Avodart
DESCRIPTION

Avodart is a medication used to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate in men. This medication is also commonly known as Dutasteride.

How it works

This medication works by directly reducing the size of the enlarged prostate. It is useful in relieving the symptoms of this condition which include difficulty in urination and the need to urinate frequently.

Uses

The medication is mainly used to treat enlarged prostates, which is a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Dosage

This medication is generally consumed once a day. You must only consume this medication as directed by your doctor. You need to make sure that the dosage of your treatment is determined according to the uniqueness of your medical condition.

You can consume this medication by mouth, with or without food. It is important for you to swallow this medication whole. Do not crush or chew the tablets. It is important for you to consume this tablet regularly in order to benefit from it. If you keep forgetting your doses, taking them at the same time every day will be of help.

It can take at least 3-6 months for this medication to work. Therefore, you need to follow the prescription provided by your physician. Do not make any changes to the dosage during this time period. If the condition persist or worsens during this period, make sure to inform your physician immediately.

Side effects

Even though this medication is highly beneficial, it is possible for you to experience certain adverse health effects during the treatment period. The following are some side effects that you may or may not experience while consuming this drug.

Testicle pain
Testicle swelling
Increased breast size
Breast tenderness

It is also possible for you to experience sexual problems such as decreased sexual ability and decreased amount of sperm. These side effects can continue even after you stop the treatment. In this case, you need to inform your healthcare provider immediately.

You might also experience some allergic reactions to this drug. If you do experience rashes, swelling, itching, severe dizziness or trouble breathing, make sure to get immediate medical help.

Precautions

In order to avoid these side effects, it is important for you to follow the precautionary instructions given below.

Make sure that you are not allergic to the ingredients of this medication.
Inform your physician about your medical history.
Do not use this medication to treat prostate cancer.
Do not use this medication on women or children.
Do not donate blood while consuming this medication. You must not donate blood at least for six months after you discontinue the treatment.
Make sure to inform your physician about all the drugs that you are currently taking. This includes prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products.
Do not make any changes to the dosage or dose schedule without informing your physician.

Self-care

This medication must not be used by women – especially by women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant. This medication can be absorbed through the skin. It can cause considerable harm to an unborn baby. Therefore, it should be handled by pregnant women.

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