Avodart (Dutasteride)

Generic Name: dutasteride, pronounced as doo TAS ter ide

Brand Name: Avodart

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Description

 

This medication is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or more commonly known as an enlarged prostate.

Avodart works by reducing its size to relieve symptoms such as the need for frequent/urgent urination especially in the middle of the night, weak stream, and difficulty in beginning the urine flow.

When taking this medication, it may improve urinary flow and may make surgery to treat BPH unnecessary later on.

Key Information About Avodart

You should know, though, that Avodart is not a medication used to prevent prostate cancer. In fact, the risk of developing prostate cancer (a very serious form of it) may be slightly increased the usage of this medication. Which is why it is important to discuss with your doctor before you take this drug.

Women and children should not take this medication, nor handle it since it can be easily absorbed through the skin. If a pregnant woman (or a to be pregnant woman) is exposed to it, there’s a risk of birth defects on the baby.

Ingredients In Avodart

Dutasteride is the active ingredient in Avodart. The inactive ingredients include: titanium dioxide, mono-di-glycerides of caprylic/capric acid, gelatin (from certified BSE-free bovine sources), ferric oxide, butylated hydroxytoluene, and edible red ink.