I have been taking Avodart for 9.5 months, how much shrinkage might I hope for at my yearly checkup?
13 Aug 2009
Avodart has been clinically successful in slowing down the disease process of BPH in men with an enlarged prostate. Everyone is different and it is impossible to predict how much shrinkage has occurred for you . You should be reassured that you are using a drug that has been rigorously tested in BPH and enlarged prostate with good proven clinical results.
23 Feb 2011
Four years ago, when at age 71, I began Avodart, I read on Beckman/Smith/Kline's website to expect 30% shrinkage in 3 years. I, and apparently you, have not found that information currently available.
The answer to your question requires measurements using an ultrasound scanner which most MDs do not know how to operate. I know this from my grandson who is an ultrasound tech. The doctor's digital rectal exam does not give a numerical measurement, only relative. Ultrasound is rare for prostates. I found an expert urologist, Duke Bahn, in Ventura CA but my Internist advised me last month to terminate as I "obviously" do not have prostate cancer. You have to know in this context that Dr. Bahn's ultrasound is for the purpose of biopsy for possible prostate cancer.
I have decided the numbers are not relevant. What's important is how well can you urinate? In that regard I am absolutely delighted with my performance. If my prostate continues to shrink, I really don't care, I'm fine now. Maybe I'll quit while I'm ahead as Avodart wrecks my libido.
- Avodart Information for Consumers
- Avodart Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Avodart (detailed)
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