This medicine is to reduce the size of enlarged prostate, when I will be free to stop taking Avodart. My new Doctor told me that I should have had surgery when I was younger? answer me please.
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.
- Avodart Information for Consumers
- Avodart Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Avodart (detailed)
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