Generic Name(s): dutasteride
Drug Class: 5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors
Treats: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Avodart (dutasteride) is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and hair loss in men. The prescription drug belongs to the classification 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. The inhibitor blocks the reductase enzyme which can cause prostate enlargement in men. An enlarged prostate can cause problems with urinating and possibly lead to surgery.
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Avodart prevents testosterone from turning into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by blocking a reductase enzyme. High levels of DHT can lead to an enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia and hair loss. Avodart is prescribed to men that may be suffering from BPH.
The drug decreases the chance of surgery as well as certain symptoms that are attached to benign prostatic hyperplasia. When the prostate becomes enlarged, certain muscles may tighten as well, causing problems when urinating. Avodart may be used in combination with other medication.
Below you will find the different uses for Avodart:
- Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Avodart dosage is wholly dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Follow the directions of your medical professional for best results. You may take this drug with or without food. Avodart comes in a capsule form and should be swallowed whole. If you miss any doses, take the dose as soon as you remember. It is not suggested, however, that you take two doses at once.
- Adults: take one 0.5mg tablet once daily
Avodart Side Effects
While taking Avodart, individuals may experience side effects. Note that not all side effects are listed here. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor immediately or seek medical attention.
Less Common Avodart Side Effects:
- Loss in sexual ability
- Decreased sexual performance
- Abnormal ejaculation
- Decreased interest in sexual intercourse
Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
- Chest pain
- Extreme fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Irregular heartbeat
- Weight gain
Like any other drug, Avodart may interact negatively with other drugs and substances. You should consult with your doctor before taking any new medication, including over the counter drugs. Below you will find a list of drugs and medications that have been known to interact with Avodart. Note that this list does not include all the possible drug interactions with Avodart.