How Dutasteride utterly destroyed my hair and why you shouldn't take it

Caillou

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I seriously still don't know why this shitty drug is still being used by people. I've searched all-over the internet and found at most 5 cases where they regrowed hair using dutasteride and like a hundred else including me where we lost sh*t-ton of hair or got side effects

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I'm 21 years old male, have started losing hair 6 years ago around my temples and the area between the midscalp and frontal hairline. The loss had been slow and mostly unnoticeable thinning, some times got worse and other times it was better, but overall i was a fullhead to everyone unless you were an expert Norwood-spotter which most people aren't

Around 3 months ago i started to worry about losing further hair and wanted to perserve. My shedding was normal especially since i have a dandruff condition, and i started taking dutasteride 0.5 mg EOD and thought i was doing good

That was my hair during march which was 2.5 months ago

Dry under lights :-

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Wet under normal lights :-

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Wet under harsh lights 1.5 months ago :-

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Basically a fullhead. But as soon as i popped that shitty pill, i started shedding over 300 follicles EVERY SINGLE DAY. Each time i combed my hair i lost around 50 minimum, shedding from my hairline, my sides, my back and the itching increased dramatically especially in my crown (which now as a balding spot along with the rest of my massacred hairline)

After 2 months of this terrible shed i couldn't style my hair anymore, looked in the mirror and found that my left temple basically disappeared along with the area behind hairline and went to diffuse thinning NW3 with thinning sides and back and a bald spot on crown from a relatively all-over thick NW2 in TWO MONTHS

This is my hair right now after i had to shave due to losing all 60% of my density in two months, even took Spironolactone 200 MG and it just made things even worse

Nowadays dry under normal lights :-

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So my advice to you guys is to stay away from that unproven scam drug and take a low dose of finasteride and get transplants instead. My itch now disappeared after stopping it and i think my shedding has decreased as well and i hope that somehow i will regain even just some of my hair back instead of going full bald in less than a year
 

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I mean your hair was not bad for a start and why did you try Dutasteride first? Why not Finasteride? the hair will grow back so don’t panic and what brand medication did you use?
 

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Androgenetic alopecia keeps surprising me. I think im in the same situation (or worse). Im a difusse thinner since 16yo. Started Duta 6 months ago because finasteride wasnt doing sh*t and my shedding was incressing. The shedding stopped about 2 months ago but now I m like your frontal shaved picture (or WORSE). The light really shines in my scalp an reflects it.

idk why is it called androgenetic alopecia because when you cut out the androgens, it just gets worse. the DHT paradox of growing hair on the body but killing it on the scalp, becomes a double paradox when you eliminate DHT and it kills even MORE your hair.

Lets think about this for a second. Could it be quantity? Maybe people who dont suffer from androgenetic alopecia do need DHT (your scalp was full of hairs and then you cut the supply of dht).

Could it be that too much testosterone kills hair? (less converted testosterone = more overal testosterone) but testosterone has a lower affinity to the androgen receptor.

Seriously, the only thing I can see here is an unnecessary shedding. Usually we view shedding as a good thing because it means the drug is working BUT in your case, the shedding is affecting very healthy hairs. You arne't alone tho. People shed after 9 months on finasteride, so instead of freaking out like "this drug sucks", lets think on "why is cutting the DHT supply isnt working".
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I will do more research and get back on you
 
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Caillou

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I mean your hair was not bad for a start and why did you try Dutasteride first? Why not Finasteride? the hair will grow back so don’t panic and what brand medication did you use?
i was greedy and wanted regrowth to get back to NW1 that's why i tried Dutasteride, i'm paying the price for my greed now

And the brand is Avodart which is the most legit Dutasteride as far as i know
 

Caillou

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Could it be that too much testosterone kills hair? (less converted testosterone = more overal testosterone) but testosterone has a lower affinity to the androgen receptor
idk man since i used Spironolactone when i was so depressed which kills T and it made things even worse and i kept itching more. I'm off both of them now and i'm much better mentally but i hope we will both regrow our lost hair
 

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Yup can confirm same happened to me. I'm about 6 weeks off it and I'm starting to see vellus hairs where there weren't any before, plus shedding seems less. Avoid that sh*t, gone back to finasteride only and have been on for the past 8 years.
 

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Yup can confirm same happened to me. I'm about 6 weeks off it and I'm starting to see vellus hairs where there weren't any before, plus shedding seems less. Avoid that sh*t, gone back to finasteride only and have been on for the past 8 years.
Can you tell me more about your experience please?
 

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Nothing to tell, same as yours. No benefits but loads of losses, sex drive got worse too
i've had opposite reaction to the sex drive stuff, i felt like my penis was always tingling lol. It was like i was always sexually simulated and i could masturbate for 4 times consecutively without problems. After getting off of it i had a crash and my sex drive is recovering slowly
 

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What a mistake to jump right onto Dutasteride at first sign of hair thinning. The worst thing you can do right now is stop. I went through the samething but much worse and for much longer. My shed lasted almost 12 months. Good knowledgeable dudes like Bryan (RIP), El Duterino, and many others said to wait it out and I did. No matter how much I panicked I could not understand why it would be a cause of hair loss. I waited it out to the point I started wearing concealer and then baseball cap every single day. Eventually my hair regrew what it lost plus some. Thickness was insane.

I can’t emphasize this enough, shedding after treatment is a good sign and to wait it out. If people don’t want sheds then stay off treatments entirely and go bald in grace.
 

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What a mistake to jump right onto Dutasteride at first sign of hair thinning. The worst thing you can do right now is stop. I went through the samething but much worse and for much longer. My shed lasted almost 12 months. Good knowledgeable dudes like Bryan (RIP), El Duterino, and many others said to wait it out and I did. No matter how much I panicked I could not understand why it would be a cause of hair loss. I waited it out to the point I started wearing concealer and then baseball cap every single day. Eventually my hair regrew what it lost plus some. Thickness was insane.

I can’t emphasize this enough, shedding after treatment is a good sign and to wait it out. If people don’t want sheds then stay off treatments entirely and go bald in grace.
In my case I was on it for 18 months and shed the entire time. No thanks
 

Caillou

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What a mistake to jump right onto Dutasteride at first sign of hair thinning. The worst thing you can do right now is stop. I went through the samething but much worse and for much longer. My shed lasted almost 12 months. Good knowledgeable dudes like Bryan (RIP), El Duterino, and many others said to wait it out and I did. No matter how much I panicked I could not understand why it would be a cause of hair loss. I waited it out to the point I started wearing concealer and then baseball cap every single day. Eventually my hair regrew what it lost plus some. Thickness was insane.

I can’t emphasize this enough, shedding after treatment is a good sign and to wait it out. If people don’t want sheds then stay off treatments entirely and go bald in grace.
The problem isn't just the shedding. It's also oily scalp and skin, acne that i didn't have before, increased itching, increased sex drive and penis sensations, something just isn't right with my body

I quit now and the itching is much better, i hope i will recover what i lost and then i will look into other medications that won't mess with my hormonal profile
 

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Did you get any blood tests done?

Remember, dutasteride (and finasteride) can increase Testosterone by a fair bit, which while not as potent as DHT, still can negatively affect your hair.
 

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The problem isn't just the shedding. It's also oily scalp and skin, acne that i didn't have before, increased itching, increased sex drive and penis sensations, something just isn't right with my body

I quit now and the itching is much better, i hope i will recover what i lost and then i will look into other medications that won't mess with my hormonal profile

What you’re describing sounds like a result of increased testosterone. It can raise your test levels by about 20%. That will cause increased sex drive, penile sensations, and itching especially when your androgen receptors are very sensitive. If your ar’s are that sensitive add topical ketokonazole shampoo into your regimen.
Pardon my error, I should have mentioned that in my previous post. I eventually added ketokonazole shampoo 2% to counteract.

Sad part is you may have basically accelerated your own hair loss. Best of luck brother.
 

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His hair was so nice and thick it almost looks like a hairpiece. If you’re off dutasteride for good, just use finasteride and minoxidil on your frontal regions as you should have on day 1 instead of dutasteride
 

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Did you get any blood tests done?

Remember, dutasteride (and finasteride) can increase Testosterone by a fair bit, which while not as potent as DHT, still can negatively affect your hair.
No i didn't get any blood tests done

Also i attempted spironolactone when i was desperate and it made my itching and things worse in general, then what's the culprit here? I think my AR sensitivity has increased somehow due to messing with my hormones
 

Caillou

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What you’re describing sounds like a result of increased testosterone. It can raise your test levels by about 20%. That will cause increased sex drive, penile sensations, and itching especially when your androgen receptors are very sensitive. If your ar’s are that sensitive add topical ketokonazole shampoo into your regimen.
Pardon my error, I should have mentioned that in my previous post. I eventually added ketokonazole shampoo 2% to counteract.

Sad part is you may have basically accelerated your own hair loss. Best of luck brother.
Thank you, i don't think it's testosterone alone since i took 200 MG spironolactone when i was desperate and it didn't do anything for me except making things worse somehow
 
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