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Avodart is used for men with symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) to improve symptoms, reduce the risk for need of BPH-related surgery, and to prevent acute urinary retention (AUR). 

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    I am taking finisteride, a generic for avodart. I am experiencing all side effects; ED, loss of libido, and enlarged breasts. Will a testosterone supplement interfere with the drug’s purpose?
    PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: It might well. Finasteride blocks a metabolite of testosterone; taking testosterone could overwhelm the effect of the drug on the prostate as well as in other areas.

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