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What is Dutasteride?
What is Dutasteride? Dutasteride is a type I and II 5 a-reductase inhibitor. It was originally developed for use for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in the early 2000s. It is not currently licensed for use in hair loss in the USA and the UK, however it is licensed for use in hair loss in South Korea (2009) and Japan (2015). Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a metabolite of the male hormone testosterone and is considered to be destructive to...

How does finasteride work?
How does finasteride work? Ever seen the Game of Thrones? Do you recall the eunuch? What was it about him that stands out in particular? You know Varys, the Master of Whisperers? Be honest, it was the fact that he was bald. If I said the bald one you would know in an instant who I was talking about. Well, why am I talking about bald eunuchs? The reason involves finasteride and hair loss. Allow me to explain. It was Hippocrates who first observed that eunuchs did...

How does DHT cause hair loss?
How does DHT cause hair loss? What is DHT? Whenever the topic of hair loss is brought up these three letters are found not far behind , but what do they stand for? Dihydrotestosterone DHT stands for dihydrotestosterone and is a an active metabolite or derivative of testosterone. In fact, DHT is much more potent than its parent testosterone and binds more strongly with the androgen receptor. Think of the androg...

What is minoxidil?
Minoxidil, an Introduction In 1965, the pharmaceutical company Upjohn, which now is a part of Pfizer, discovered that a derivative of piperidino-pyrimidine was a powerful vasodilator in dogs. This ability to cause vasodilation, or opening up of the blood vessels, made it a lucrative addition to the arsenal of drugs used to treat hypertension. The plan was to use it to treat refractory hypertension, which is defined as blood pressure that had r...

Hair Loss Become an Educated Consumer
Hair Loss Become an Educated Consumer Hair loss is a stressful experience in those unfortunate enough to suff...

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