Generic Avodart – Its Origin & Approval

By: Generic Smith

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) introduced the drug Avodart onto the market as a prescription drug in 2002 as a treatment for enlarged prostate gland in men. Avodart decreases the amount of dihydroxytestosterone (DHT) in the body, thus allowing the prostate gland to shrink. When the prostate is smaller, it places less pressure on the urinary tract, thereby relieving painful urinary symptoms that often accompany an enlarged prostate.

In 2006, Avodart was granted approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of male pattern hair loss. Often, drugs that decrease circulating levels of DHT cause male pattern baldness to slow or even reverse. A small number of patients taking Avodart experience decreased sex drive, so prospective patients must weigh the advantages and disadvantages of this or any drug before beginning treatment.

Since the drug came on the market, consumers have been anxiously awaiting news of a generic version of Avodart, which can cost up to $100 US for one month’s treatment. Because of the clamor for such a generic, a number of Internet sites have sprung up offering their own “generic” version of Avodart. However, the patent for Avodart does not expire until 2013, and it won’t be until after that time that a generic equivalent of the active ingredient of Avodart will be available.

Although no manufacturer in the world is able to commercially produce a true generic equivalent to Avodart, there are many websites that claim to have just that. Drugs obtained over the Internet are usually not certified by health authorities such as the U.S. FDA, and are therefore illegal to import to the U.S. Drugs purchased over the Internet may contain harmful substances or cause harmful side effects. At best, such drugs may do nothing except drain the customer’s bank account.

Although true generic Avodart won’t be available for another few years, there are still a number of treatments for prostate enlargement and male pattern hair loss. The effectiveness of these treatments varies from patient to patient, so it may be necessary to try more than one type of treatment before finding one that works for you.

In summary, Avodart will not have an approved generic equivalent until the year 2013. Drugs sold over the Internet that claim to be generic versions of Avodart should be treated with suspicion. They could be useless or even harmful. The best strategy for any man wanting treatment for enlarged prostate or male pattern baldness is a frank and honest discussion with a medical professional, so that a treatment’s safety and effectiveness can be adequately monitored.

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