Avodart (Dutasteride) belongs to a class of medications known as 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors. It is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men with an enlarged prostate. BPH is a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland that usually occurs in men after the age of 50. This medication works to reduce the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that causes enlargement of the prostate gland. Dustasteride relieves symptoms of BPH by reducing the size of the prostate and improving the flow of urine. Dutasteride reduces the likelihood of prostate surgery for men with BPH. The recommended dose of Dutasteride is 0.5mg once daily.
We currently have the brand from Turkey and the generic from India. Avodart comes in capsule form available in 0.5 mg.
Side effects of Dutasteride may include:
• Breast tenderness or enlargement;
• Decreased amount of semen released during sex;
• Decreased libido (sex drive);
• Impotence (trouble getting or keeping an erection)
Avodart should never be taken by a woman or child. Dutasteride can be absorbed through the skin, and women or children should not be permitted to handle the capsules. This medication can cause birth defects if a woman is exposed to it during pregnancy therefore, it should not be handled by a woman who is pregnant or who may become pregnant. Do not donate blood while taking Avodart for at least 6 months after your treatment ends. Avodart may increase your risk of developing prostate cancer. Your doctor will perform tests to make sure you do not have other conditions that would prevent you from safely using this medication. There may be an interaction between Dutasteride and other medications such as ciprofloxacin, cyclosporine, diltiazem, propranolol, verapamil, etc.