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What does Dutasteride–Tamsulosin treat?

Dutasteride–Tamsulosin is a combination medication made up of Dutasteride and Tamsulosin. This is prescribed to treat men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in an enlarged prostate. This works by relaxing muscles in the prostate and bladder neck which help relieve BPH symptoms such as urinary frequency, urinary urgency and so on. This medication must never be used by women or children.

Dosage Instructions

Follow the Dutasteride–Tamsulosin dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. It is usually taken once daily and about 30 minutes after a meal. Never crush, chew or open a Dutasteride–Tamsulosin capsule. Swallow it whole.

Missed a dose?

Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.

Overdosed?

Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Dutasteride–Tamsulosin is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase or interfere with the effect of Dutasteride–Tamsulosin.

It may interact with: 

  • Chloroquine 
  • Clarithromycin 
  • Clomipramine 
  • Cyclosporine 

It may also interact with HIV/AIDS medicines, alpha blockers, antimalaria medications, antifungal medications, and heart or blood pressure medications. This is not an exhaustive list though.

Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.

Possible Side Effects

Dutasteride–Tamsulosin might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.

Some of the side effects could be runny nose, decreased libido, dizziness, ejaculation problems and breast swelling or tenderness. This is not the complete list though.

In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.

What to ask your doctor before you start on Dutasteride–Tamsulosin

  • Can I take Dutasteride–Tamsulosin along with other drugs? 
  • Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Dutasteride–Tamsulosin? 
  • What is the dosage of Dutasteride–Tamsulosin to be consumed? 
  • How should I use Dutasteride–Tamsulosin? 
  • How will Dutasteride–Tamsulosin work on my body? 
  • How can the drug interactions and side effects of Dutasteride–Tamsulosin be minimized or completely avoided?

Disclaimer

The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Dutasteride–Tamsulosin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.

 

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