Compare Avodart vs. Rapaflo

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Avodart
(dutasteride)

Rapaflo
(silodosin)

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.Coming soon.
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Side effects
AvodartRapaflo
  • Impotence 3%
  • Any side effect 1%
  • Decreased libido 2%
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How it works
AvodartRapaflo
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.Coming soon.
Type of medication
AvodartRapaflo
Prescription only
Available as
AvodartRapaflo
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
AvodartRapaflo
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Risk factors for serious side effects
AvodartRapaflo
  • Men age 55 or older
  • Women of childbearing age
  • Breast-feeding
  • Men who are older
  • Taking medicines that cause sexual side effects
Detailed Avodart (dutasteride) risks & warnings »
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    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 haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Food
    AvodartRapaflo
    • Take Avodart (Dutasteride) at the same time every day, with or without food.
    No food related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    AvodartRapaflo
    • 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.
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    Downsides and risks
    AvodartRapaflo
    • 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.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    AvodartRapaflo
    • 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.
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