Young 1998 (hirsutism treatment)

Young 1998

Title: Hirsutes. II: Treatment.

Author: Young R, Sinclair R

Journal: Australas J Dermatol 1998 Aug;39(3):151-7

PMID: 9737040, UI: 98408253

Affiliated institution: University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine (Dermatology), St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia.

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The treatment of hirsutes includes cosmetic measures, such as bleaching, plucking, electrical epilation and, more recently, laser epilation. Pharmacological therapy consists of anti-androgens and includes the androgen receptor blockers spironolactone and cyproterone acetate. Other drugs reducing androgen expression include oral contraceptives and corticosteroids. A new follicular 5 alpha reductase inhibitor, finasteride, is currently under evaluation, as is the anti-androgen flutamide. Gonadotrophin-releasing hormone agonists reduce androgen expression and show early promise in the treatment of hirsutes.