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Could I use dutas (dutasteride) drug for hairloss?

Could I use dutas (dutasteride) drug for hairloss?

Yes, ask your doc...: Yes, it may be used for testosterone-related hair loss. For the details on finasteride and dutasteride, go to https://www. Bernsteinmedical. Com/research/dutasteride-vs-finasteride/. You may use "dutasteride or finasteride for hair loss" as keywords to search for the related answers. But, remember the effect from their use may widely vary among men reflecting genetic factor besides hormone-related. ...Read more

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Can the drug Dutasteride cause low platelet count in 58 years old male? He is using it daily for 2.5 years

Can the drug Dutasteride cause low platelet count in 58 years old male? He is using it daily for 2.5 years

Below: Platelet count decreased is found among people who take Avodart, (dutasteride) especially for people who are 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 6 - 12 months ...Read more

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Do I need avodard (dutasteride) for life?

Do I need avodard (dutasteride) for life?

May be...: Yes, keep on taking it as long as its clinical helping effect to improve urine flow continues. Remember: Any drug has its unique beneficial effect as intended to a widely variable degree among different individuals; likewise, Dutasteride. However, drug cannot stop accumulating undesirable ill effects of aging so in time, the functional deficiency heightens beyond what a drug can do. So, need op. ...Read more

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What are the pros/cons of finateride v. Dutasteride?

What are the pros/cons of finateride v. Dutasteride?

Fin/dut: Both help reduce size of prostate and may reduce incidence of prostate cancer in some studies and improve voiding symptoms. They may cause decreased ejaculation, decreased libido, gynecomastia, breast soreness, impotence. ...Read more

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I am thinking of trying dutasteride. What should I expect?

I am thinking of trying dutasteride. What should I expect?

Here are some. ..: Yes, you may try it if medical necessity for its use is sound. This drug has been the second in line of 5-alpha inhibitors to inhibit the natural conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone leading to shrink & diminish the size of prostate gland - chiefly its glandular component - by roughly 15-25% in 1-3 months. So, it has been used to improve urine flow due to enlarged prostate. More? Ask. ...Read more

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Could avodard (dutasteride) shrink the prostate?

Could avodard (dutasteride) shrink the prostate?

Yes: Dutasteride and Finasteride both work well to shrink the prostate. Called 5 Alpha reductase inhibitors, these drugs stop the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, which causes baldness and prostate enlargement. Not a quick fix as maximum benefit is not reached for 6-12 months. ...Read more

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How long it is safe to take dutasteride and alfuzosin?

Meds: These medications are safe long term and are given to men with enlargement of the prostate and obstructive urinary symptoms. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the side effects of dutasteride?

I was wondering what are the side effects of dutasteride?

Man boobs, low libido: Dutasteride blocks conversion of testosterone to dht; this causes prostate shrinking and prevents baldness. It also raises estrogen which, in 8% of men can lower libido and in 1% of men cause breast enlargement. Get your testosterone, psa and Estradiol levels checked prior to starting therapy. ...Read more

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If I stop Avodart (dutasteride) temporarily, how long will it take for my erections to return?

If I stop Avodart (dutasteride) temporarily, how long will it take for my erections to return?

Avodart (dutasteride): While erectile dysfunction is listed as a common side effect of Avodart, (dutasteride) in my experience it is more likely that the medication is exacerbating another cause of erectile dysfunction rather than being the sole cause. The drug has a very long half-life and may stay in your system for many weeks after stopping it. I would recommend an evaluation for ED by a urologist. ...Read more

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I have trouble getting an erection because of Avodart (dutasteride) which I have taken for over four years. How long must I stop it before my erection returns?

I have trouble getting an erection because of Avodart (dutasteride) which I have taken for over four years. How long must I stop it before my erection returns?

Check w/ your doctor: You can also check with your pharmacist. Be sure to ask about alternative medication that may not cause erectile dysfunction to avoid problems from BPH from returning once off the meds. The length of time is probably different for different people however. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What can I expect when switching from finasteride to dutasteride?

What can I expect when switching from finasteride to dutasteride?

Cost: Mainly an increase in cost as dutasteride is only available as proprietary Avodart and as a result, is more expensive then generic finasteride ...Read more

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Are there any damaging side effect daily tablet dutasteride intake?

Are there any damaging side effect daily tablet dutasteride intake?

Here are some...: Dutasteride is known to decrease the active form of testosterone to shrink the size of prostate by some 15-15% in 3 months so to possible improve urine flow. Hence, few who use it may experience their erection. As to other more side effects, they may remain to be seen. In general, it is considered a safe drug for proper indication. More? Welcome to contact me at www/healthtap/com/dr-Lin to log in. ...Read more

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Is daily cialis as effective as avodart (dutasteride) in shrinking the prostate?

Is daily cialis as effective as avodart (dutasteride) in shrinking the prostate?

No: Cialis does not shrink the prostate like Avodart (dutasteride). The mechanism of action for helping ease urinary symptoms is different but is effective in some patients. ...Read more

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What med besides avodart (dutasteride) shrinks the prostate without producing erectile disfunction?

What med besides avodart (dutasteride) shrinks the prostate without producing erectile disfunction?

Finasteride: Proscar (finasteride) was the first medication available to reduce the size of the prostate. Both Proscar and Avodart (dutasteride) shrink the prostate in the range of 20%. This process takes several months. ...Read more

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Will Avodart (dutasteride) as a brand named prescription have its patent extended as a brand name beyond that of the expected November 2015 date?

Will Avodart (dutasteride) as a brand named prescription have its patent extended as a brand name beyond that of the expected November 2015 date?

Unlikely: Avodart (dutasteride) for treatment of enlarged symptomatic prostate as a brand name is allowed by FDA a certain period of EXCLUSIVITY, usually 17 yrs.
After that expires other companies can market it as a generic drug ...Read more

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I've been using dutasteride 5mths, I have developed trichomegaly (lots of new rows of very long eyelashes). If I stop using it, it will reverse it?

I've been using dutasteride 5mths, I have developed trichomegaly (lots of new rows of very long eyelashes). If I stop using it, it will reverse it?

Dutasteride: Yes. Dutasteride is a dual 5-α reductase inhibitor that inhibits conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone.It helps slowdown or even reverse alopecia but the effects reverse once the medication is stopped. ...Read more

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How does taking avodart (dutasteride) help bph?

How does taking avodart (dutasteride) help bph?

ReducesSizeOfProstat: It reduces the size of prostate and threreby relieve the symptoms of BPH ...Read more

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If I stop taking avodart (dutasteride) will my sexual dysfunction reverse?

If I stop taking avodart (dutasteride) will my sexual dysfunction reverse?

It may.: Avodart (dutasteride) can cause difficulty with the initiation and maintenance of erections, decreased libido and ejaculation problems. These side effects may go away once the medicine is stopped but sometimes persist. Discuss your concerns with your treating provider. ...Read more

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Can I stop avodart (dutasteride) for three months to see if erections/libido will return?

If physician agrees: Stopping Avodart (dutasteride) will not lead to any serious problems although the therapeutic benefit on your prostate will be lost. The trial off the medicine to see if it helps with sexual dysfunction is not unreasonable. I suspect, however, that you need to have a testosterone level checked before assuming Avodart (dutasteride) is the sole cause of your problem ...Read more

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I want to lower my DHT without using Finasteride/Dutasteride. How can it be done?

I want to lower my DHT without using Finasteride/Dutasteride. How can it be done?

DHT and others: Finasteride/Dutasteride are important for controlling the size of the prostate gland.
I presume DHT means dihydrotestosterone - if so there is no reason to lower it but no harm will happen for a while if enlarged prostate is present and you take the two other drugs and stop DHT for a while.
These findings are very unusual for a 38 year old man.
Please check with your Urologist that all is OK. ...Read more

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Dutasteride 0.5 mgs. Is about equal to how many milligrams of Finasteride for an enlarged prostate?

Dutasteride 0.5 mgs. Is about equal to how many milligrams of Finasteride for an enlarged prostate?

5 mg. ...: The formulation of these two drugs with 0.5 mg for dutasteride and 5 mg for finasteride is approximated to be equal although in clinical study indicating dutasteride has faster effect and slight edge over finasteride. But, in practice, I do not prefer either one because at the end, they are about the same. More? Ask your urologist. Best wish... ...Read more

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What is Dutasteride capsule 0.5 equal to if one is to be prescribed finasteride (in mgs.) for an enlarged prostate?

What is Dutasteride capsule 0.5 equal to if one is to be prescribed finasteride (in mgs.) for an enlarged prostate?

Same effect: Either one, avodart [dutasteride][type1 and 2, 5 alpha -reductace inhibitor] is similar to proscar [finasteride] [type2, 5 alpha-reductace inhibitor]but maybe more specific, shrinks prostate over 6 months time, can incr. prostate cancer, see side efects, can take along with an alpha1 blocker like doxazosin or tamsulosin which works quicker for duel action[these are blood pressure meds] ...Read more

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I'm 20 treated with aga. I read about the side effects of dutasteride and monoxidil. Do they cause impotence even after discontinuing meds?

I'm 20 treated with aga. I read about the side effects of dutasteride and monoxidil. Do they cause impotence even after discontinuing meds?

Reversable... but...: Androgenic alopecia is hard to treat although using oral Dutasteride and topical Minoxidil have been used and usually touted by the industry, but resulted in limited benefit.

Indeed, Dutasteride can cause impotence and libido loss, but reversible after its discontinuation.

To clarify the complex issues of ed in young 20, you should go to see with urologists for detailing... ...Read more

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What is the difference between finasteride and dutasteride for BPH management?

5-alpha reductase: Similar drugs from the same class (5-alpha reductase inhibitors) cause shrinkage of prostate glandular tissue over time. Finasteride is now generic (previously proscar), while Avodart (dutasteride) is not. ...Read more

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Is it true that proscar and avodart (dutasteride) may prevent some prostate cancers but can actually cause aggressive prostate cancers?

Is it true that proscar and avodart (dutasteride) may prevent some prostate cancers but can actually cause aggressive prostate cancers?

Uncertain: There is some data suggesting that the cancers in patients on these drugs were higher grade. However, since the rates of adverse outcomes were not significantly higher in those patients, it raises the possibility that these results might be skewed. One possibility is that reduction in the size of the prostate makes it easier to find these cancers even though they may not be caused by the treatment. ...Read more

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Dad is takng dutasteride IP 0.5 mg & tamsulosin hydrochloride IP 0.4 mg once daily from 3 mnths for BPH size 36 gm. He is better now. Shuld he continue.

Dad is takng dutasteride IP 0.5 mg & tamsulosin hydrochloride IP 0.4 mg once daily from 3 mnths for BPH size 36 gm. He is better now. Shuld he continue.

Yes keep going: Keep taking the meds He did not grow a Prostate overnight, nor will it shrink overnight. Best to take both for a year or more and let urologist decide. For the most comfort, some take them for years. Very few side effects. ...Read more

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On avodart (dutasteride) for 5+ years to treat bph. Decrease in penile length observed. Connection? If so, will stopping meds reverse this unfortunate side-effect?

No it is not related: Avodart (dutasteride) is a 5 Alpha reductase inhibitor that will reduce the size of the prostate and lower the psa level by 50%. It may lower the volume of the ejaculate and caouse ed in some men but shold not change the length of the penis. ...Read more

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Please explain why is dutasteride not approved by fda for hair loss treatement?

Please explain why is dutasteride not approved by fda for hair loss treatement?

No studies submitted: In order for a drug to be approved by the fda for a specific problem, the company must do clinical studies that demonstrate that the drug does what they are perporting. Unless the makers of Dutasteride do studies demonstrating it is effective to stop hair loss, it can not be marketed for that purpose. It costs hundreds of millions of dollars to do these studies. ...Read more

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Tamsulosin makes me urinate more often than usual. Why would I use it with Avodart, (dutasteride) when I have no problem urinating?

Tamsulosin makes me urinate more often than usual. Why would I use it with Avodart, (dutasteride) when I have no problem urinating?

Here are some. ..: For a 82-y-o man, most likely, you got significant lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to aging + prostate enlargement, for which the use of both is the optimal Rx that modern medicine can provide; so don't stop & should be closely monitored for possible inch-up residual urine, which could be an indicator for intervention. Nowadays, prostate laser procedure (PVP) has been superb in effect... ...Read more

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Hello I d be grateful if you could tell me what the recommended dosage of avodart 0 5 mg dutasteride is for long term use against male pattern baldness I ve been told contradictory things and read different amounts online and is it ok to switch from dutas

Hello I d be grateful if you could tell me what the recommended dosage of avodart 0 5 mg dutasteride is for long term use against male pattern baldness I ve been told contradictory things and read different amounts online and is it ok to switch from dutas

Not approved for it: Avodart (dutasteride) is only indicated/approved for treatment of prostatic enlargement (bph) and nothing else, yet. It is in the same class as Finasteride (propecia) which is indicated for male pattern baldness treatment. It works for some and not others. It may decrease libido and causes other side effcts. If u r using avodart, (dutasteride) consider Propecia as it is approved for both. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I took avodart (dutasteride) with multivitamin and aspirin. It is blood in my urine. What is the problem?

I took avodart (dutasteride) with multivitamin and aspirin. It is blood in my urine. What is the problem?

Not likely: That your medications are related in any way to blood in urine, but more likely to urinary tract problem such as infection, stone, or even tumor. Have your doctor take a look or refer to a urologist. ...Read more

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