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Avodart is available, but where can you get it? How much should you take for your hair loss? We have the answers.
Avodart is the brand name for the latest BPH drug that also showed results in treating hair loss (in men only) in Clinical Trials. The only other drug that has performed quite as well under the scrutiny of clinical trials has been Propecia, so all attention is on Avodart as it debuts in the Pharmacies of the United States this month.
Where do I get it?
If you can get your hands on a prescription for it, you can acquire it via pharmacies like RiteAid and Longs Drugs without much hassle. Here in Southern California, RiteAid is offering the medication for $91 per 30 capsules at 0.5mg each. Longs Drugs is offering it at $95.49 for the same quantity. Some resourceful consumers have found online sources like Drugstore.com which are offering the drug for only $74.77 for 30 capsules and $211.99 for 90 capsules. Availability is no longer an issue, however the issues centered around acquiring it are not quite resolved. You still need a prescription, and getting your hands on one may prove to be anywhere from simple to daunting. Despite Drugstore.com's cheap price, they and most other online sources are requiring a faxed or mailed in prescription from a physician. Considering this drug still is not approved for the treatment of hair loss, it may be difficult finding a physician willing to prescribe it.
How much should I take?
Then there is the question of side effects. How much can you take without the risk of side effects? Avodart is being sold in capsules at 0.5mg. Unfortunately, this is the approved dose for BPH sufferers from the ages of 60 to 90 years old, not the finalized dose resulting from trials done on younger men using it to treat their hair loss. In the Phase II hair loss trials, Glaxo the doses tested were 0.1, 0.5, and 2.5mg daily, but since Phase III trials have yet to begin, the significance of the data collected in previous trials has not been defined.
As a result, many consumers have been debating exactly which dose they should take, and making assumptions that up to 2.5mg daily may be sufficient to obtain the amazing results seen in the trial photos.
Dosing at 2.5mg daily would mean taking five 0.5mg capsules daily, which would run you about $100 a week for this treatment.
We spoke to a couple compounding pharmacies, thinking that they might consider custom compounding a 2.5mg dose for single daily use. The general concensus was that it might be possible to do, but the cost would actually be higher due to the compounding fee's associated, so it didn't seem realistic.
Glaxo - Loading Dose and Maintenance Dose?
As an interesting new viewpoint on the possible recommended dosing schedule, HairlossTalk has recently learned that Glaxo made a slight modification to its Phase III trials as far as dosing goes. It seems the plan, were they to continue, was to administer 2.5mg daily to the trial participants only for the first six months, and then reduce dosage to 0.5mg for the following six months.*
This method is worthy of note for several reasons. First off it implies that Glaxo was apparently planning on giving their subjects six months of a full "loading dose" of 2.5 mg/day, followed by six months of a "maintenance dose" of the standard 0.5 mg/day. This is clearly in contrast to what most of us had assumed would be their protocol: a 2.5 mg/day dose from the start, without later modification.
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