Avodart is a drug that is given to arrest testosterone from converting into DHT (dihydrotestosterone). DHT (dihydrotestosterone) aids the development of BPH i.e. benign prostatic hyperplasia. The generic name of Avodart is Dutasteride.
Indications of Avodart (Dutasteride)
- Avodart (Dutasteride) is used in the treatment BPH i.e. benign prostatic hyperplasia in the men who have an enlarged prostate. Sometimes, the doctor prescribes Avodart (Dutasteride) with other drug known as Flomax (tamsulosin) which is an alpha-adrenergic antagonist.
- This drug helps in improving urinary flow. This cuts down the risk of AUR (acute urinary retention).
- Taking this drug might cut down the chances of undergoing a prostate surgery in future.
Side- effects of Avodart (Dutasteride)
Avodart (Dutasteride) can some very- serious and some not- so- serious side- effects. The major side- effects of this drug need emergency medical help while the minor side- effects go on their own.
The serious major side- effects of Avodart (Dutasteride) include:
- Allergic reaction to Avodart (Dutasteride) that leads to the symptoms like hives, difficulty in breathing and swelling on lips, tongue, face and throat. Thus, if you are allergic to any of the ingredient of this drug, you must not take it.
If any of these symptoms occur, you must visit your doctor as soon as possible and take medical help.
The less serious side- effects of Avodart (Dutasteride) include:
- Decreased sex drive (decreased libido)
- Reduction in the quantity of semen released after having sexual encounter
- Trouble in getting proper erection or trouble in maintaining erection for longer duration of time (impotence)
- Enlargement or tenderness in breasts
These side- effects go on their own once you discontinue the use of Avodart (Dutasteride).
How to take Avodart (Dutasteride)?
Avodart (Dutasteride) must be taken in the exact way as advised by the doctor. You must take the drug in the proper dose. Never take large or smaller dose than the prescribed one.
Take the drug with a glass full of water. You can take Avodart (Dutasteride) with or without food.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Taking Avodart (Dutasteride) in pregnancy is not advised. It is known that Avodart (Dutasteride) can harm the foetus. This you must not take this drug if you are pregnant. The risks involved in the use of Avodart (Dutasteride) outweigh the potential benefit caused by it.
Thus, it is very important to discuss each and everything with your doctor before you take this drug. Tell your specialist if you are expecting or planning to become mother during the course of taking this drug. Your doctor will change the drug or the drug dose as required.
The use of Avodart (Dutasteride) is contraindicated for lactating mothers. This drug can pass into mother’s breast milk and hence, it is not given to the ladies who breastfed their babies. The effects of Avodart (Dutasteride) on the infants are still not known.
You must tell your specialist if you are a lactating mother. Your doctor will change the drug as required.
Avodart is prescribed to treat BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) in men suffering with an enlarged prostate. Men over the age of 50 are prone to enlargement of the prostate gland. The enlarged gland constricts the uretha, resulting in various urination problems. The active ingredient in Avodart helps shrink the enlarged prostate gland, thereby facilitating a normal flow of urine. This may avoid the need for surgery.
Avodart is used to treat other medical conditions not listed in this information guide.
Avodart must always be used as directed. Do not make adjustments to the dose before speaking to a doctor. Avodart must be taken with water.
Never break open, crush or chew the capsule – it must be swallowed whole. The contents of the capsule may cause irritation when coming into contact with the mouth, lips or throat.
It may be necessary to take Avodart for up to six months before an improvement is noticed. Do not stop using this drug unless instructed by a doctor.
If you miss a dose, it may be taken when you remember. However, do not take the missed dose near the time of the next scheduled dose. In this case, ignore the missed dose. Never double-up on a dose.
Warnings and Precautions
Do not use Avodart if you are allergic to dutasteride.
During treatment with Avodart you will need to have your prostate checked regularly by your doctor.
IMPORTANT WARNING: Avodart is to be used by men only. Women and children should not even handle an Avodart capsule, especially pregnant women. The active ingredient in Avodart, dutasteride, can damage an unborn fetus if a pregnant woman is exposed to the contents of an Avodart capsule. In the event of accidental contact by a woman or child, wash the affected area immediately with soap and water.
Before using Avodart, you must give your doctor full details of your medical history and other medications that you use. These include herbal medicines and vitamin supplements. Avodart can react badly with some medications.
Men who are blood donors should not donate blood for at least six months after treatment with Avodart has ended.
Call for emergency assistance if any of the following symptoms of allergy occur: difficulty in breathing, hives, or swelling of the lips, tongue, throat or face.
Less serious side-effects include erectile dysfunction, diminished sex drive, decreased semen, breast enlargement, or breast tenderness. These side-effects generally occur in the initial stages of treatment and do not last long.
Contact your doctor if any uncomfortable symptoms occur, or persist.
Overdose with Avodart is not likely to be life-threatening. However, if overdose is suspected, call for emergency assistance.
Avodart must be kept away from children and stored in a dry, cool place away from sunlight and moisture.