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Avodart

(Dutasteride)

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

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Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

Our pharmacists’ bottom line

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

  • 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.
  • 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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Side effects for Avodart (Dutasteride)

From clinical trials of Avodart / Enlarged prostate (0.5 mg) ( 4325)

  • ImpotenceImpotence5% for Avodart vs.2% for placebo
  • Any side effectAny side effect4% for Avodart vs.3% for placebo
  • Decreased libidoDecreased libido3% for Avodart vs.1% for placebo
  • ImpotenceImpotence1% for Avodart vs.2% for placebo
  • ImpotenceImpotence1% for Avodart vs.1% for placebo
  • ImpotenceImpotence1% for Avodart vs.1% for placebo
  • Breast disordersBreast disorders1% for Avodart vs.0% for placebo
  • ImpotenceImpotence1% for Avodart vs.0% for placebo
  • Ejaculation disordersEjaculation disorders1% for Avodart vs.1% for placebo
  • Ejaculation disordersEjaculation disorders1% for Avodart vs.0% for placebo

What to expect when you take Avodart (Dutasteride)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

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).

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Avodart (Dutasteride)

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  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take Avodart (Dutasteride) at the same time every day, with or without food.
Sex
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • You might have a loss of sexual desire or arousal when you first start taking Avodart (Dutasteride).
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • It’s not that common, but some people had sexual side effects that continued after they stopped taking Avodart (Dutasteride) for BPH. Side effects included problems with erection and orgasm, low sex drive, and reduced amount of sperm. It was more likely to happen in older men, taking medicines that have sexual side effects, and who have conditions that cause sexual problems.