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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010 Aug;63(2):252-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2009.09.018. Epub 2010 Jun 3.

Efficacy, safety, and tolerability of dutasteride 0.5 mg once daily in male patients with male pattern hair loss: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase III study.

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Department of Dermatology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. hceun@snu.ac.kr

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Dutasteride (Avodart) is a dual inhibitor of both type I and type II 5 alpha reductases, and thus inhibits conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, a key mediator of male pattern hair loss.

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of this randomized double-blind phase III study was to compare the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of dutasteride (0.5 mg) and placebo for 6 months of treatment in male patients with male pattern hair loss.

METHODS:

A total of 153 men, 18 to 49 years old, were randomized to receive 0.5 mg of dutasteride or placebo daily for 6 months. Efficacy was evaluated by the change of hair counts, subject assessment, and photographic assessment by investigators and panels.

RESULTS:

Mean change of hair counts from baseline to 6 months after treatment start was an increase of 12.2/cm(2) in dutasteride group and 4.7/cm(2) in placebo group and this difference was statistically significant (P = .0319). Dutasteride showed significantly higher efficacy than placebo group by subject self-assessment and by investigator and panel photographic assessment. There was no major difference in adverse events between two groups.

LIMITATIONS:

The study was limited to 6 months.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study clearly showed that 0.5 mg of dutasteride improved hair growth and was relatively well tolerated for the treatment of male pattern hair loss.

PMID:
20605255
DOI:
10.1016/j.jaad.2009.09.018
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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