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Generic Avodart for BPH Is Coming Soon!

by The GoodRx Pharmacist on October 22, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Generic Avodart (dutasteride) was approved by the FDA on October 12, 2015, and is coming soon to your local pharmacy!

Dutasteride is use to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is a very common condition in men that can cause difficulty when urinating. It involves an abnormal enlargement of the prostate that is not caused by cancer.

How does dutasteride compare with other BPH treatments?

Some of the medications used to treat BPH can take several months to fully work while others start to work right away. Avodart (dutasteride) is one of the medications for BPH that can take up to almost 6 months or more to fully work and show its benefits.

This doesn’t mean that Avodart and similar drugs are less effective though. They actively reduce the size of the prostate—and this takes some time.

What strength and dosage form is dutasteride available in?
Dutasteride is available as a 0.5 mg capsule, same as Avodart.

What are the most common side effects of dutasteride capsules?

Some common side effects of dutasteride include:

  • Trouble getting or keeping an erection
  • Ejaculation problems
  • Decrease in sex drive
  • Enlarged or painful breast area

You should also be aware—some of these side effects can continue even after stopping dutasteride
When can I fill a prescription for generic dutasteride?
Dutasteride began shipping October 13, 2015, so you should be able to fill your prescription as soon as your pharmacy has it in stock.

What else should I know?

TEVA pharmaceuticals will have exclusive production rights of dutasteride for the first several weeks, so you may see prices drop even further after other manufacturers start to release more generic alternatives.

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