Avodart is the trade name of the generic formulation of Dutasteride. The men’s health drug belongs to the class of 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors and it works by suppressing the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The drug has a biological half-life of about five weeks. Dutasteride is indicated for use in men only.
Avodart is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). This is a condition wherein the individual is affected by abnormal increase in the size of the prostate gland. The drug helps to reduce the size of the prostate tissue by suppressing the DHT levels.
The drug may also be used in other conditions where the high level of DHT is causing other health issues like hair loss. The long half-life of the pill makes it useful for the short-term treatment of BPH.
Avodart should be taken exactly as recommended by the prescribing physician. The person can also read the product label for instructions of use.
The orally ingested capsules may be taken either with or without food, along with a full glass of water to help dissolve the capsule in the stomach.
The drug should never be crushed or chewed, but swallowed whole. The capsules should be stored away from moisture and heat to keep it intact.
Women and children should not handle Avodart pills as the active ingredient can be absorbed into the skin, which is harmful.
BPH patients advised to take this drug should undergo regular blood tests to see if the medication is causing any adverse reactions.
Additionally, the person cannot donate blood for a period of six months after taking Avodart drug as it takes that long to become completely eliminated from the body.
If the blood is transfused to a pregnant woman, the properties of the drug can harm the developing fetus and result in birth defects.
Before taking this drug, the individual should consult a physician if the medication is suitable for him or not and then get prescribed Avodart. Persons allergic to the active ingredient Dutasteride or another similar drug Finasteride should not take it.
Some of the side effects of taking this pill are
For persistent and severe symptoms, consult a healthcare provider immediately.
Interaction of Avodart with other medications can be avoided by disclosing to the doctor any drugs that the person may be taking.
Some of the drugs that one should avoid while taking the BPH capsule are antibiotics, Imatanib, Isoniazid, antifungal formulations, blood pressure drugs, heart related medications, and HIV drugs.
Every person responds differently to treatment. If there is no change in the BPH condition, seek the doctor’s suggestion for one that works.