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What Is Dutasteride
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
What med besides avodart (dutasteride) shrinks the prostate without producing erectile disfunction?
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
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
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
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
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
Will Avodart (dutasteride) as a brand named prescription have its patent extended as a brand name beyond that of the expected November 2015 date?
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