Men are often diagnosed with BPH (enlarged prostate) before they even experience any symptoms, which is the perfect time to stop it from getting any worse – using an ounce of prevention.
But it’s ridiculous to use a sledgehammer for prevention. And by that, of course, I mean a powerful prescription drug.
Reckless to the extreme
In a recent trial, researchers studied two groups of men versus one drug.
In one group, the men had mild BPH symptoms. In the other group, men had no symptoms. Half the men took placebo. Half took Avodart, a BPH medication. To be fair, over four years, BPH advanced slightly less in the Avodart group, compared to placebo.
However, all of the “common” Avodart side effects showed up. They’re not for the faint of heart… erectile dysfunction, reduced sex drive, and enlarged breasts.
But it gets much worse. According to the Avodart website, the first two items on that list may continue even after you stop taking the drug.
But it isn’t only your sex life that will suffer. Research has also linked Avodart to increased risk of heart failure and advanced prostate cancer.
Using a drug with side effect dangers like this for a minor health issue – especially without symptoms – is just madness.
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“Effect of dutasteride on clinical progression of benign prostatic hyperplasia in asymptomatic men with enlarged prostate: a post hoc analysis of the REDUCE study” British Medical Journal, Vol. 346, 5/15/13, bmj.com