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Gynecol Endocrinol. 2002 Feb;16(1):63-6.

New alternative treatment in hirsutism: bicalutamide 25 mg/day.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Erciyes University, Kayseri, Turkey.


The efficacy of low-dose bicalutamide (25 mg/day) in the treatment of hirsutism was investigated in this study. Hirsutism score was determined, according to a modified Ferriman-Gallwey scoring system, in 42 women with hirsutism. Each patient received 25 mg/day bicalutamide. Before therapy, multiscreen blood chemistry, hormonal analysis, and complete blood counts were performed. These parameters and hirsutism scores were repeated at 3 and 6 months during therapy. The paired Student's t-test was used to compare repeated values. Clinical improvement in the degree of hirsutism was observed in all patients by the same author. The modified Ferriman-Gallwey scores decreased from a mean of 22.0 +/- 5.1 to 8.6 +/- 3.5 (p < 0.0001). The reduction in hirsutism scores was 41.2 +/- 11.4% at 3 months and 61.6 +/- 11.1% at 6 months. In conclusion, bicalutamide at 25 mg/day is an effective drug in the treatment of patients with hirsutism.

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