What is Dutasteride–Tamsulosin used for?
Dutasteride–Tamsulosin is indicated for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men with an enlarged prostate. It is a combination medication composed of Dutasteride and Tamsulosin. Dutasteride is a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor that works by decreasing the size of the enlarged prostate; Tamsulosin is an alpha-adrenergic antagonist that works by relaxing muscles in the prostate and bladder neck, which helps relieve BPH symptoms such as urinary frequency, urinary urgency, and so on. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Dutasteride–Tamsulosin?
The dosage of Dutasteride–Tamsulosin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Dutasteride–Tamsulosin. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.
Dutasteride–Tamsulosin is usually taken once daily, approximately 30 minutes after a meal. Do not crush, chew, or open Dutasteride–Tamsulosin capsule. Swallow it whole.
What if you miss a dose of Dutasteride–Tamsulosin?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Dutasteride–Tamsulosin medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Dutasteride–Tamsulosin?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Dutasteride–Tamsulosin, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Dutasteride–Tamsulosin?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Dutasteride–Tamsulosin.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Dutasteride–Tamsulosin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Dutasteride–Tamsulosin can interact with other alpha blockers, antifungal medications, antimalaria medications, HIV/AIDS medicines, and heart or blood pressure medications.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Dutasteride–Tamsulosin?
Like other medicines, Dutasteride–Tamsulosin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Dutasteride–Tamsulosin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Dutasteride–Tamsulosin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Dutasteride–Tamsulosin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Dutasteride–Tamsulosin can cause side effects such as decreased libido, dizziness, runny nose, and breast swelling or tenderness. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Dutasteride–Tamsulosin.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Dutasteride–Tamsulosin?
Is it possible for me to take Dutasteride–Tamsulosin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Dutasteride–Tamsulosin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Dutasteride–Tamsulosin?
How will Dutasteride–Tamsulosin work in my body?
How should Dutasteride–Tamsulosin be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Dutasteride–Tamsulosin drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Dutasteride–Tamsulosin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.