Any idea when Avodart will be going generic? Is there another drug (generic) that would be comparable to Avodart?
I found out the following in my research:
A patent currently prevents any generic Avodart from being manufactured in the United States. For your safety, you should not buy anything claiming to be "generic Avodart" until an approved version is available. The earliest date that an approved generic could become available for sale is in 2013, when the patent for Avodart expires.
There are basically two types of medicines used to treat BPH:
5-alpha reductase inhibitors: These medicines block the formation of DHT (dihydrotestosterone), helping to shrink the prostate. It may take as long as six months to see results with these medications. There are currently two of these medications available:
Of all the medications for BPH, finasteride is the most similar to Avodart. Common side effects of 5-alpha reductase inhibitors include a decreased libido (sex drive), erectile dysfunction (also known as impotence or ED), and a decreased ejaculate volume.
Alpha-1 blockers: These medicines help relax the muscles near the prostate. They have no effect on the size of the prostate, but they can work very quickly. These medications include:
Because alpha-1 blockers are also used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), they may be an especially helpful alternative to Avodart for men with both BPH and high blood pressure. Common side effects of alpha-1 blockers include dizziness, fatigue, and headaches.
This is what my research has shown.
All the best,
- Avodart Information for Consumers
- Avodart Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Avodart (detailed)
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