Dutasteride is a drug used for the treatment of an enlarged prostate in males.
Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, Dutasteride is a drug prescribed for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men suffering from enlarged prostate.
Dutasteride helps to improve the urinary flow and can also help in the reduction of any need for prostate surgery at a later date.
Dutasteride is a 5 alpha-reductase enzyme inhibitor known as a hormone antagonist that helps prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone.
It actually works by lowering the levels of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a know to be the major cause of prostate growth.
Lowering DHT helps in the shrinkage of an enlarged prostate gland.
Dutasteride is often prescribed with another medication called Tamsulosin.
As with all medication always be careful to read the instructions provided with each of your prescriptions.
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It is important to check with your doctor before you start using Dutasteride:
Some medical conditions may interact with Dutasteride. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding
if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
if you have heart failure, urinary tract problems, or problems urinating
if you have a history of abnormal liver function tests, prostate cancer increased serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels or liver problems
Take by mouth with or without food.
Swallow Dutasteride whole. Do not break, crush, chew, or open before swallowing.
Take Dutasteride on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
Continue to take medication even if you feel unwell. Do not miss any doses.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible if you remember the same day.