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My urologist asked me to take Avodart for 3 months to see how much it can shrink my 71 gram prostate, then possibly follow up with the Rezum procedure. My prostate grew from 60 grams to 71 grams in the 16 months between MRI's. (Prostate cancer ruled out with biopsy about 18 months ago, but did find I have a median lobe.)
Long story overall, but I'm 54 years old, urination difficulties started about 3 years ago, and it's very intermittent. Most days urination is decent, I only get up once per night, but then about one day per week I'll have a day or two where I can barely urinate at all, and might be in the bathroom every hour until it finally starts to flow. I've had a few mornings where I couldn't urinate at all for several hours, despite a massive urge.
My question is about the risk of taking Avodart. I've seen studies that show the majority of side effects occur in the first few months of taking it, and can be permanent. And I've seen a few comments in this forum from people who've had problems, and call it "chemical castrations".
I'd definitely appreciate any inputs based on experiences with this drug...
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