Dutas, brand name of dutasteride is classified as a 5 alpha reductase inhibitor which prevents the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and works by ameliorating the flow of urine. The drug has essential androgenic properties. This is a men’s health drug which was initially developed and approved for the medical treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Dutas is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate that is known in medical terms as benign prostatic hyperplasia. The medication acts in the body and shrinks the size of the prostate that prevents the prostate to press against the bladder, thus providing relief from urinary irritations. This action assists in relieving the symptoms of BPH like the need to urinate frequently, the need to urinate immediately, finding difficulty to begin the flow of urine. Consuming these tablets can reduce the need for a surgery to treat BPH.
Dutas is also used to reduce hair loss and promote regrowth of hair in men who have male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia).
Dutas come in the form of capsules consisting of 0.5 mg of the medicine content. Physicians insist to administer the medications orally. They can be taken by mouth by swallowing the capsules as a whole with a glass of water.
Dutas can be taken either with or without food. Only one medication per day is recommended.
Adults can take 0.5 mg of Dutas every day and can continue the medical course as suggested by the physician. However, it could take three to six months to notice improvements and the symptoms of BPH to subside.
Take Dutas regularly as advised by the physician and do not change the dosage strength of the medication at any time unless insisted by the medical professional. The medication is absorbed from the GI tract reaching the peak serum concentration in about an hour to three.
Patients can experience dizziness as long as they take this medical course. Few patients who take Dutas might notice a decreased production of libido. Changes in the chemical and hormonal structure due to consumption of this drug have resulted in reduced sperm counts in some patients.
A major side effect of Dutas is the dysfunction in the erection. Allergic reactions and poor liver functioning are other few signs of side effects of this drug.
Interaction with other drugs
If other drugs are taken along with Dutas, then the effects gets decreased and as a result unfavorable drug interactions arise. Taking herbal products, over the counter medications or any other medications along with this medicine can cause severe drug interactions. Therefore, it is crucial to inform your medical advisor about all the medications you take.