Which medications in the drug class 5-Alpha-Reductase Inhibitors are used in the treatment of Androgen Excess?

Updated: Mar 14, 2018
  • Author: Mohamed Yahya Abdel-Rahman, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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5-Alpha-Reductase Inhibitors

Agents in this class can markedly suppress serum dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels.

Finasteride (Proscar, Propecia)

Predominantly a type 2, 5α-reductase inhibitor. Inhibits the production of DHT. Efficacy in hirsutism is similar to that of spironolactone.


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