Compare Avodart vs. Cardura

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Avodart (dutasteride)

Prescription only

Cardura (Doxazosin)

Prescription only
Improves prostate symptoms and lowers the urgency to urinate.

Avodart (dutasteride) reduces prostate size and relieves symptoms, but can lower sex drive when first starting on it.

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.

2.8/ 5 average rating with 101 reviewsforCardura
  • Avodart (dutasteride) improves prostate symptoms to reduce the need for prostate-related surgery.
  • Most side effects go away after your body gets used to Avodart (dutasteride).
  • Avodart (dutasteride) can be used alone or in combination with Flomax (tamsulosin) to further improve symptoms.
  • A first-choice treatment for enlarged prostate. Makes it easier to urinate.
  • Pregnant women or women of childbearing age should avoid exposure to Avodart (dutasteride) from sexual intercourse (use a condom) and blood transfusion.
  • You need to take Avodart (dutasteride) for at least 6 months before your prostate gets small enough for symptoms to improve.
  • Avodart (dutasteride) lowers Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) levels and can hide symptoms of prostate cancer.
  • Avodart (dutasteride) may affect sperm in men and their ability to father a child.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decreased libido
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13possible side effects
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Edema
  • Somnolence
  • Back Pain
  • Pain
  • Hypotension
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Dyspepsia
  • Nausea
  • Dyspnea
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Risks and risk factors
  • Prostate cancer
    • Men age 55 or older
  • Other diseases of the male urinary tract system and reproductive organs
  • Pregnancy risk and fetal harm
    • Women of childbearing age
    • Breastfeeding
  • Sexual problems
    • Men who are older
    • Taking medicines that cause sexual side effects
    • Medical conditions that cause sexual side effects
  • Blood donation
  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels
    • Avodart (dutasteride) use for 3 months or longer
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  • Low blood pressure
    • Age 65 years or older
  • Painful erection
  • Intraoperative floppy iris syndrome
    • Cataract surgery
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