Finasteride And Dutasteride In The Treatment Of Androgenetic Alopecia: Risk Or Benefit?

    Eduardo Rosa Lucca, Patrícia Stadler Rosa Lucca
    TLDR Finasteride and dutasteride may help prevent hair loss but could cause side effects like sexual dysfunction and psychological issues.
    Finasteride and dutasteride are commonly used treatments for androgenetic alopecia, which is influenced by genetic and environmental factors and characterized by an excessive response to androgens. These medications work by inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, which converts testosterone into DHT, thereby preventing the progression of hair loss. However, there is concern about potential side effects, including sexual dysfunction and psychological disorders, in some users. The scientific community is currently debating whether the benefits of using these 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors outweigh the risks, as new treatment methodologies for androgenetic alopecia emerge.
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