Average Rating: 3.3 (36 Ratings)

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 5  BPH decreased semen volume, semen much thinner, less intense orgasm, low sex drive Avodart does a great job of reducing my BPH symptoms to near nil taking about 4 months to achieve a noticeable improvement with excellant improvement by the one year mark. My doctor recommended it for the "long term". It does have side effects but I got used to them. At age 57 I have been in a sexless marriage for over 10 years and the low sex drive is actually a plus for me as it makes married life much more comfortable and stress free. If you have an active sex life I'd stay away from this drug, but for men in a sexless marriage this could be a Godsend. It does not eliminate my sex drive but it turns it down a lot. M 57 8 years
5 mg 1X D
 4  Bph Semen volume stayed the same or even increased somehow. Libido is about the same. Noticing a small increase in impotence although I'm not sure if it is just a placebo effect. Starting to see hair grow around my hairline. Will continue taking it for another 5-12 months but if it starts to effect my erection I will decrease my dose to 3 times per week due to the long half life and if continues to effect it I will stop it and potentially try Finasteride to reduce the erectile effects. M 22 5 weeks
.5 1X D
 4  Bph Lowered sex Enlarged breasts mildly I will start now to take avodart every other day Also the flowmax every other day I do not have any urinary retention I hope it works M 69 3 years
0.5 mg
 4  Enlarged prostate Reduced ejaculate to almost nothing over 2 years. Stopped hair loss with some re-growth noticeable. Ocassional testicle pain, and erection more difficult with some flaccidness. Breasts somewhat swollen. Appears to raise blood sugar which can lead to more frequent urination when taken at night. Shrunk prostate, reduced PSA to < 2.0, helped urine flow. Take in conjunction with Flowmax. M 74 4 years
0.5 mg dai
 2  Enlarged Prostate Hasn't been any improvement though I didn't really expect there to be at such an early stage. Concerning side effect is severe vertigo. After about a month of taking duodart I noticed that whenever I bent over the room started spinning and I ended up on the floor. I will have to go back to my doctor. M 56 6 weeks
 1  Bph Cannot ejaculate. Depressed M 73 2 years
 4  BPH Decreased ejaculate I've taken Avodart for 14 years, 5 mg every other day, for BPH, starting when I was 53. It has been very effective in shrinking my prostate and decreasing my urinary symptoms. I really don't have any urinary problems of note at this point. My prostate must be the size of a peanut by now. :-) I suspect I would have needed surgery by now if Avodart had not been available. My PSA has stayed low, about 1.00. My hair started thinning when I was in my twenties. I think it is a certainty that the Avodart has been very effective in decreasing my hair loss. Several people who have known me over the years have commented on how my hair has been maintained in the past 14 years. I suspect I would have much less hair by now if not for the Avodart. But I'm not happy about the markedly decreased volume of ejaculate. I can still squirt some out, but it has really decreased. Interesting that the FDA list of the top 20 side effects attributed to dutasteride (list is available in this web site) doesn't even list this as a side effect! I don't understand that at all. That is a frequently mentioned side effect noted by men in this forum. I don't think I have had any significant decreased libido or performance issues. M 67 14 years
5 mg 1X O
 4  BPH Chemical castration. Take it. Avoid prostate Cancer M 54 5 years
 2  Hair loss Hey guys. I have been using this drug for hair loss for about 7 or 8 months now. I can't say I am pleased as I have continued to lose lots of hair the whole duration. I don't know what everyone is wining about though. I have had no side effects, libido, seen, sex drive is all normal and no other sides. I wold like to stop using the drug but I will continue for another 5 months to see if hairloss gets better or stops and make my decision from there. M 30 1 days
1mg 2 pill
 5  Bph Completely satisfied with reduction of enlarged prostate and symptons. Only side effect is volume of semen decrease. However by staying on an active exercise program it seems to keep me able to have erection and enjoy sex. It does decrease the ejaculate slightly. Benefits out weigh the minimal side effects. Took every day for one year. It took almost 10 months to show improvement. Last 4 months have cut back to every other day with good results so far M 56 1 years
.5 mg .
 2  prostrate No semen no desire for sex hair is growing M 63 1 days
 3  Enlarge prostate Low libido no semen Not working for me so fall I still have a low flow but my hair is growing back M 53 6 months
 4   Avodart was aremedy for low urine stream. it helped to improve frequency of urine , but dry mouth and diziness overall it is good for low urine M 52
1X D
 3  BPH Around six weeks after starting Avodart the volune of ejaculate began to decrease until after six months there was nothing at. In addition there was a dramatic change in the sensation I felt at the time if ejaculating; the pleasure was gone. My BPH symptoms had improved and so I decide to stop taking the Avodart in the hope that normal play would resume, however I'm sad to report the side effects have continued nine years on. My sex life has been ruined! M 60 1 days
 2  Enlarged prostate None that I'm aware of. After a year-and-a-half on this medication, I found it did nothing to shrink the prostate - it's the same size now as it was when I first started to take the drug - and nothing to alleviate the symptoms - frequent urination at night. Doctor contends it prevented the prostate from getting any larger. I contend it did nothing and was a complete waste of time and money. Glass half full/half empty. Will be trying alfuzosin next (Uroxatral generic equivalent). M 64 16 months
0.5 MG 1X D
 1  enlarged prostate Irreversible impotence. Fortunately, it also kills all sex drive. M 62 1 years
30 mg
 3  BPH Dizziness,confusion,large breasts,depression,headaches and itchy eyes.But I am peeing much better. M 59 4 months
5 mg
 5  bph no sex drive-constipated- M 76 3 years
1X D
 3  enlarged/inflamed prostate Leg muscle aches/cramps, joint stiffness, tenderness in feet This is the second time in 2 years that I have taken this drug....with a 6 month break in between. Symptoms began 20 - 30 days after starting the drug. The drug helps w/shrinking the prostate, but the side effects are miserable. M 60 2 months
20mg 1X D
 4  frequent urination/enlarged prostat Now taking Avodart every other day, alternating with Saw Palmetto extract.I believe my prostate has shrunk somewhat more. I will discontinue both Avodart and Flomax (which I also only take every other day now) when I run out. It will be interesting to see if my BPH issues continue to be better (having to urinate less often) and if the sexual side effects completely subside (a little more difficult to get an erection and decreased ejaculate). M 59 3 years
.5 1X O

AVODART  (DUTASTERIDE):  This medication is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia-BPH). It works by reducing the size of the enlarged prostate. This helps to relieve symptoms of BPH such as difficulty in beginning the flow of urine, weak stream, and the need to urinate frequently or urgently (including during the middle of the night). It may also reduce the need for surgery to treat BPH. Dutasteride is not approved for prevention of prostate cancer. It may slightly increase the risk of developing a very serious form of prostate cancer. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks. This medication should not be used by women or children.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)