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Generic Dutasteride

Generic Dutasteride

About Dutasteride

Dutasteride is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men. This is a condition that causes you to have an enlarged prostate. This medicine helps to control your symptoms, decrease urinary retention, and reduces your risk of needing surgery.

Generic Avodart Now Available

A generic version of Avodart, used to treat the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men with an enlarged prostate, has been launched by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.Teva’s dutasteride capsules, equivalent to GlaxoSmithKline’s Avodart 0.5 mg, lower the production of dihydrotestosterone, thereby relieving symptoms of BPH.In addition to improving symptoms, dutasteride capsules can reduce the risk of acute urinary retention and reduce the risk of the need for BPH-related surgery.The capsules are not indicated for the reduction of prostate cancer risk.Adverse effects of dutasteride include impotence, decreased libido, ejaculation disorders, and breast disorders. The drug may also increase the risk of high-grade prostate cancer.

What are the uses for dutasteride?

Dutasteride is used for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. It improves symptoms of enlarged prostate, reduces retaining of urine, and reduces the risk of the need for prostate surgery.

What are the side effects of dutasteride?

Dutasteride causes many sexual side effects.

Common side effects are:

  • Impotence
  • Decreased libido
  • Ejaculation disorder
  • Breast enlargement and tenderness

Allergic reaction such as swelling under the skin may occur. Dutasteride also increases risk of high-grade prostate cancer. Patients must contact their healthcare professional if unusual reactions to dutasteride occur.

Is dutasteride safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

Dutasteride is not recommended to pregnant females because it can cause birth defects in the unborn child.It is not known whether dutasteride enters breast milk.

Risks to pregnant or breastfeeding women

Dutasteride and finasteride can harm a developing fetus. Women who are pregnant should avoid these drugs.These drugs can absorb through your skin when you handle them. Women who are pregnant should not handle them. Women who do touch a dutasteride capsule or a finasteride tablet should wash their hands immediately with soap and water.Men who take this drug should take precautions not to transfer it. Men who take dutasteride should wait 6 months after their last dose to donate blood. Finasteride leaves your body a lot more quickly, so men who take finasteride should wait 72 hours after their last dose to donate blood. Waiting these periods can help you avoid exposing pregnant women to either drug if they receive your blood.

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