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.
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.