Avodart (Dutasteride) is a drug similar to Propecia / Finasteride, in that it blocks the enzyme that converts Testosterone to DHT. Unlike Finasteride, Avodart blocks both of the enzymes that create DHT instead of just one, so it may be a more potent treatment for hairloss. It is also, as far as we have been able to ascertain, the nearest new drug to FDA approval for hairloss.
Avodart is for adult men only. Women should not take or touch Avodart due to risk of a specific birth defect. If a woman comes in contact with leaking Avodart Capsules, she should wash the contact area immediately with soap and water.
Do not take Avodart if you are allergic to dutasteride, finasteride, or any of the ingredients in Avodart.
Avodart may cause rare and serious allergic reactions, including swelling of your face, tongue, or throat, and serious skin reactions, such as skin peeling. Get medical help right away if you have these serious allergic reactions.
Your healthcare provider may check you for other prostate problems, including prostate cancer, before you start and while you take Avodart. A blood test called PSA (prostate-specific antigen) is sometimes used to see if you might have prostate cancer. Avodart will reduce the amount of PSA measured in your blood. Your healthcare provider is aware of this effect and can still use PSA to see if you might have prostate cancer. Increases in your PSA levels while on treatment with Avodart (even if the PSA levels are in the normal range) should be evaluated by your healthcare provider.
Avodart may cause serious side effects including a higher chance of a more serious form of prostate cancer.
Only your healthcare provider can tell if your symptoms are due to BPH or a more serious condition like prostate cancer. See your doctor for regular exams.
Do not donate blood until at least 6 months after stopping Avodart.
The most common side effects of Avodart include trouble getting or keeping an erection (impotence), a decrease in sex drive (libido), ejaculation problems and enlarged or painful breasts. Dizziness and an increase in drug-related ejaculation disorders also occurred with combination therapy (Avodart and tamsulosin).
Some types of medicines should be used with caution when taken with Avodart, such as ritonavir.
Before you take Avodart, tell your doctor if you have liver disease.
Clinical trials, sponsored primarily by the manufacturer, have shown Avodart to be an effective treatment for prostate enlargement and similar to finasteride ( Proscar ). Further studies are needed to gain a clearer understanding of any clinically significant differences between Avodart and finasteride. I am not aware of studies comparing Avodart to saw palmetto or other herbs for the treatment of prostate enlargement or for the treatment of hair growth. However, my best understanding is that Avodart is significantly more effective for the treatment of hair loss than any natural supplement that I am aware of. For information on natural supplements and hair loss.
Avodart for prostate enlargement treatment
According to the manufacturer, this medication is indicated for those with enlarging prostate, sometimes called benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH for short. Avodart may shrink the prostate, improve BPH symptoms, and perhaps lower the chance for problems like surgery on the prostate.
Avodart should be taken at the same time each day.
If you do not take your Avodart as scheduled, take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take a double the dose of Avodart.
Your Avodart dosage can be taken with or without food. If Avodart bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
Avodart should be swallowed whole and should not be crushed or chewed.
It may take as long as 3 to 12 months before your enlarged prostate symptoms improve.
Women who are or may be pregnant should not touch Avodart capsules (see Avodart and Pregnancy for more information).
For Avodart to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Avodart will not work if you take it in a way other than how your healthcare provider has prescribed.
If you are unsure about anything related to Avodart or your Avodart dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking Avodart without discussing it first with your healthcare provider.