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Dut Maintenance / Only 0.5mg monthly?


#1

I know this is old news but not everybody is up to date such as myself. I always knew that maintenance after one yr with dut can be as little as 0.5mg every other day or possibly stretching it 2 times per week. But in this article Dr. Sawaya indicates that patients can use 0.5mg one time per month(?) as maintenance. If thats the case I think that should remove all fear of the terrible and unknown side effects of dut because taking 0.5mg once a month is not bad at all.

Dr. Sawaya’s Test Patient Reporting Impressive Results With Dutasteride - The New Hair Loss Medication That Will Soon Eclipse Propecia

One of HairSite’s frequent visitors posted in the Dutasteride forum on April 26th, 2002 a certain news article he found in the News4 Jacksonville website (news4jax.com). This news article was dated Feb 18, 2000. In the article, a test patient of Dr. Marty Sawaya’s came forward and reported dramatic results in hair growth while participating in a study for a new hair loss medication. Dr. Sawaya of Ocala is one of the nation’s most highly respected specialists in the filed of hair loss.

The name of the medication was not disclosed in the News4Jax’s article but HairSite’s posters were quick to speculate (as usual) that the medication referred to could very likely be Dutasteride.

HairSite has managed to contact the test subject featured in the News4Jax article. For the purpose of this report, we called the test subject Tom. Tom confirmed that he was one of the 35 test subjects participated in Dr. Sawaya’s study for Dutasteride several years ago.

Tom was about 33 years old when he began the study. According to Tom, Dutasteride had worked wonders for him. Tom was on the medication for about 8 - 10 months (he does not remember exactly how many months, but according to Tom, definitely at least 6 months and no more than a year) and he went from a Norwood 4 - 5 to a Norwood 2 during that period. His hair loss stopped completely 3 weeks after he began the treatment and he witnessed gradual hair growth throughout the rest of the study. No shedding was reported. First visible signs of regrowth were observed at the back and crown area. The regrowth was particularly dense and thick in the back and crown area, but there was noticeable regrowth along the hairlines as well. Absolutely no side effects were reported.

After Tom was taken off the medication, he was requested to visit Dr. Sawaya’s office for blood test and monitoring. It was found that his DHT level had remained low for more than a year after he discontinued taking Dutasteride even though the results tapered off eventually. Dr. Sawaya’s office speculated that because of the medication’s effectiveness, some patients can possibly go on Dutasteride one pill a week or even stretch as far as one pill per month in the maintenance phase. When Tom was on the medication, he was asked to take one pill per day during the 8 - 10 month period. Tom remembered that he was given the highest dose in the study but forgot exactly how many milligrams exactly. He had not used Propecia, Minoxidil or any other hair loss products prior to or during the study.

Tom also added that another benefit of Dutasteride was that the hair on his back fell off while he was on the medication.

Unfortunately, about a year after Tom stopped using Dutasteride, a majority of the Dutasteride induced regrowth started to fall. When asked if he would go back to Dutasteride again when it becomes available, Tom said he was totally devastated that they took him off the study and that he would absolutely go back to the medication as soon as they become available.

There were about 35 other subjects in the study. Tom indicated that he was not able to get in touch with other test patients and he cautioned that his results may be among the most impressive of all.

THANK YOU “TOM” FOR PROVIDING THE TESTIMONIALS


#2

That seems like an incredibly low dosage to me. How much are you currently taking MJ?


#3

I decided to bump up to every other day 0.5mg for the next 18 months. Then I will drop to 1 time per week for 6 months. Afterwards I’ll drop to 0.5mg one time every 2 weeks.

After a years usage with dut you should have experienced the maximum benefits from it and becomes only a matter of maintenance. And ironically, the long life of dut may just turn out to work for you instead of against you because during the maintenance, as Dr Sawaraya(spelling?) indicates, minimal as low as one 0.5 mg monthly may be sufficiant enough to maintain dut’s progress.

Just my thoughts.

» That seems like an incredibly low dosage to me. How much are you currently
» taking MJ?


#4

» After a years usage with dut you should have experienced the maximum
» benefits from it and becomes only a matter of maintenance. And ironically,
» the long life of dut may just turn out to work for you instead of against
» you because during the maintenance, as Dr Sawaraya(spelling?) indicates,
» minimal as low as one 0.5 mg monthly may be sufficiant enough to maintain
» dut’s progress.

Nope. Dr. Sawaya didn’t say that, Dr. Sawaya’s OFFICE suggested that. I’m sure Dr. Sawaya herself would have enough sense not to claim that only 0.5 mg monthly would be enough to “maintain” the results from a much larger dose of 2.5 mg/day. That just ain’t gonna happen.


#5

Thanks Bryan, your input is always appreciated. I asked aquestion on dut/fin a few weeks ago, I’d be thankful if you can give me your input there…

http://www.hairsite.com/hair-loss/forum_entry-id-52849-page-0-category-5-order-last_answer.html

» » After a years usage with dut you should have experienced the maximum
» » benefits from it and becomes only a matter of maintenance. And
» ironically,
» » the long life of dut may just turn out to work for you instead of
» against
» » you because during the maintenance, as Dr Sawaraya(spelling?)
» indicates,
» » minimal as low as one 0.5 mg monthly may be sufficiant enough to
» maintain
» » dut’s progress.
»
» Nope. Dr. Sawaya didn’t say that, Dr. Sawaya’s OFFICE suggested that.
» I’m sure Dr. Sawaya herself would have enough sense not to claim that only
» 0.5 mg monthly would be enough to “maintain” the results from a much larger
» dose of 2.5 mg/day. That just ain’t gonna happen.


#6

MJ… Did you take Propecia beforehand? I’m noticing that my hair is slowly continuing to thin again after my fifth year on Propecia… so perhaps I actually entered that 5th year plateau with it… Is a switch safe? Are the sides the same?


#7

MJ… Did you take Propecia beforehand?
Yes, but then stopped do to lazyness.
I’m noticing that my hair is slowly continuing to thin again after my fifth year on Propecia… so perhaps I actually entered that 5th year plateau with it… Is a switch safe? Are the sides the same?
Switch should be safe and the sides are more or less the same but a bit more severe for some and nothing for others. I have no sides at all so far (except when I was taking 2.5mg like a dummy), others claim to see sides after a few days of starting dut. Only one way to find out for yourself.

Keep 3 things in mind 1) its not FDA approved 2) the TYPE I DHT it blocks is found in the brain, but the function of it unknown. There’s no telling of what the consequences will be down the road of eliminating Type I DHT 3) After a year of use with dut you can dramatically decrease your dose frequency and take 0.5mg once per week for maintenance. At 1 yr use of fin, minox, or dut the maximum effects are usually achieved (if any) and is only maintenance from there on.

By the way, many people are detered from using dut or stop using dut due to its severe shed. I can’t emphasize enough that the shed is a normal thing and a good sign. There is no scientific data proving dut causing shed and never returns the hair that shed. I went through a shed and now my hair is fine - but something tells me I’m due for another shed shortly.


#8

A well-known and frequent poster by the name of Andy G used Dut when it first came out.

Andy was a balls-to-the-wall treatment guy using heavy doses of everything and anything, and achieved great results.

The last update I read from him–which was a couple of years back–was that he was down to 1 Dut capsule a week, minox once a day, and folligen once a day, and he was holding onto all of his gains.


#9

» A well-known and frequent poster by the name of Andy G used Dut when it
» first came out.
»
» Andy was a balls-to-the-wall treatment guy using heavy doses of everything
» and anything, and achieved great results.
»
» The last update I read from him–which was a couple of years back–was
» that he was down to 1 Dut capsule a week, minox once a day, and folligen
» once a day, and he was holding onto all of his gains.

Yeh so he got the best out of the products then went into maintenance stage. I wonder if Andy G sadly stopped posting? I’d be eager to know how things are holding for him.


#10

Haven’t seen a post from him in years. Last I heard he was maintaining quite well.


#11

I remember hearing that he passed away. But at the funeral I was told that his hair looked great.


#12

» I remember hearing that he passed away. But at the funeral I was told that
» his hair looked great.

the guinea pig died during the experiment despite the excellent results it was showing^^

PS: I apology in advance to those that don’t chew the black humor


#13

I am awfully comfortable to have originate this thread! I have been appraisal and at times reorganization.