Avodart

(Dutasteride)

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Improves BPH symptoms and lowers your sense of urgency to urinate.

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Our bottom line

Avodart (Dutasteride) can be helpful in lowering BPH symtoms and delaying your need for surgery.

Quick facts about Avodart
  • Drug class: Men's health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (dutasteride)
Prices and discounts
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Upsides

  • 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

  • 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.
How it works

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.

Quick facts about Avodart
  • Drug class: Men's health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (dutasteride)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
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Side effect rates for Avodart (Dutasteride)

  • Decreased libido
  • Any side effect
  • Impotence

Risks and Warnings for Avodart (Dutasteride)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Men age 55 or older

    Compared to placebo (sugar pill), Avodart (Dutasteride) decreased the overall risk of prostate cancer but may increase the risk of high-grade prostate cancer. In a 7-year follow-up study, men age 55 and older had a higher risk of high-grade prostate cancer when taking Avodart (Dutasteride).

Common concerns from people taking Avodart (Dutasteride)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • Take Avodart (Dutasteride) at the same time every day, with or without food.