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Avodart Alternatives

(dutasteride)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Men's health
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Compare Avodart (dutasteride) to alternatives

These medications are comparable to Avodart (dutasteride) or used for similar purposes.

Avodart
(dutasteride)

Proscar
(finasteride)

Cardura
(doxazosin)

Hytrin
(terazosin)

Flomax
(tamsulosin)

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.Improves prostate symptoms. Proscar (Finasteride) works well for mild to moderate symptoms of BPH. When men have more severe symptoms, it can be combined with doxazosin or other medicines for added benefits.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.Coming soon.Makes it easier to urinate. Flomax (Tamsulosin) is a first-choice treatment for enlarged prostate, and it's available as a generic. However, it can cause changes in your sex drive and can take a while to kick in.
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Reviews for Cardura
38%
+62% better vs. Avodart
21%
+29% better vs. Avodart
18%
+18% better vs. Avodart
101 reviews
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Reviews for Flomax
58%
+42% better vs. Avodart
41%
+9% better vs. Avodart
19%
+19% better vs. Avodart
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Side effects
AvodartProscarCarduraHytrinFlomax
  • Impotence 3%
  • Any side effect 1%
  • Decreased libido 2%
More Avodart side effects »
  • Impotence 4%
  • Decreased libido 3%
  • Decreased volume of ejaculate 3%
  • Breast enlargement 1%
More Proscar side effects »
  • Dizziness 7%
  • Headache 1%
  • Fatigue 6%
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 2%
  • Drowsiness 2%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Pain 1%
More Cardura side effects »

We haven’t found good data for Hytrin side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Hytrin »
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 5%
  • Infection 1%
  • Muscle weakness 2%
  • Abnormal ejaculation 8%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Sore throat 1%
  • Diarrhea 1%
More Flomax side effects »
How it works
AvodartProscarCarduraHytrinFlomax
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.Proscar (Finasteride) 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.Coming soon.Flomax (Tamsulosin) is an alpha-1 blocker. It specifically targets and relaxes muscles in your prostate, which makes it easier to urinate.
Type of medication
AvodartProscarCarduraHytrinFlomax
Prescription onlyPrescription onlyPrescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
AvodartProscarCarduraHytrinFlomax
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
AvodartProscarCarduraHytrinFlomax
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
AvodartProscarCarduraHytrinFlomax
  • 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 »
  • Men age 55 or older
  • Women of childbearing age
  • Breast-feeding
  • Current liver problems
  • Men who are older
Detailed Proscar (finasteride) risks & warnings »
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Cataract surgery
Detailed Cardura (doxazosin) risks & warnings »
    Coming soon.
    • Taking medications for high blood pressure
    • Cataract or glaucoma surgery
    • Alcohol use
    • Heavy exercise
    • Hot weather
    Detailed Flomax (tamsulosin) 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 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.

    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.

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Food
    AvodartProscarCarduraHytrinFlomax
    • Take Avodart (Dutasteride) at the same time every day, with or without food.
    No food related info.
    • Take the extended release tablet with breakfast.
    No food related info.No food related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    AvodartProscarCarduraHytrinFlomax
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    • Proscar (Finasteride) is processed by the liver. If you have liver problems, you may need a different dose to prevent increased risk for side effects.
    No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.
    Pain
    AvodartProscarCarduraHytrinFlomax
    No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.
    • Can cause dizziness, muscle pain, headache and stuffy/runny nose.
    Upsides and benefits
    AvodartProscarCarduraHytrinFlomax
    • 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.
    • It's an option for men who have symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and either don’t want surgery or aren’t good candidates it.
    • In studies, Proscar (Finasteride) improved BPH symptoms during the first year of taking it. This effect continued for another 5 years.
    • Men taking Proscar (Finasteride) have less difficulty urinating and don't need BPH-related surgery as often as others.
    • Can be combined with doxazosin, an alpha-adrenergic antagonist, if your symptoms are more severe. Using both together can improve symptoms and improve BPH symptoms.
    • A first-choice treatment for enlarged prostate. Makes it easier to urinate.
    Coming soon
    • First-choice medication for relieving the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
    • Helps make urinating easier.
    • Available as a generic medication.
    • Also available in a combination form with another medication to treat more severe symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
    • Since it works only on the muscles around the prostate, it has fewer blood pressure and heart-related side effects than other medicines in the same class.
    Downsides and risks
    AvodartProscarCarduraHytrinFlomax
    • 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.
    • Women who can get pregnant shouldn’t handle broken tablets. Proscar (Finasteride) tablets are coated and prevent contact with the active medicine unless they split or break.
    • You need to take Proscar (Finasteride) for at least 6 months before your prostate gets small enough for symptoms to improve.
    • Can cause a rash, the inability to get an erection, low sex drive, and reduced amount of sperm.
    • Proscar (Finasteride) can cause PSA levels to decrease to about 50% of what it was before you started the medication. This will be considered your new starting point for PSA testing and any PSA tests you have will be compared to this going forward.
    • 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.
    Coming soon
    • Has to be taken the same time every day.
    • It can take up to one month to see the full effects of the medication.
    • Can reduce sex drive.
    • Flomax (Tamsulosin) can't be stopped suddenly, so you'll need to talk to your doctor about how to stop taking it safely.
    • It doesn't shrink the size of the prostate.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    AvodartProscarCarduraHytrinFlomax
    • 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.
    • Take Proscar (Finasteride) once daily, about the same time each day, with or without food.
    • Women who can get pregnant shouldn’t touch Proscar (Finasteride) tablets.
    • If you’re taking Proscar (Finasteride) with doxazosin, you can take both at the same time or take the doxazosin closer to bedtime to avoid dizziness.
    • 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.
    Coming soon
    • Take this 30 minutes after the same meal every day.
    • Can cause dizziness, muscle pain, headache and stuffy/runny nose.
    • Can cause changes in sex drive.
    • Don't stop taking this medication suddenly without talking to your doctor.
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