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Chemical Name DUTASTERIDE (doo-TAS-teer-ide)
AVODART is used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or enlargement of the prostate gland. It helps to reduce the risk of urinary blockage and the need for prostate surgery. It may also be used along with other medicines such as FLOMAX (tamsulosin). AVODART works by lowering levels of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a major cause of prostate growth. Lowering DHT leads to shrinkage of the enlarged prostate gland.
Note: this medication should not be used for women or children.
Before using AVODART, patients should be aware of the following:
- Using AVODART may increase your risk of developing prostate cancer
- This medication should not be used by women or children
- Men being treated with AVODART should not donate blood until at least 6 months have passed following their last dose
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- 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 liver disease, heart problems (eg, heart failure), prostate cancer, urinary tract disease, or problems urinating
All medications may cause side effects, but usually patients have no, or minor, side effects. Common side effects of AVODART may include:
- Inability to have or maintain an erection
- Decrease in sex drive
- Difficulty ejaculation
- Breast tenderness or enlargement
Product Code: 2591
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