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Dutasteride

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Avodart®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Avodart®
    • Mexican Brand Names: Avodart
    • Pharmacologic Category: 5 Alpha-Reductase Inhibitor

    Uses
    • It is used to treat the signs of an enlarged prostate. It may take a few months to see the full effect.
    • It is used to help hair growth in male pattern baldness. It may take 3 months to see the full effect.
    • Dutasteride lowers prostate growth by lowering testosterone levels.
    • It may lower the size of the prostate and help lower the signs.
    • It helps hair regrowth and slows hair loss.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • Swallow capsule whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • Do not give to a child. Talk with your doctor.
    • If you have an allergy to dutasteride or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you are a woman.

    Precautions

    • Do not donate blood while using this drug and for 6 months after stopping.
    • Do not touch capsules if you are pregnant or of childbearing age.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If taking for an enlarged prostate, have a rectal exam (to check prostate gland) and blood work (PSA test). Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • If you are a man and have sex, protect your partner from pregnancy during care and for 6 months after care ends. Use birth control that you can trust.

    Side Effects

    • Enlarged breasts.
    • Change in sex ability. This most often goes back to normal.
    • A fast growing prostate cancer may rarely happen.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • A lump in the breast or breast soreness.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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