  • Avodart affects a blood test for PSA (prostate-specific antigen), which detects prostate cancer. If you will be tested for PSA, tell your doctor that you are taking Avodart. Men taking Avodart should have their PSA tested regularly.
  • In a clinical study, men taking Avodart developed a serious form of prostate cancer more often than men who did not take Avodart.
  • Avodart may result in breast tenderness and enlargement. If this becomes troublesome, or if you develop breast lumps or nipple discharge, talk to your doctor as these may signal a serious condition like breast cancer.

Contact your doctor or pharmacist with any questions about Avodart.

 

Other medications and Avodart

Tell your doctor if you take, have recently taken, or might take any other medication.

Some can react with Avodart and include side-effects. These medicines include:

  • verapamil or diltiazem (for high blood pressure)
  • nefazodone (an antidepressant)
  • itraconazole or ketoconazole (for fungal infections)
  • alpha-blockers (for enlarged prostate or high blood pressure)

Inform your doctor if you are taking any of these medications as you may need a reduced dose of Avodart.

 

Avodart with food and drink

Take Avodart with or without food.

 

Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility

Women who are pregnant or may be pregnant must not handle leaking Avodart capsules. They can absorb Dutasteride through the skin which can affect a male baby’s normal development. This is a severe risk in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy.

Contact your doctor if a pregnant woman has touched dutasteride.

 

Driving and using machines

Avodart is unlikely to affect your ability to drive or operate machinery.

 

Avodart contains lecithin from soya

This may contain soya oil. If you have a peanut or soya allergy, do not use this product.

Read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medication and inform your doctor of the medicine that you intend to take.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.

 

UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

 

Royal Mail

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

DPD

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

 

BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.

 

Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
PH30, 41 - 44

 

Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.

 

International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I take Avodart capsules to get the best results?

    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.

  • How long will it take to see a result?

    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.

  • What will happen if I stop taking Avodart?

    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.

  • What are the side effects of Avodart capsules?

    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).

  • What’s the difference between the Propecia and Avodart?

    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.

  • What medicines interact with Avodart capsules?

    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.

  • Can you drink alcohol whilst taking Avodart?

    Avodart is not affected by alcohol.

  • Does Avodart make you drowsy?

    Avodart does not cause drowsiness nor does it affect your ability to drive.

  • What other treatments can I use with Avodart to boost my hair growth?

    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.

  • Can women take Avodart?

    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.

  • Does Avodart affect your fertility?

    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.

  • Will Avodart affect hair growth on other parts of my body as well?

    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.

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Scott McDougall

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Published on: 02-02-2017

Last modified on: 20-11-2020


Scott is one of the two founders of The Independent Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist and the registered manager of our service with the CQC.

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Dr Donald Grant

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Reviewed on: 20-11-2020

Next review date: 20-11-2022


Dr Don Grant is a GP with over 30 years experience and is the Clinical Advisor at The Independent Pharmacy


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