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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
Can the drug Dutasteride cause low platelet count in 58 years old male ? he is using it daily for 2.5 years
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
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
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
Meds: These medications are safe long term and are given to men with enlargement of the prostate and obstructive urinary symptoms. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
What med besides avodart (dutasteride) shrinks the prostate without producing erectile disfunction?
Will Avodart (dutasteride) as a brand named prescription have its patent extended as a brand name beyond that of the expected November 2015 date?
Ive 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?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Im 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
Can I safely lower the dose of avodart (dutasteride) to once a week from once a day to see if my erection returns. Have been on daily dose for BPH for 5 years.
Taking avodart (dutasteride) and flomax for three years for bph. Some of the symptoms have returned. Do these pills lose their efficacy after a while?
Is there any serious side effects of taking Dutasteride & Alfuzosin for very long time in a patient treated with BPH?can these be taken for lifetime?
If flomax & avodart (dutasteride) are both cy3a4 substrates & gleevec is an inhibitor why do interaction checkers show a prob. Of gleevec w/flomax but not avodart (dutasteride)?
Complex problem: Different drugs with different levels of cytochrome interference. Follow the checker. ...Read more
Yes: Need diagnosis and prescription. Use the generic for same result for less expense. ...Read more
Hair: Don't start anything. Please see s dermatologist. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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.....: It is a chronic therapy. Reduction of medication usually not successful. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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