dutasteride (Avodart) (cont.)

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SIDE EFFECTS: Dutasteride causes many sexual side effects.

Common side effects are:

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.



PREPARATIONS: Dutasteride is available as 0.5 mg liquid-filled capsules.

STORAGE: Dutasteride capsules should be stored between 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).

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

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Medications such as ketoconazole (Nizoral), cimetidine (Tagamet), diltiazem (Cardizem), verapamil (Calan), ritonavir (Norvir) and clarithromycin (Biaxin) slow down the breakdown of dutasteride. This may lead to increased levels of dutasteride in the body, increasing side effects such as decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, and impotence.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/22/2014

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