What is Avodart
Avodart is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men with an enlarged prostate. It helps improve urinary flow and may also reduce your need for prostate surgery later on. The generic version for avodart approved by the FDA is Dutasteride. Avodart (dutasteride) prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. DHT is involved in the development of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Avodart generic is sometimes given with another medication called tamsulosin (Flomax).
Avodart for hair loss
Abnormally hair loss cause high DHT levels, especially male pattern baldness.
Because Avodart lowers DHT levels, it’s not unusual to see hair growth along the hairline, the crown of the head, and even the eyebrows.
A 2006 study comparing Avodart to a similar drug, finasteride (Propecia, Proscar), and a placebo, showed that men taking 2.5 milligrams (mg) of Avodart had more hair growth at 5, 12, and 24 weeks than those taking 5 mg of finasteride or a placebo.
As with many prescription medications, there are several coupon and rebate programs offering discounts on Avodart, both online and from various pharmacies.
Such programs can help make treatment more affordable.
However, a prescription from your doctor is still required to use Avodart, and the drug may or may not be the best option for your symptoms. The decision on which medication to use should be based on your specific symptoms and needs, and not on available financial incentives.
Talk to your doctor to see if Avodart is right for you before exploring discount options.
The Avodart price is based on using the website discount card which is accepted at most U.S. pharmacies. Avodart Prices are for cash paying customers only and are not valid with insurance plans.
Avodart Side Effects
SIDE EFFECTS: Sexual problems (such as decreased sexual interest/ability, decrease in the amount of semen/sperm), testicle pain/swelling, increased breast size, or breast tenderness may occur. Sexual problems have continued in some men even after stopping treatment. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Common Side Effects of Avodart
Trouble getting an erection
Decreased sex drive
Decreased amount of fluid during ejaculation
Decreased sperm count
Breast tissue changes
Serious Side Effects of Avodart
Allergic reaction to the drug, including hives and other severe skin reactions
Fast-growing and potentially deadlier forms of prostate cancer
Birth defects in male fetuses
Rare Side Effects of Avodart
Pain and swelling in the testicles
Avodart comes in capsules that contain 0.5 milligrams (mg) of dutasteride.
You can take Avodart with or without food, but don’t crush, chew, or break open the capsule.
Swallow the capsule whole.
Do not take more than one, avodart 0.5 mg capsule a day unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Each AVODART Soft Gelatin Capsule, administered orally, contains avodart 0.5mg of dutasteride dissolved in a mixture of mono-di-glycerides of caprylic/capric acid and butylated hydroxytoluene.
If you think you may have taken too much Avodart, contact an emergency room or your local poison control center.
Avodart Missed Dose
If you miss a dose of Avodart, try to take it as soon as you remember.
If it’s almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next one at the regular time.
Don’t double your dose to make up for a missed dose.
“Began taking a year and a half ago for BPH.Within a year,my prostate has shrunk some,enabling me to better empty my bladder and with somewhat stronger flow.Possible side effect is weaker erections,although with proper rest etc,my erections can be just fine ejaculation.No other side effects noticed.Plan to take Avodart for another couple years and by then hopefully prostate will have shrunk enough for me to discontinue.Avodart is expensive.Considering generic Avodart from overseas”
“I have been taking Avodart and my PSA went from 4.5 to 1.17. For the first two years I found no side affects till I got tenderness around my nipple. The doc took me off them. I will know later the affects”
“I’ve had no effects from this drug, sexual or otherwise. Also, the cost is high, but the drug does seems to working for me as my prostate is getting smaller after two years and my last PSA reading was 1.93. very low”