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Reviews for Dutasteride to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Review by 66 year old (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Avodart (dutasteride): I have been on this for 2 years. It has shrunk my enlarged prostate so I no longer have discomfort, and I urinate a little less often at night. Most importantly, I am able to postpone prostate reduction surgery. Sexual side effects same as others have noted. Now developing some breast tenderness. I take this with an alpha blocker as well.
Avodart (dutasteride): Been on Avodart for 3 months now. 0.5mg a day. Don't have to urinate as often. Have regrown almost a full head of hair. Libido and ejaculation are still in working order. Although I take an aromatose inhibitor to help combat having low DHT and high estrogen. For those who have libido issues this may be the culprit as DHT is known to help regulate estrogen in men. Having little DHT will result in an increase of estrogen and low sex drive.
40 users found this comment helpful.
Avodart (dutasteride): I am 65 years old and have been on Avodart for one year. My PSA had increased at a rapid rate to 3.6. Biopsy was benign. Frequent urination was of course an issue. My PSA dropped almost by 50% in the first 6 months. My sex drive is non existent and if I can get a partial erection I am able to have a small ejaculation. Cialis will sometimes work. The most dramatic side affect has been that I now have an almost full head of hair. Prior to the Avodart therapy I was pretty bald on top and thinning on the sides. My barber has been amazed, as have I.
39 users found this comment helpful.
Avodart (dutasteride): I have been taking Avodart for about a year now, it has improved my night urinating, but I really do not like the decreased sex drive and ability to achieve a full erection and decreased semen output.
36 users found this comment helpful.
Avodart (dutasteride): I am 66 years old, have been on Avodart and Tamsulosin for about a year. I was on Cardura for several years but following the second episode of kidney stones, my Urologist switched me to Avodart and Tamsulosin. I also take a blood pressure medication and calcium supplements for osteoporosis (probably the culprit generating the kidney stones). Avodart and/or Tamsulosin has destroyed my ability to achieve erections and almost eliminated semen ejaculation though my libido is not significantly diminished. Cardura did not produce these negative side effects.
46 users found this comment helpful.
Avodart (dutasteride): I am 68 and have been using Avodart and Tamusolin together now for about a month. A serious side effect suffered is extreme difficulty obtaining an erection and/or ejaculation. A minor side effect has been light-headedness. At my age the serious side effect does not really bother me but being light-headed is a concern in my employment as a transit driver. I believe the Tamusolin is the light-headedness culprit but my doctor does not want me to continue it much longer.
36 users found this comment helpful.
Avodart (dutasteride): I am 63 years old and have BHP which I controlled effectively for several years with Flomax and that family of medicines. However, about 8 months ago, I began to suffer severe vertigo. After several thousands of dollars of tests from a variety of specialists, I quit taking Doxazosin and that family of medicines and switched to Avodart. The vertigo went away within a few days. It took Avodart about a week to kick in and it is not as effective at improving flow as the others, but I can sleep all night without getting up. However, as others have noted my libido plummeted to zero and I am not on testosterone replacement. The two counteract each other and I just need to find the right mix that I am willing to live with.
43 users found this comment helpful.
Avodart (dutasteride): Been on it for a week and so far I really have seen improvement. Have middle lobe enlarged prostate. Have had symptoms for probably 20 years but mid-lob diagnosis was not found out until a sonogram of the prostate. No side effects so far. Sex drive seems to be okay. Was worried about that one. Now instead of going to urinate 1-2 times an hour I now go about once every 4 hours! Huge improvement.
37 users found this comment helpful.
Avodart (dutasteride): I am 65 years old and have been taking Flomax for over a year. It works great for the flow of urine but I had a few side effects so I switched to Avodart. My bad symptoms disappeared but my flow of urine decreased and after two weeks I ended up with a Urinary Tract Infection. I see that some people take both Avodart and Flomax together for prostate problems.
69 users found this comment helpful.
Avodart (dutasteride): I have been taking 0.5mg daily for a year. The product works and has a bonus for me. I have always suffered from nose bleeds on an unpredictable basis. Since taking Advodart, I rarely experience a nose bleed.
Several months ago, I went to using it every other day and within two weeks, the nose bleeds returned. With a return to the daily dosage, have had few if any nose bleeds.
24 users found this comment helpful.
Avodart (dutasteride): I started Avodart about 3 weeks ago and my nocturnal urinations have dropped from about 3x to once nightly. Stream has never been a problem and hasn't changed. I sleep more soundly and have not had any of the common side effects.
72 users found this comment helpful.
Avodart (dutasteride): I've had 2 TURPS 11 years ago. Flow was fully obstructed for over a year. Flow has been decreasing. Have been taking this for one week and flow seems noticably improved. No side effects.
50 users found this comment helpful.
Avodart (dutasteride): I have been taking 0.5 mg of avodart twice a day for 4 years. I have noticed no side effects and lab results verify that nearly all testosterone conversion to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is blocked. Since prostate cancer growth is stimulated by DHT, and not testosterone, my PSA has remained low (below 1)with no tumor regrowth (after radiation therapy).
67 users found this comment helpful.
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