What is Dutasteride?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Avodart

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See also: Duodart Jalyn

Dutasteride is used for the treatment of symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) as monotherapy or combination therapy with tamsulosin. Off label it is used for the treatment of male patterned baldness.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Swollen prostate 8 6
BPH (Benign prostatic hyperplasia) 4 2
General health 2 0
Prostate Cancer 2 0
Bladder control issues 1 1
Frequent night time urination 1 0

Show all 13 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 2
Mild 3
None 11

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Dutasteride

Side effect Patients
Semen production decreased 2
Decreased sperm production 1
Gynecomastia 1
Loss of pleasure 1
Sex drive (libido) decreased 1
Sexual dysfunction 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Dutasteride

Dosage Patients
0.5 mg daily 3

Why patients stopped taking Dutasteride

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 3
Doctor's advice 3
Expense 2
Side effects too severe 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Course of treatment ended 1
Other 1
Personal research 1
See all 7 patients who’ve stopped taking Dutasteride

Duration

Currently taking Dutasteride

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Dutasteride

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 14
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 12
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 3
< $25 3
Not specified 7

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Dutasteride after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Finasteride (Proscar) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Dutasteride

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Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: b
I have:
ALS

See jpolden15's full Dutasteride history

Sep 15, 2014 (Started Jan 30, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Swollen prostate)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily

Dec 5, 2013 (Started Jan 30, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Swollen prostate)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily

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