Q. I am getting erectile dysfunction as a side effect of Dutasteride. How to get out of this?

Answered by
Dr. Parth Singh
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 19, 2018

Hi doctor,

I have been using Dutasteride tablets for the past one month for hair loss treatment. I have been facing erectile dysfunction for the past one month. Now, I have come to know that this is the side effect of Dutasteride. How to get out of this?



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Drugs like Dutasteride acts by inhibition of conversion of testosterone to its more active and potent form of dihydrotestosterone. Thus the side effects may include loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, low mood, irritability and depression.

Although, the frequency of such adverse effects is not very high, but they are potentially frustrating.

Sometimes, reduced libido may not be due to a direct side effect of Dutasteride, but is purely psychological.

But still, if you have noted significant reduction in sexual desire and erection, I suggest you stop the medication.

With prolonged use the condition may be irreversible and no doubt that would be more troublesome than loss of hair.

Let me give you two tips for both the problems.

  1. Apply onion juice on scalp daily. It has got miraculous effect.
  2. Consume three garlic cloves, raw and crushed daily. You can swallow it with water. Within a month you will see drastic improvement in libido and erection.

Onion juice contains sulfur, which increases production of keratin. Garlic on the other hand cleanses fat and cholesterol deposition from smaller blood vessels, thus improving erections by supplying more blood to the penile tissues.

For further information consult a sexologist online -->

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