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Avodart, also known by its generic name dutasteride, is a prescription medication used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It belongs to 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors drugs. A 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors drugs work by blocking the production of a particular hormone related to prostate growth.
Avodart is an effective treatment for improving urinary flow and may also reduce the likelihood of needing prostate surgery later. It is often used with tamsulosin (Flomax) to enhance its effects. The mechanism of action for Avodart is that it prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), thus reducing the symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Avodart is a prescription medical treatment used to treat enlargement of the prostate. It is sometimes prescribed off-label to help improve hair growth in men with male pattern baldness. Avodart works by blocking the production of a hormone that can lead to prostate enlargement and hair loss, allowing users to slow or even reverse these conditions.
Uses and Dosage
Avodart comes in the form of a capsule, which should be swallowed whole without crushing or chewing. It should be taken orally, once daily, as directed by your doctor. It may be taken with or without food.
The recommended dose of Avodart is one capsule (0.5 mg) taken orally once a day. The maximum recommended dose is one capsule (0.5 mg) per day. Do not take more than the recommended dose, as this may increase the risk of side effects.
Common Side Effects of Avodart Include:
- Breast tenderness
- Decrease in the amount of semen/sperm released during sex)
- Impotence (trouble getting or keeping an erection)
- Increased breast size
- Sexual problems (such as decreased sexual interest/ability
- Testicle pain or swelling
Serious Side Effects of Avodart
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Dilated neck veins
- Extreme fatigue
- Irregular breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
- Swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
- Trouble breathing
- Weight gain
Form and Strength
Avodart and its generic alternative Dutasteride are available in the following forms and strengths:
- 0.5 mg
- 0.5 mg
- Before taking dutasteride, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, so they can assess whether this medication is appropriate and safe for you to use.
- Your doctor or pharmacist may need to know if you have any of the following conditions: kidney or liver disease, prostate cancer, any allergies, or any other medical conditions. Let them know if you are taking any other medications, as some drugs may interact with dutasteride.
- Avoid donating blood while taking certain medications and for at least 6 months after you stop taking them. This is because the medication could be passed on to a pregnant woman through donated blood, which could be harmful to her and her baby. If you are taking any medications, make sure to check with your doctor before donating blood.
- Avodart contains inactive ingredients that may cause allergic reactions or other issues. If you are concerned, it is best to speak to your pharmacist for more information.
- If you miss a dose of Avodart, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses, as doing so may increase the risk of side effects.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the recommended dosage of Avodart?
The recommended dose of Avodart is one capsule (0.5 mg) taken orally once a day. The maximum recommended dose is one capsule (0.5 mg) per day.
What are the side effects of Avodart?
Common side effects of Avodart include decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, ejaculation disorder, and abnormal ejaculation. Other side effects may include decreased volume of ejaculation, breast enlargement or tenderness, and testicular pain.
Is Avodart approved for use in women?
No, Avodart is not approved for use in women, especially during pregnancy or breastfeeding. The active ingredient dutasteride in Avodart can be passed to a pregnant woman through donated blood, which could be harmful to her and her baby.
Is Avodart safe to take long-term?
Yes, Avodart is considered safe to take long-term. However, it is important to speak with your doctor about the potential risks and benefits before starting treatment.
It's important to purchase Avodart from verified Canadian pharmacy.