Compare Avodart vs. Cardura

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Avodart
(Dutasteride)

Cardura
(Doxazosin)

Improves BPH symptoms and lowers your sense of urgency to urinate. Avodart (Dutasteride) can be helpful in lowering BPH symtoms and delaying your need for surgery.Lowers blood pressure and makes it easier to urinate. For men, Doxazosin will help make it easier to urinate so that you're not getting up a lot at night. It's a last-choice treatment for high blood pressure.
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Reviews for Cardura (Doxazosin)
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-62% worse vs. Avodart (Dutasteride)
21%
-29% worse vs. Avodart (Dutasteride)
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-18% worse vs. Avodart (Dutasteride)
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Side effects
AvodartCardura
  • Impotence 3%
  • Any side effect 1%
  • Decreased libido 2%
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  • Dizziness 7%
  • Headache 1%
  • Fatigue 6%
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 2%
  • Drowsiness 2%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Pain 1%
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How it works
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Avodart (Dutasteride) blocks the action of 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme responsible for changing testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Lower DHT levels prevents the prostate from growing.Doxazosin is a selective alpha blocker. It relaxes the urethra and prostate, which makes it easier to urinate. It also lowers blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels.
Type of medication
AvodartCardura
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
AvodartCardura
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for
AvodartCardura
Risk factors for serious side effects
AvodartCardura
  • Men age 55 or older
  • Women of childbearing age
  • Breast-feeding
  • Men who are older
  • Taking medicines that cause sexual side effects
  • Medical conditions that cause sexual side effects
    Detailed Avodart (Dutasteride) risks & warnings »
    • Age 65 years or older
      • Cataract surgery
      Detailed Cardura (Doxazosin) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy

      Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      Food
      AvodartCardura
      • Take Avodart (Dutasteride) at the same time every day, with or without food.
      • Take the extended release tablet with breakfast.
      Upsides and benefits
      AvodartCardura
      • Improves BPH symptoms, making it easier to urinate.
      • Patients taking Avodart (Dutasteride) in clinical trials had a 54-78% chance of seeing improvement in their symptoms.
      • If you're balding, Avodart (Dutasteride) can also help your hair grow back.
      • Most side effects go away after your body gets used to Avodart (Dutasteride).
      • Actually shrinks the size of your prostate, instead of only improving the symptoms like other BPH drugs (eg. Cardura or Hytrin).
      • Can be combined with Doxazosin (Cardura), an alpha-adrenergic antagonist, if your symptoms are more severe.
      • A first-choice treatment for enlarged prostate. Makes it easier to urinate.
      Downsides and risks
      AvodartCardura
      • Women who can get pregnant shouldn’t touch or handle Avodart (Dutasteride).
      • You need to take Avodart (Dutasteride) for at least 6 months before your prostate gets small enough for symptoms to improve.
      • Lowers your PSA level and can hide symptoms of prostate cancer.
      • Available as a generic medication.
      • A last-choice treatment for high blood pressure because other medicines are more effective at preventing heart disease. Your doctor might add it to a medicine you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      AvodartCardura
      • Take Avodart (Dutasteride) at the same time every day, with or without food.
      • Hang in there since it can take up to 3 months before you notice improvements.
      • You might have a loss of sexual desire or arousal when you first start taking Avodart (Dutasteride).
      • Swallow the capsule whole and don't open it since the powder can irritate your mouth.
      • Women who can get pregnant shouldn’t touch Avodart (Dutasteride).
      • Tell your doctor if you notice an unusual rash, swelling in your mouth, tightness in your chest, or trouble breathing.
      • Can cause dizziness or fainting in the first few days.
      • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
      • Can cause fatigue or headache.
      • Take the extended release tablet with breakfast.
      • You might need to check your blood pressure from time to time while taking this medicine.
      • If side effects don't go away, talk to your doctor about alternatives.
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