Medication Alternatives to Avodart
There are basically two types of medicines used to treat BPH:
- 5-alpha reductase inhibitors: These medicines block the formation of DHT (dihydrotestosterone), helping to shrink the prostate. It may take as long as six months to see results with these medications. There are currently two of these medications available:
- Alpha-1 blockers: These medicines help relax the muscles near the prostate. They have no effect on the size of the prostate, but they can work very quickly. These medications include:
Avodart Alternatives: A SummaryThere are several alternatives to Avodart, including other medications, watchful waiting, and surgery. If Avodart is not working for you, or if it is causing bothersome side effects, ask your healthcare provider about trying an Avodart alternative.
(You can also read more about the treatment options for an enlarged prostate by clicking on Enlarged Prostate Treatment.)