What is Dutasteride used for?
Dutasteride is prescribed to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men with enlarged prostate. By shrinking the size of the prostate, Dutasteride helps reduce BPH symptoms such as decreased urine flow; a need to pass urine more often, especially at night; difficulty in starting urination; and urgent urination. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Dutasteride?
The dosage of Dutasteride 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. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.
The recommended dose of Dutasteride is 0.5 mg once daily, with or without food.
What if you miss a dose of Dutasteride?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Dutasteride 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?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Dutasteride, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Dutasteride?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Dutasteride.
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, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Dutasteride can interact with antibiotics, antifungal medications, antidepressants, HIV/AIDS medicines, blood pressure medications, and heart 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?
Like other medicines, Dutasteride can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Dutasteride 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 cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Dutasteride develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Dutasteride can cause side effects such as decreased sex drive, impotence, and breast tenderness. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are rash, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and swelling of the eyelids, face, or lips. 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.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Dutasteride?
Is it possible for me to take Dutasteride with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Dutasteride?
What are the possible drug interactions of Dutasteride?
How will Dutasteride work in my body?
How should Dutasteride be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Dutasteride 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. Before taking Dutasteride, inform your doctor if you have any allergies, urinary tract disease, liver disease, and prostate cancer. This medicine should never be taken by a woman or a child. Also, it should not be handled by pregnant as well as breast-feeding women, as it can be absorbed through the skin. While taking Dutasteride, do not donate blood.