Avodart (Dutasteride) is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It is usually in men with an enlarged prostate. This medication helps improve urinary flow. This may also lessen your need for prostate surgery later on. This can be used alone or in combination with another medication for BPH.
How does Avodart (Dutasteride) Soft Gelatin Capsule work?
Avodart (Dutasteride) Soft Gelatin Capsule helps prevents the change of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the androgen mainly responsible for the first growth and later development of the prostate gland. Testosterone is changed to DHT by the enzyme 5 alpha-reductase. It occurs as 2 isoforms, type 1 and 2. The type 2 isoenzyme is mainly active in the reproductive tissues. The type 1 isoenzyme is also in control for testosterone change in the skin and liver. This medication is a competitive and detailed inhibitor of both type 1 and type 2 and 5 alpha-reductase isoenzymes. It is which it forms a steady enzyme complex.
Why use Avodart (Dutasteride) Soft Gelatin Capsule?
Avodart (Dutasteride) belongs to a group of medications called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. It blocks the making of a natural substance that reasons to prostate enlargement. This comes in soft gelatin capsule form. Each Avodart Soft Gelatin Capsule contains 0.5mg of Dutasteride. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this medication.
How to use Avodart (Dutasteride) Soft Gelatin Capsule?
The recommended dosage for this medication will depend on your condition and response. This is usually taken once a day with or without food. It should be swallowed as a whole. A treatment period of at least 6 months is usually needed to see if Avodart will work for you. Some men notice an early improvement in their symptoms. You must continue taking this medication as your symptoms improve. Use this regularly or as directed by your doctor. Do not change the dosage or stop taking this without consulting your doctor.
What are the side-effects of Avodart (Dutasteride) Soft Gelatin Capsule?
- Serious skin reactions (skin peeling)
- Swelling of your face, throat, or tongue
- Trouble maintaining or having an erection (impotence)
- A decreased in sex drive (libido)
- Ejaculation problems
- Enlarged or painful breasts
If these continue or get worse, call your doctor right away.
Warnings and Precautions
- Inform your doctor if you have any allergies, medical history, or current medications.
- Consult first your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women.
- Do not take twice the prescribed dosage.
- You should not use this on other condition unless you have consulted your doctor.
- Keep this away from the heat and reach of children.