Question: I am 30 years old. I’ve been diagnosed with both androgenic alopecia and alopecia areata. My dermatologist suggested I should start a treatment with injections of minoxidil and dutasteride on my scalp but after researching the matter on the internet, I discovered that dutasteride is not safe for women.What is your opinion on the matter?
Answer: Hi, Kate. It is fairly common for people to have two hair loss conditions simultaneously. However, in terms of treatments, I find that recommendation a little shocking although it might be possible that you were recommended steroid injections for the alopecia areata.
I have never heard of a dutasteride injection, perhaps this was meant to treat the androgenic alopecia (female pattern hair loss). However, dutasteride (brand name Avodart) is not licensed to treat this type of hair loss for either men or women, and should only be used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia in men.
At Belgravia we generally treat alopecia areata with a high strength minoxidil applied topically – not via injection. Minoxidil may also be used as part of a comprehensive female hair loss treatment course which can also include a range of personalised hair growth boosters, specific to your needs.
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