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#101

Thanks for your input. It’s funny you mentioned it because this morning I went through this thread I started an had no idea I have been taking dutasteride for so long. Granted it was on and off and maybe one capsule a week for the first few months, but nonetheless, it’s almost been one whole year already(!?!?) Also, after a long contemplation and reviews of my posts (really helped jog my memory, this log) I’ve come to the conclusion that my shed was unlikely from the dut (maybe partially) but mainly after I upped my nizoral2% to everyday usage. Less than 20 days later I experienced the monster shed, meanwhile I was on dut for over 6 months already at the point.

Furthermore, I’ve also concluded that dutasteride has not been worth my while. Back then when I used to take finasteride I responded very well and should have continued once again with finasteride rather than dut. I thought dut would revive my crown entirely, to which it has not. Therefore, I will complete 2 more months with dutasteride to keep my promise of using it for at least 1 year to see full results, and will afterwards taper off slowly until I reach 1 capsule per week and ease into taking finasteride while simultaneously stopping dut. I only fear another shed when this slow change takes place. I will post new pics of my crown in 30 days for comparision.

My opinion of dutasteride thus far? I think dutasteride should be the abslute last resort of one’s remedy to slowing and/or halting hairloss. Only after finasteride has been exhausted with years of treatment until it stops working should dutasteride then be conidered as it’s more potent and stronger.

Regardless of the sheds I have not stopped taking dut but only decreased niz from everyday use to 2x/weekly usage.

» MJ2003, I commend you for documenting your experience for others and I am
» definitely not having a pop at you but have you ever taken a step back and
» thought about whether this is all worth it ?
»
» Maybe my view is too far removed from yours, I am a NW6 who buzzes on a 0#
» guard down to stubble, I think it looks OK but of course I miss the image
» in my head of how I think I should still look. I do not have as much hair
» as you and given the choice I would obviously prefer not to suffer MPB but
» if it means having to go through what you do every day - the health risks;
» the time; the emotional rollercoaster of such sheds; - I wouldn’t even
» consider trading places, it would be my worst nightmare.
»
» I come on these boards looking for an HT (not a good enough candidate with
» current procedures unfortunately) or for HM (‘within 5 years’ as usual :slight_smile:
» ). Perhaps I just don’t care enough about hair loss - I would be prepared
» to pay big bucks but not the constant time and health risks that these
» drugs require.
»
»
» I figure these are all judgement calls we have to make. I wish you the
» best of luck and thanks again for documenting your journey to help others -
» it just goes to show that we all have massively different tolerances and
» priorities.


#102

Thanks for the update.Allthough I don’t understand why you call dutasterige the last remedy when it’s not a remedy at all.It only caused more hair for you to shed,right?

» Thanks for your input. It’s funny you mentioned it because this morning I
» went through this thread I started an had no idea I have been taking
» dutasteride for so long. Granted it was on and off and maybe one capsule a
» week for the first few months, but nonetheless, it’s almost been one whole
» year already(!?!?) Also, after a long contemplation and reviews of my posts
» (really helped jog my memory, this log) I’ve come to the conclusion that my
» shed was unlikely from the dut (maybe partially) but mainly after I upped
» my nizoral2% to everyday usage. Less than 20 days later I experienced the
» monster shed, meanwhile I was on dut for over 6 months already at the
» point.
»
» Furthermore, I’ve also concluded that dutasteride has not been worth my
» while. Back then when I used to take finasteride I responded very well and
» should have continued once again with finasteride rather than dut. I
» thought dut would revive my crown entirely, to which it has not. Therefore,
» I will complete 2 more months with dutasteride to keep my promise of using
» it for at least 1 year to see full results, and will afterwards taper off
» slowly until I reach 1 capsule per week and ease into taking finasteride
» while simultaneously stopping dut. I only fear another shed when this slow
» change takes place. I will post new pics of my crown in 30 days for
» comparision.
»
» My opinion of dutasteride thus far? I think dutasteride should be the
» abslute last resort of one’s remedy to slowing and/or halting hairloss.
» Only after finasteride has been exhausted with years of treatment until it
» stops working should dutasteride then be conidered as it’s more potent and
» stronger.
»
» Regardless of the sheds I have not stopped taking dut but only decreased
» niz from everyday use to 2x/weekly usage.
»
» » MJ2003, I commend you for documenting your experience for others and I
» am
» » definitely not having a pop at you but have you ever taken a step back
» and
» » thought about whether this is all worth it ?
» »
» » Maybe my view is too far removed from yours, I am a NW6 who buzzes on a
» 0#
» » guard down to stubble, I think it looks OK but of course I miss the
» image
» » in my head of how I think I should still look. I do not have as much
» hair
» » as you and given the choice I would obviously prefer not to suffer MPB
» but
» » if it means having to go through what you do every day - the health
» risks;
» » the time; the emotional rollercoaster of such sheds; - I wouldn’t even
» » consider trading places, it would be my worst nightmare.
» »
» » I come on these boards looking for an HT (not a good enough candidate
» with
» » current procedures unfortunately) or for HM (‘within 5 years’ as usual
» :slight_smile:
» » ). Perhaps I just don’t care enough about hair loss - I would be
» prepared
» » to pay big bucks but not the constant time and health risks that these
» » drugs require.
» »
» »
» » I figure these are all judgement calls we have to make. I wish you the
» » best of luck and thanks again for documenting your journey to help
» others -
» » it just goes to show that we all have massively different tolerances
» and
» » priorities.


#103

» yes my shed still occurs. i missed my dut for the past 4 days because i’ve
» been extremely ill. i don’t think ure experiencing a shed if ure not sure.
» u’ll know when ure getting a shed with no doubts. and one week is too early
» in my opinion for a shed to begin.
»
»
» » » Since adding Ginkgo Biloba I notice I’m much more focused and alert.
»
» » »
» » » I recommend this stuff to ANYONE (as long as you don’t have illnesses
» » with
» » » easy and perfusive bleeding).
» » »
» » » I’m sure it will only get better within time and will enhance the
» » benefits
» » » of dutasteride as well.
» »
» » hey mj,
» »
» » still experiencing any shed? i’ve been on dut for about a week now… no
» » noticeable side effects so far… i’m feeling fine… and i think i’m
» already
» » losing less hair than before… hard to say for sure… it’s hard to
» » differentiate between what’s real and what one wants to believe.
» »
» » hairman


#104

Hi MJ…I have been using fin for the past few years on and off but at the beginning it was quite consistent. I’d stop for a few months and then get back on it due to fear of side effects such as my libido. In the past few months I have once again been very strict with it and have also started using 2% minoxidil again. I have read a lot about what dut can do so I actually started 0.5 mg today. I had the drug for a couple of months now but was hesitant to use it because of the increased shedding that occurs. Today I decided to go for it. I came across this forum and was happy to see that someone out there was documenting their experiences with dut. But I’m confused now…why are you saying that dut is not worth it anymore and why do you want to stop using it??

» Thanks for your input. It’s funny you mentioned it because this morning I
» went through this thread I started an had no idea I have been taking
» dutasteride for so long. Granted it was on and off and maybe one capsule a
» week for the first few months, but nonetheless, it’s almost been one whole
» year already(!?!?) Also, after a long contemplation and reviews of my posts
» (really helped jog my memory, this log) I’ve come to the conclusion that my
» shed was unlikely from the dut (maybe partially) but mainly after I upped
» my nizoral2% to everyday usage. Less than 20 days later I experienced the
» monster shed, meanwhile I was on dut for over 6 months already at the
» point.
»
» Furthermore, I’ve also concluded that dutasteride has not been worth my
» while. Back then when I used to take finasteride I responded very well and
» should have continued once again with finasteride rather than dut. I
» thought dut would revive my crown entirely, to which it has not. Therefore,
» I will complete 2 more months with dutasteride to keep my promise of using
» it for at least 1 year to see full results, and will afterwards taper off
» slowly until I reach 1 capsule per week and ease into taking finasteride
» while simultaneously stopping dut. I only fear another shed when this slow
» change takes place. I will post new pics of my crown in 30 days for
» comparision.
»
» My opinion of dutasteride thus far? I think dutasteride should be the
» abslute last resort of one’s remedy to slowing and/or halting hairloss.
» Only after finasteride has been exhausted with years of treatment until it
» stops working should dutasteride then be conidered as it’s more potent and
» stronger.
»
» Regardless of the sheds I have not stopped taking dut but only decreased
» niz from everyday use to 2x/weekly usage.
»
» » MJ2003, I commend you for documenting your experience for others and I
» am
» » definitely not having a pop at you but have you ever taken a step back
» and
» » thought about whether this is all worth it ?
» »
» » Maybe my view is too far removed from yours, I am a NW6 who buzzes on a
» 0#
» » guard down to stubble, I think it looks OK but of course I miss the
» image
» » in my head of how I think I should still look. I do not have as much
» hair
» » as you and given the choice I would obviously prefer not to suffer MPB
» but
» » if it means having to go through what you do every day - the health
» risks;
» » the time; the emotional rollercoaster of such sheds; - I wouldn’t even
» » consider trading places, it would be my worst nightmare.
» »
» » I come on these boards looking for an HT (not a good enough candidate
» with
» » current procedures unfortunately) or for HM (‘within 5 years’ as usual
» :slight_smile:
» » ). Perhaps I just don’t care enough about hair loss - I would be
» prepared
» » to pay big bucks but not the constant time and health risks that these
» » drugs require.
» »
» »
» » I figure these are all judgement calls we have to make. I wish you the
» » best of luck and thanks again for documenting your journey to help
» others -
» » it just goes to show that we all have massively different tolerances
» and
» » priorities.


#105

I’ve been on dut since aproximately 8 months now. I used 0.5mg Dut by the indian company “Dr. Reddy”. I can’t say it was worth the effort and the risk I took. Maybe my expectations were set too high to begin with. I did not experience any improvement or even fully retain my hair. Perhaps it slowed things down to some extent. I have 10 tablets left and I’ll be flying to india over christmas, so i am not sure what i will do. Maybe i will take a double dose of finesterid to bridge the gap between my visit to india and when my tablets finish. I’m also concerned that perhaps with finesterid things wld have been even worse!? And i will experience some catch-up hair loss!?

On a side note however I really cant say that i experienced any side effects… perhaps a decreased semen production and very mild erectile trouble but I’m not even sure if i pursuading myself to imagine these issues after having read about it so often. None the less Dut is definatly not a miracle drug… and I dare to say it probably has very little benefit over fin.

good luck guys.


#106

» I’ve been on dut since aproximately 8 months now. I used 0.5mg Dut by the
» indian company “Dr. Reddy”. I can’t say it was worth the effort and the
» risk I took. Maybe my expectations were set too high to begin with. I did
» not experience any improvement or even fully retain my hair. Perhaps it
» slowed things down to some extent. I have 10 tablets left and I’ll be
» flying to india over christmas, so i am not sure what i will do. Maybe i
» will take a double dose of finesterid to bridge the gap between my visit to
» india and when my tablets finish. I’m also concerned that perhaps with
» finesterid things wld have been even worse!? And i will experience some
» catch-up hair loss!?
»
» On a side note however I really cant say that i experienced any side
» effects… perhaps a decreased semen production and very mild erectile
» trouble but I’m not even sure if i pursuading myself to imagine these
» issues after having read about it so often. None the less Dut is definatly
» not a miracle drug… and I dare to say it probably has very little benefit
» over fin.
»
» good luck guys.

Is you hairloss in the front or the crown? DUT seems to work well for regrowth in the crown but not so much in the hairline or temples.


#107

» » I’ve been on dut since aproximately 8 months now. I used 0.5mg Dut by
» the
» » indian company “Dr. Reddy”. I can’t say it was worth the effort and the
» » risk I took. Maybe my expectations were set too high to begin with. I
» did
» » not experience any improvement or even fully retain my hair. Perhaps it
» » slowed things down to some extent. I have 10 tablets left and I’ll be
» » flying to india over christmas, so i am not sure what i will do. Maybe
» i
» » will take a double dose of finesterid to bridge the gap between my visit
» to
» » india and when my tablets finish. I’m also concerned that perhaps with
» » finesterid things wld have been even worse!? And i will experience some
» » catch-up hair loss!?
» »
» » On a side note however I really cant say that i experienced any side
» » effects… perhaps a decreased semen production and very mild erectile
» » trouble but I’m not even sure if i pursuading myself to imagine these
» » issues after having read about it so often. None the less Dut is
» definatly
» » not a miracle drug… and I dare to say it probably has very little
» benefit
» » over fin.
» »
» » good luck guys.
»
» Is you hairloss in the front or the crown? DUT seems to work well for
» regrowth in the crown but not so much in the hairline or temples.

my hairloss mainly affects my crown the frontline is hardly thinning


#108

0.5mg daily
niz 2% 2-3x/wk

A quick update before I’m off again. For those who have a hard time following this because it’s so lengthy, I’ll recap everything and summarize it all this weekend. But to date I’m still shedding terribly. My crown improved a few months into dut, but its been 3-4 months now that my shedding wont stop and my crown-loss has expanded pretty badly. Im only using dut and niz 2%. I cant understand why the shed is taking so long… my only hope is to weigh it out and hope for a regrowth.

If I could go back would I take dut? No, I should have taken finasteride.

I’ll document this with photos very soon as well.

I’m hoping Bryan would chime in on this. Not sure if sheds this long are normal.


#109

» 0.5mg daily
» niz 2% 2-3x/wk
»
» A quick update before I’m off again. For those who have a hard time
» following this because it’s so lengthy, I’ll recap everything and summarize
» it all this weekend. But to date I’m still shedding terribly. My crown
» improved a few months into dut, but its been 3-4 months now that my
» shedding wont stop and my crown-loss has expanded pretty badly. Im only
» using dut and niz 2%. I cant understand why the shed is taking so long…
» my only hope is to weigh it out and hope for a regrowth.
»
» If I could go back would I take dut? No, I should have taken finasteride.
»
» I’ll document this with photos very soon as well.
»
» I’m hoping Bryan would chime in on this. Not sure if sheds this long are
» normal.

Shed has decreased considerably. This is a good sign. I hope it’s the begining to see improvement.


#110

well, 10 days shy of month 12 actually…

Shedding, particularly in the shower (where it’s always most alarming) is almost unnoticable. If I had to put a number of hairs shedding in the shower I would say less 10-14.

I must admit, after using the nizoral my feels extremely thick and looks puffy. But it only lasts for a day or two.

I’m tempted to add minoxidil to my regimen now. I can’t notice a difference in the crown from where I started with. Maybe the growth phase hasn’t kicked in yet.

I notice this thread has been viewed well over 6,000 people. I hope it gives insight to a lot of people. I will continue to log my progress for as long as I can. The first misconception I want to rule out is that “dutasteride made my hair worse than before. I lost tons of hair. it’s a horrible drug”. I was actually in that phase for over 3 months. I was very very tempted to stop the usage. it was so bad I was seeking a hair transplant and calling different clinics for their views on the drug. The best advise I received was from jotronic from hasson and wong. he said to continue to use it. i continued, and my shed has come to a halt after practicaly murdering my hair. my hair is on the thicker side now with nomore shedding. i am convinced regrowth will take place in the next few weeks or months. stay tuned…

Oh, and one more thing. I forgot to log this down but at the time i was too busy to post anything. A few months ago my libido suffered a little. I researched it and read that thes sides from dut will go away with contued usage. So i continued and now its about 3 months that everything is perfectly fine. All in all, no sides…zip…zero…nada :slight_smile:


#111

» well, 10 days shy of month 12 actually…
»
» Shedding, particularly in the shower (where it’s always most alarming) is
» almost unnoticable. If I had to put a number of hairs shedding in the
» shower I would say less 10-14.
»
» I must admit, after using the nizoral my feels extremely thick and looks
» puffy. But it only lasts for a day or two.
»
» I’m tempted to add minoxidil to my regimen now. I can’t notice a
» difference in the crown from where I started with. Maybe the growth phase
» hasn’t kicked in yet.
»
» I notice this thread has been viewed by nearly 7,000 people. I hope it
» gives insight to a lot of people. I will continue to log my progress for as
» long as I can. The first misconception I want to rule out is that
» “dutasteride made my hair worse than before. I lost tons of hair. it’s a
» horrible drug”. I was actually in that phase for over 3 months. I was very
» very tempted to stop the usage. it was so bad I was seeking a hair
» transplant and calling different clinics for their views on the drug. The
» best advise I received was from jotronic from hasson and wong. he said to
» continue to use it. i continued, and my shed has come to a halt after
» practicaly murdering my hair. my hair is on the thicker side now with
» nomore shedding. i am convinced regrowth will take place in the next few
» weeks or months. stay tuned…
»
» Oh, and one more thing. I forgot to log this down but at the time i was
» too busy to post anything. A few months ago my libido suffered a little. I
» researched it and read that thes sides from dut will go away with contued
» usage. So i continued and now its about 3 months that everything is
» perfectly fine. All in all, no sides…zip…zero…nada :slight_smile:


#112

Great to hear that the sides went away…did you only suffer “a little” libido loss or was it noticeable? I had problems with prop thats why I had to stop it…

I read that some people that used prop had their skin look older and they started to look 10 to 20 years older in their face…did you notice any of that with Dut?


#113

» Great to hear that the sides went away…did you only suffer “a little”
» libido loss or was it noticeable? I had problems with prop thats why I had
» to stop it…
»
» I read that some people that used prop had their skin look older and they
» started to look 10 to 20 years older in their face…did you notice any of
» that with Dut?

It looks like the troll got deported. HaHaHaHa

Rnoram, at first it was a little noticable but eventually became very noticable. But I’m fine now.
I had no sides from propecia a few yrs back, took it for 2 yrs, and I noticed no aging look. This is the first I heard of this type of side. Nor have I noticed anything like this with dut, or any other side with dut for that matter. Bro, aging 10-20 yrs in the face is insane. How can anyone miss this side and go unreported?


#114

»
» Rnoram, at first it was a little noticable but eventually became very
» noticable. But I’m fine now.
» I had no sides from propecia a few yrs back, took it for 2 yrs, and I
» noticed no aging look. This is the first I heard of this type of side. Nor
» have I noticed anything like this with dut, or any other side with dut for
» that matter. Bro, aging 10-20 yrs in the face is insane. How can anyone
» miss this side and go unreported?

I’ve noticed an aging effect while being on dut. But then again, I might just be getting old.


#115

» »
» » Rnoram, at first it was a little noticable but eventually became very
» » noticable. But I’m fine now.
» » I had no sides from propecia a few yrs back, took it for 2 yrs, and I
» » noticed no aging look. This is the first I heard of this type of side.
» Nor
» » have I noticed anything like this with dut, or any other side with dut
» for
» » that matter. Bro, aging 10-20 yrs in the face is insane. How can anyone
» » miss this side and go unreported?
»
» I’ve noticed an aging effect while being on dut. But then again, I might
» just be getting old.

lol hopefully not that fast.
is this one of the sides associated with dut? rapid aging? i actually sometimes wonder y i don’t look as old as some of my peers do.


#116

» lol hopefully not that fast.
» is this one of the sides associated with dut? rapid aging? i actually
» sometimes wonder y i don’t look as old as some of my peers do.

I’ve been dut for about 4-5 months, and I’m hitting a pretty bad shed. I had a young hairline without any loss at the temples, and I’m starting to get some recession there. Then again, I’m old enough to have a “mature hairline”, so maybe that’s just what’s happening. How long was your shed? I’ve heard months.


#117

» » lol hopefully not that fast.
» » is this one of the sides associated with dut? rapid aging? i actually
» » sometimes wonder y i don’t look as old as some of my peers do.
»
» I’ve been dut for about 4-5 months, and I’m hitting a pretty bad shed. I
» had a young hairline without any loss at the temples, and I’m starting to
» get some recession there. Then again, I’m old enough to have a “mature
» hairline”, so maybe that’s just what’s happening. How long was your shed?
» I’ve heard months.

the biggest shed i experienced was the most recent which lasted just over 3 months.


#118

» » » lol hopefully not that fast.
» » » is this one of the sides associated with dut? rapid aging? i actually
» » » sometimes wonder y i don’t look as old as some of my peers do.
» »
» » I’ve been dut for about 4-5 months, and I’m hitting a pretty bad shed.
» I
» » had a young hairline without any loss at the temples, and I’m starting
» to
» » get some recession there. Then again, I’m old enough to have a “mature
» » hairline”, so maybe that’s just what’s happening. How long was your
» shed?
» » I’ve heard months.
»
» the biggest shed i experienced was the most recent which lasted just over
» 3 months.

When did it start? 3 months in? 5 months in? etc.


#119

» » » » lol hopefully not that fast.
» » » » is this one of the sides associated with dut? rapid aging? i
» actually
» » » » sometimes wonder y i don’t look as old as some of my peers do.
» » »
» » » I’ve been dut for about 4-5 months, and I’m hitting a pretty bad shed.
»
» » I
» » » had a young hairline without any loss at the temples, and I’m
» starting
» » to
» » » get some recession there. Then again, I’m old enough to have a
» “mature
» » » hairline”, so maybe that’s just what’s happening. How long was your
» » shed?
» » » I’ve heard months.
» »
» » the biggest shed i experienced was the most recent which lasted just
» over
» » 3 months.
»
» When did it start? 3 months in? 5 months in? etc.

i would say that about 4-6 months in on regular and consistant dose and treatment i experienced the massive shed.


#120

» » » » » lol hopefully not that fast.
» » » » » is this one of the sides associated with dut? rapid aging? i
» » actually
» » » » » sometimes wonder y i don’t look as old as some of my peers do.
» » » »
» » » » I’ve been dut for about 4-5 months, and I’m hitting a pretty bad
» shed.
» »
» » » I
» » » » had a young hairline without any loss at the temples, and I’m
» » starting
» » » to
» » » » get some recession there. Then again, I’m old enough to have a
» » “mature
» » » » hairline”, so maybe that’s just what’s happening. How long was
» your
» » » shed?
» » » » I’ve heard months.
» » »
» » » the biggest shed i experienced was the most recent which lasted just
» » over
» » » 3 months.
» »
» » When did it start? 3 months in? 5 months in? etc.
»
» i would say that about 4-6 months in on regular and consistant dose and
» treatment i experienced the massive shed.

Well, I guess I’m in for a ride then. But reading your posts and those of others, my only option is to see it through. Did you have bad recession at the temples?