Dutasteride is a medication used to treat an enlarged prostate gland, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It works by reducing the size of the prostate gland and improving urinary flow. Dutasteride is also used in combination with another medication, tamsulosin, to treat BPH.
How to take dutasteride:
Dutasteride is taken orally as a capsule, usually once daily with or without food. It may take several months to see the full benefit of dutasteride. Do not crush, chew or open the capsules. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
Possible side effects of dutasteride:
Dutasteride may cause some side effects, including:
Impotence or decreased libido
Breast enlargement or tenderness
Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
If any of these side effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor immediately.
Precautions and warnings for dutasteride:
Before taking dutasteride, inform your doctor if you have any medical conditions, especially liver disease or prostate cancer. Dutasteride may increase the risk of high-grade prostate cancer. It is important to attend regular doctor appointments and report any new or worsening symptoms to your healthcare provider while taking dutasteride.
Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should avoid handling crushed or broken dutasteride capsules, as dutasteride may be absorbed through the skin and cause birth defects in male fetuses.