How does taking avodart (dutasteride) help bph?

ReducesSizeOfProstat. It reduces the size of prostate and threreby relieve the symptoms of BPH.
Very helpful. Adding Avodart (dutasteride) or Proscar to therapy for BPH can further reduce a man's risk of developing an infection, urinary retention / needing a catheter or requiring surgery for bph.
Shrinks the prostate. Avodart (dutasteride) blocks the conversion of testosterone to its more potent form (dihydrotestosterone). The medication leads to a reduction in prostate size and prevents further growth while it is being taken. One should remember to double the psa blood test level once a patient has been taking Avodart (dutasteride) for at least 6 months.

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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?

The pills. Are a "treatment" not a "cure". Check w/your physician and/or urologist as your BPH may have worsened or changed. Read more...
Here are some ... Combining taking 5-alpha reductase inhibitors such as Avodart (dutasteride) to shrink and alphs-blockers such as Flomax to relax the prostate urethra is the best possible marvel that modern medicine can offer, but only deliver their intended help to a degree. Yet, the undesirable aging effect in growing prostate & impairing muscle relaxation could not be stopped and, in time, will exceed drugs can do so to .... 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 more...
Weight gain. Have you gained any weight? Avodart (dutasteride) will not make your penis smaller but gaining weight will definitely make it look smaller. Read more...

Recent onset of bph. Pcp suggested flomax. A year ago DHT measured 175 ng/dl. Would avodart (dutasteride) be better?

Irrelevant . Your dihydrotestosterone level is irrelevant to the treatment of symptomatic bph. Conventional treatment of symptomatic BPH begins with the use of an Alpha blocker medication with the possible addition of a 5 Alpha reductase inhibitor such as Finasteride or Dutasteride later if symptoms persist. Read more...
Symptoms dictate. Flomax starts relieving symptoms within a few hours by relaxing the muscle tissue in the prostate.Avodart (dutasteride) works on the glandular portion and may take 3 to 6 months to give a difference in symptoms.You decide.Good luck. Read more...