Dutasteride (brand name Avodart) and finasteride (brand name Procar) are
medications prescribed for the treatment of an enlarged prostate (benign
prostatic hyperplasia, BPH). Both
dutasteride and finasteride delay the
progression of an enlarged prostate gland, which improves symptoms of BPH.
The side effects of both drugs are mostly sexual problems like breast enlargement, impotence (erectile dysfunction, ED). However, dutasteride may cause allergic reactions, and increases the risk of high-grade prostate cancer. In rare cases, finasteride has caused male breast cancer.
The recommended dose for dutasteride is mg once daily. finasteride should be used with caution if you have liver dysfunction. Neither drug should be used in females or pediatric patients.