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Avodart
(Dutasteride)

Formulation : Capsule

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No Generic Alternative Available

No generic alternative is available for this drug.

What is Avodart /Dutasteride used for?

The prostate gland may continue to grow in many man, even when they are in their 50s. This continued growth of the prostate is the disease referred to as Enlarging Prostate or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Studies show that 50% of men over the age of 50 have an enlarged prostate. As the prostate grows, it places pressure on the urethra—the tube that carries urine and semen out of the penis. This increase in pressure on the urethra may lead to some bothersome urinary symptoms and in some rare cases may even lead to prostate surgery. AVODART is a medication that treats Enlarging Prostate. The medication works by shrinking the size of the prostate to reduce the risk of needing surgery for an enlarged prostate and the risk of developing acute urinary retention (AUR), the sudden inability to urinate. Avodart also improves bothersome urinary symptoms in the long term.

How should Avodart /Dutasteride be stored?

Store at room temperature. Keep away from moisture and heat.

General information

This medication should only be used by prescribed patient, do not give it to other people. The information provided is advisory only and does not contain all information pertaining to this medication. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider for question about this medication.

How should I take Avodart/Dutasteride ?

How much medicine you take and how often you take it depend on many factors, including the condition being treated and the age and weight of the patient. If you have any questions about the amount and/or frequency of the medicine you are taking, talk with your health care provider. Carefully read the information provided with this medicine and reread it each time you get this prescription refilled. Take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your health care provider. This medication should be taken with a full glass of water, with or without food. Swallow Tablet whole. Do not chew, crush, or split the Tablet. If you have difficulty swallowing the Tablet, consult your doctor or pharmacist for other suggestions on how to take the medicine. If a dose is missed, take it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. If more than one dose is missed, restart medicine and advise your health care provider at your next appointment.

When should Avodart /Dutasteride not be taken?

Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine or to similar medications such as finasteride (Propecia, Proscar). Do not take or handle (medication can be absorbed through the skin) Avodart if you are a woman or a child.

What precautions should I follow when taking Avodart /Dutasteride ?

Before using this medicine, tell your health care provider about any of the following: if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding (even though women, especially pregnant women, should not being taking or handling Avodart, this medication can cause birth defects); if you are taking any prescription medicine, nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement; f you have any other medical condition.

What special warning(s) should I be aware of when taking Avodart /Dutasteride ?

This medication can irritate the lips, mouth, or throat if the capsule is broken or opened prior to it being swallowed.  When taking Avodart, do not donate blood until 6 months after treatment ends because the medication can be carried in the blood causing birth defects if a pregnant women receives blood transfusion containing dutasteride.

When should Avodart /Dutasteride not be taken?

Most severe: Hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat.

Most common: Decreased libido (sex drive), decreased amount of semen released during sex, impotence (trouble getting or keeping an erection), or breast tenderness or enlargement.

Other: None.

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