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Our doctors are here to help. Dutasteride can treat benign prostatic hyperplasia and more. Speak to one of our board-certified doctors to see if Dutasteride is right for you.

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Can You Get Avodart (Dutasteride) Online?

Yes, licensed medical doctors can prescribe Avodart (Dutasteride) online after a medical evaluation.

You can speak with one of our online doctors to learn more about Avodart. Book an online appointment with one of our top doctors using your phone or computer.

During your virtual visit, a physician will review your symptoms and medical history to provide a diagnosis. If the doctor determines that a patient would qualify for Avodart, they can write a prescription and electronically send it to a nearby pharmacy for pickup.

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What Is Avodart (Dutasteride) ?

Dutasteride is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men with an enlarged prostate. Dutasteride’s brand name is Avodart.

Dutasteride has also been shown to help with male pattern baldness but is not FDA approved for this treatment. Therefore, hair loss treatment with dutasteride is considered off-label.

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How Does Dutasteride Work?

Dutasteride works by reducing the size of the enlarged prostate.

There is a hormone in your blood called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that causes your prostate to grow. Dutasteride prevents the formation of DHT and helps relieve symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) such as developing acute urinary retention.

Dutasteride may also decrease the chance that prostate surgery will be needed. 

Dutasteride Dosage and Treatment

Before you start taking your medication, be sure to ask your doctor to explain any part you do not understand. Take Dutasteride as directed by your doctor. 

Typical dosage for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is one 0.5-mg capsule per day. 

The strength of your dosage will be determined by your doctor depending on your age, how severe your condition is, and other medications and conditions you may have. 

Dutasteride comes in a capsule and is taken by mouth. Swallow the capsules whole and do not chew them or crush them. It is usually taken once a day with or without food as directed by your doctor. Take it around the same time every day.

How Quickly Does Dutasteride Work?

Your symptoms may improve after you have taken dutasteride for 3 months, though most patients see the full benefit after 6 months of taking dutasteride.

What are the Benefits of Dutasteride?

Benefits of Dutasteride include experiencing less pain while urinating and less pain in your prostate. Some studies have found the benefit of hair growth while taking dutasteride.

What are Side Effects of Dutasteride?

Dutasteride may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of the following symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • Inability to have or maintain an erection
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Ejaculation problems

Some side effects may be more serious. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Peeling skin
  • Swelling of the face, tongue, or throat
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Weak urine
  • Painful /burning urination
  • Blood in urine or ejaculation

What are Considerations and Precautions of Dutasteride?

Taking Dutasteride may increase your risk of developing high-grade prostate cancer. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking dutasteride. 

Dutasteride should not be taken by women or during pregnancy. Taking the medication may increase your risk of developing prostate cancer. 

If you think you are having an allergic reaction, call your doctor right away. Do not take this drug if you have ever had an allergic reaction to Dutasteride or any other 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors.

Can Dutasteride Regrow Hair?

Dutasteride can grow your hair. Recent studies have shown that medication that inhibits both type I and type II 5-alpha-reductase, such as dutasteride, increases hair count in men due to isoenzymes that are present in the hair follicles.

Learn more about hair growth options by speaking to our doctors about receiving hair loss treatment.

What is the Difference Between Dutasteride and Finasteride?

Dutasteride and finasteride are both designed to stop the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that causes an enlarged prostate and causes male pattern baldness. The main difference between both Dutasteride and Finasteride is the intensity of the effect.

Is Dutasteride Better Than Finasteride for Hair Loss?

Finasteride 1mg blocks about 70% of DHT, whereas dutasteride 0.5mg blocks more than 90%.

This means that dutasteride is more effective at stopping the conversion of testosterone into DHT. Finasteride is generally the first-line treatment for hair loss, but a recent study has shown dutasteride as a stronger hair loss treatment.

Can You Lose Hair on Dutasteride?

Dutasteride blocks dihydrotestosterone from causing male pattern baldness. Speak to your doctor if you are taking dutasteride and are experiencing hair loss.

Is it Safe to Take Dutasteride?

Yes, It is safe to take dutasteride as prescribed by your doctor. Tell your doctor about other health concerns or side effects you may have while taking Dutasteride.

Is it Safe to Take Dutasteride Long Term?

It is safe to take dutasteride long term since results can take nearly a year for full beneficial results to appear. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Do You Need a Prescription For Dutasteride?

Legally, you need to have a medical consultation with a doctor before you can receive a dutasteride prescription medication. You can request a dutasteride prescription by seeing a doctor online.

Online doctors can write prescriptions and prescription refills and will electronically send your prescription to the pharmacy of your choice, following your online appointment.

If you think you are developing prostate problems and are having difficulties urinating, speak with one of our board-certified doctors, who can help provide a treatment plan.


Telehealth is not appropriate for serious conditions that require immediate attention or emergency care. If you experience any life-threatening issues, call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately.


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