dutasteride (Avodart)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

GENERIC NAME: dutasteride

BRAND NAME: Avodart

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PRESCRIBED FOR: 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.

SIDE EFFECTS: Dutasteride causes many sexual side effects.

Common side effects are:

MORE SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS: 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.

DOSAGE: The recommended dose of dutasteride is 0.5 mg once daily; do not chew the medication and do not administer to pediatric patients.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/25/2016
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