Dutasteride

Powerful inhibitor of DHT conversion used to target androgen related hair loss.

Topical Dutasteride is a prescription only medication in the UK which can be used to treat hair loss in men and women. It works by inhibiting both type I and type II 5-alpha reductase enzymes, which are responsible for converting testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). By reducing DHT levels in the scalp, topical Dutasteride can help to prevent hair thinning and promote regrowth. This is particularly useful for treating androgenetic alopecia (male and female pattern baldness).

Benefits in Hair Loss Treatment

The primary way by which Dutasteride works is through blocking the action of the 5-alpha reductase enzymes, which convert testosterone into DHT. Normally, elevated levels of DHT can shrink hair follicles which leads to hair thinning and loss. For this reason, Dutasteride is a powerful DHT suppressor that can help promote hair growth and prevent further hair loss. Topical Dutasteride offers several benefits for treating hair loss:

  • Reduces Hair Loss
  • Promotes Hair Regrowth & Increases Density
  • Easy to Use & Reduced Risk of Systemic Side Effects Compared with Oral
  • Combined with Other Hair Stimulating Ingredients
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Topical Dutasteride vs Finasteride for Hair Loss

Both Dutasteride and Finasteride are effective treatments for androgenetic alopecia, but they differ in their mechanisms and potency. Although both inhibit the 5-alpha reductase enzyme, Dutasteride inhibits both type I and type II 5-alpha reductase vs Finasteride which mainly inhibits type II. This broader inhibition makes Dutasteride more effective at reducing DHT levels in the scalp. As such, there is evidence that it may be more effective for treating hair loss compared with Finasteride. However, this increased efficacy may also come with a higher risk of side effects. As such, Finasteride, with its more targeted action, may be better in terms of effectiveness and tolerability. Onthe other hand, topical Dutasteride can be reserved for those who have not responded to other hair loss treatments.

Treatments with Dutasteride

Every one of our hair loss treatments is personalised according to each of our patient’s specific concerns, goals and wishes. Topical Dutasteride is a powerful treatment for androgen related hair when used appropriately. We add it if we think it will be beneficial in the following treatments:

  • Hair Loss Treatments for Women
  • Hair Loss Treatments for Men

Combining with Other Actives

Dutasteride works best in combination with other hair loss compounds and medicines which boost and compliment its effects. The actives we may use in our hair loss treatments in combination with it include:

  • Minoxidil: this duo can promote hair regrowth and improve hair density more effectively than using either treatment alone.
  • Biotin: encourages keratin production which can strengthen hair.
  • Caffeine: stimulates hair follicles and increases blood delivery to the scalp.
  • Melatonin: regulates hair growth cycles and protects hair follicles from oxidative stress to increase hair density and length.
  • Tretinoin: may help increase absorption of hair loss treatment.
  • Hydrocortisone: can help reduce scalp irritation caused by hair loss treatments.

Topical Dutasteride Hair Loss Treatments in the UK

In the UK, topical Dutasteride is available by prescription and can is sometimes used to treat androgenetic alopecia (hair loss). We add Dutasteride to our personalised hair loss treatments if we think it is beneficial and safe for the patient. Also, the concentration and other ingredients we use depends on the patient’s hair loss, medical history and preferences.

To access our personalised hair loss treatments, you will need to complete an online consultation form or book a virtual video consultation with one of our doctors first. They will design a treatment based on what they think will best address your concerns but will take into account your wishes where possible. Your doctor will then provide you with a personalised protocol and ongoing follow-up throughout your journey. You will have access to your doctor by email at any time as part of your treatment.

TREATMENT FEES (UK BASED PATIENTS ONLY)

  • VIRTUAL CONSULTATION£30

    Your doctor will design a personalised skincare treatment and program for you to follow. The cost of the consultation will be deducted from any treatment purchase.

  • PERSONALISED HAIR LOSS TREATMENT£120

    This is a 3 month supply of treatment (100ml). Your doctor will create a personalised treatment taking into account your health, hair loss concerns, goals and wishes.

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Treatment Time
15 Minutes

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Duration of effect
3-4 Months

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Important Information

Topical Dutasteride is a powerful prescription medicine for treating certain types of hair loss but must be under the care of a medical professional in the UK. It’s important to discuss the benefits, risks and contraindications with your medical provider.

Safety and Side Effects

Generally, topical Dutasteride is considered safe when used appropriately. However, some users may experience side effects such as scalp irritation, itching or dryness. Topical application should reduce the risk of systemic side effects but it does not rule them out. These side effects include mood changes, decreased libido, erectile dysfunction and ejaculation disorders, which may persist even after stopping the medication. Other side effects can include breast tenderness, discharge or enlargement (gynaecomastia), testicular pain and dizziness. Dutasteride can lower PSA levels, which might mask the detection of prostate cancer, so you must let your healthcare provider you’re using it when having PSA testing. In rare cases, it can lead to severe allergic reactions, such as swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat, and skin reactions like rash or itching. If you experience side effects, discontinue use and seek medical help.

Contraindications

There are certain conditions and circumstances which may make Dutasteride unsafe including:

  • Scalp Conditions: people with scalp conditions like psoriasis or severe dermatitis should avoid using topical Dutasteride unless advised by a healthcare provider.
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Dutasteride is not safe for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding due to potential risks to the baby. Due to its potential to cause birth defects, it should not be handled by anyone who is pregnant or trying to become pregnant.
  • Allergies: those with known allergies or hypersensitivity to Dutasteride or any of its components should avoid using products containing this ingredient.

Storage and Shelf Life

Store Dutasteride containing products in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and heat. Always check the expiration date on the product packaging and discard any medication that has changed in appearance or smell.

Frequently asked questions

No we do not normally use Dutasteride for hair loss by itself as it will not be effective. However, we encourage all our patients to express their wishes and concerns when we design their treatment. Wherever possible we respect and accommodate these as long as we feel it is medically safe and beneficial to do so. Ultimately our aim is to provide you with the best solution for your concern and we'll design your treatment to achieve that.

All our treatments are compound formulas made individually for each patient and should to be used over 3 months from when they're dispensed. Its important to use exactly as directed in your treatment plan.

This is a prescription only medicine and hence can only be offered after a consultation with a doctor if they feel it is appropriate for you. This ensures that the treatment is safe for you to use and that it meets your treatment goals. Your doctor will also be able to answer any questions you have and provide you with a personalised treatment plan so you get the most out of your treatment and avoid irritation or side-effects.

Yes. We offer either online consultation forms or video appointments. Whatever option you choose, you will have the same doctor dedicated to you throughout your treatment and get a personalised experience.

Yes, if you are a new client to our clinic. This is to ensure that we create a treatment that is appropriate and safe for you.

You will have direct access to your doctor by email so you can ask questions, get advice and let them know if you have any problems.

No, you just need to reach out to your doctor by email and they will arrange your follow up. This maybe by email or a virtual video follow up depending on the problem.

Absolutely not. We never charge for any follow up or aftercare. You can contact your doctor at any time for advice, updates and any issues.

No, you can just email your doctor and they will assist you.

No it is not. We are really passionate about putting you in control of your treatment. Everyone responds differently and we may adjust your treatment formula after completing each course based on how your skin responds. That's why we don't think subscriptions make sense for a personalised journey. We leave it up to you to let us know when you need a refill and we make it very easy to order these.

Unfortunately we can only offer our services to customers based in the UK.

Your product(s) will be delivered straight to your home. It usually takes 2-3 business days for products to arrive.

Nope! All our prices are as listed on the website. The fees also include delivery.

Yes!

Compounded treatments like the ones we use are unlicensed medications because they are custom-made for each patient based on a specific formulation tailored to their unique needs. Unlike licensed medications, which are approved by regulatory bodies for general use, compounded treatments are created by pharmacists to meet the specific requirements of an individual patient as prescribed by their doctor. While they do not undergo the same approval process as licensed medications, they offer a personalised approach that can address specific concerns where a licensed treatment doesn't exist effectively under professional supervision.