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
» ). 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