What is Avodart?
Avodart is the brand name of the active ingredient dutasteride, a drug used for treatment of men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), simply referred to as an enlarged prostate. Avodart works by inhibiting the age-associated conversion of testosterone to DHT, the substance that stimulates enlargement of the prostate.
How should I take Avodart?
You should take Avodart exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Typically, this will be once a day around the same time with a glass of water. It can be taken with or without food. Never take more or less Avodart than is prescribed for you. Never crush, chew or open the capsules. Store your capsules away from heat and moisture to keep the capsules from leaking or sticking together. Avodart capsules should always be swallowed whole, as extended contact with dutasteride can irritate the throat, mouth and lips.
How soon after taking Avodart will my symptoms improve?
When taking Avodart, your symptoms should improve within three to six months. You will need to have your prostate checked regularly to monitor how well your condition is improving. For this reason, it is very important that you keep all of your follow-up laboratory and doctor appointments.
What happens if I miss a dose of Avodart?
If you miss a dose of Avodart, take the next dose as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one. Never take a double dose in attempt to make up for a missed dose.
Is Avodart safe for pregnant women?
Women should not handle the capsules or have any contact with Avodart. If a pregnant woman touches or handles Avodart capsules, the active ingredient (dutasteride) can be absorbed through the skin, get into the bloodstream and cross the placenta where it can lead to fetal harm and birth defects.
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