Avodart™, whose generic name is dutasteride, is a type of 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor which works to prevent regular testosterone from becoming dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a byproduct that smothers hair follicles causing hair to fall out. It is often prescribed as a DHT blocker to treat male pattern baldness, though such practice is not approved by the FDA. Hence, this form of DHT blocker is not currently sold under any other name. Dutasteride is manufactured and sold by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the world’s third largest pharmacy located in London.
Avodart™ is still relatively new on the market and is used mainly to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate cancer) for which it is highly effective, but not as successful as a DHT blocker. It is often confused with Propecia™ (generic finasteride) but it is not the quite the same thing and it’s best the two not be used interchangeably.
Currently, Avodart™ and dutasteride are considered risky as DHT blockers since they have side effects.
Common side effects:
- Ejaculation difficulties – less than normal semen is released during sex
- Breast swelling or tenderness
- Reduced levels of libido
- Impotence or erectile disorders
- Allergic reactions as itching, rashes, hives, and swelling of the lips or face.
- Muscle aches
Heart failures and cancer may arise through prolonged use of Avodart™, but like the last two listed symptoms, either is very common.
Aging men in particular must take precautions before considering Avodart™ as a DHT blocker. This is because they are more prevalent to lower urinary tract symptoms and dysfunctions related to sex than their younger counterparts. As compared to placebos, Avodart™ or dutasteride bring on a greater risk of erectile dysfunction and reduced libido. Passion Rx, Prostate Power Rx, or natural sex herbs could potentially be helpful in some men in reversing some of these Avodart related sexual side effects.
Knowing its side effects, there are precautions one must take before considering Avodart™ or dutasteride as a DHT blocker which are as follows:
- Women or children must never ingest either.
- Pregnant women must never touch or handle either, even those who are not sure if they are pregnant or not.
- Men taking either must refrain from donating blood for at least six months after the medication was last used. This is because a pregnant woman may receive their blood during a transfusion.
- Men with liver problems by all means must avoid them.
If you should decide to use Avodart™ as a DHT blocker, it is best to consult with your personal physician first. As time goes on, pay attention to how it affects your body as well as hair line. You may also want to take it in smaller doses or take breaks from using it if the DHT blocker is helping your hair grow but raises concerns with potential side effects.