Dear Dr., I am Male to Female Transsexual who’s been on (finasteride 5 mg, Spironolactone 100 mg, Estradiol and Progesterone) for 14 months now. I am 30 y/o, my body is responding well but my hair isn’t. I get some tiny hairs on my hairline but I loose them, I go through phases of shedding. Recently, I started to read a lot about Avodart but I am debating with my Dr. on the dose.
The 0.5 mg is not intended for Hair loss but higher doses are more effective. Is 1.0 mg better or shall I go with the 2.5 mg? Or is the 0.5 mg effective in my case since my T levels are low? I mentioned my case because my case is unlike any other cases, my body Chemistry is a woman’s but I did not have the Testosterone factory removed yet so I am pretty confused.
Please, I really need your kind advice. My Dr. is unfamiliar with Avodart and for financial issues, I cannot see anyone else. Thanks so much and kindly accept my gratitude.
I’ve answered a related question years ago — Transgender Male-to-Female Taking Dutasteride.
As you aren’t my patient, I am unable to give you specific dosing advice on how to use the various drugs which have an anti-androgen effect. This treatment for balding may not work at all if you triggered the hair loss when you had androgens working in your system. Avodart (dutasteride) may not reverse the hair loss, particularly since you’re looking to regrow the hairline, but it may slow down the loss process, possibly more than finasteride.
I have treated male-to-female transsexuals with hair transplants and provided that the balding pattern is not too advanced, the results are pretty good. I have not treated MTF patients with Avodart, though.