Have been dealing with an enlarged benign prostate for a few years now, been on Avodart little less than 6 months, some good results in PSA numbers, had a biopsey July 2010, it was negative. How long should you continue with the Avodart before deciding to do anything else?
How long you continue with Avodart treatment will depend on how your body responds. Generally treatment time is somewhere between 6 months and 2 years.
Prostate growth is caused by a hormone in the blood called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Avodart lowers DHT production in the body, leading to shrinkage of the enlarged prostate in most men. Just as your prostate became large over a long period of time, reducing the size of your prostate and improving your symptoms will take time. While some men have fewer problems and symptoms after 3 months of treatment with Avodart, a treatment period of at least 6 months is usually necessary to see if Avodart will work for you. Studies have shown that treatment with Avodart for 2 years reduces the risk of complete blockage of urine flow (acute urinary retention) and/or the need for surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Ask your specialist for his/her thoughts.
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