The efficacy and safety of dutasteride compared with finasteride in treating men with androgenetic alopecia: a systematic review and meta-analysis
RESULTS: Three articles including 576 participants which compared dutasteride with finasteride were selected for our analysis. The mean change in total hair count (mean difference [MD], 28.57; 95% CI, 18.75–38.39; P<0.00001), investigator’s assessment of global photographs for the vertex (MD, 0.68; 95% CI, 0.13–1.23; P=0.02) and frontal (MD, 0.63; 95% CI, 0.13–1.13; P=0.01) views, panel global photographic assessment for the vertex (MD, 0.17; 95% CI, 0.09–0.24; P<0.00001) and frontal (MD, 0.25; 95% CI, 0.18–0.31; P<0.00001) views, and subjects’ assessment (MD, 0.56; 95% CI, 0.18–0.94; P=0.003) suggested that dutasteride provided a better efficacy in treating men with AGA compared with finasteride. With regard to the assessment of safety, altered libido (P=0.54), erectile dysfunction (P=0.07), and ejaculation disorders (P=0.58), dutasteride did not show a significant difference compared with finasteride.
CONCLUSION: Dutasteride seems to provide a better efficacy compared with finasteride in treating AGA. The two drugs appear to show similar rates of adverse reactions, especially in sexual dysfunction.