What does dutasteride do?
DUTASTERIDE (Avodart(R)) is used to in men to treat benign swelling of the prostate. This medicine works by lowering the amount of the hormone responsible for prostate growth. Dutasteride reduces urinary blockage and improves urine flow. This medicine should not be used in women and children.
What should my health care professional know before I use dutasteride?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
• liver disease
• urinary tract disease
• prostate cancer
How should I use this medicine?
Take dutasteride by mouth. This medicine is best taken on an empty stomach or with food.Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.Follow the directions on the prescription label. To help you remember, take your dose at the same time(s) each day. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, and you remember the same day, take it as soon as possible. If you do not remember until the next day, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
What other medicines can interact with dutasteride?
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines that you are taking, including non-prescription medicines. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from using dutasteride?
Rare or uncommon-signs of allergic reactions:
• skin rash and itching (hives)
• difficulty breathing
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
• sexual function (e.g., impotence, decreased interest in sex, decrease in amount of ejaculate)
These effects may go away as your body adjusts to the medicine. Breast tenderness or enlargement may also occur while you are taking this medicine.