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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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?

Dutasteride: Yes. Dutasteride is a dual 5-? 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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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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