Dutasteride

Description

Dutasteride is used in the treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy (prostate enlargement). This medicine should be used only by men. Women and children are advised not to handle this medicine since there is a chance of absorption through the skin.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Dutasteride

  • Chest pain and discomfort
  • Swelling of face and lips
  • Skin Rash
  • Abnormal ejaculation
  • Impotence
  • Breast discharge
  • Headache

Uses of Dutasteride

What is it prescribed for?

  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to Dutasteride.

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women due to the increased risk of adverse effects on the fetus.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women.
General warnings

Liver disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a history of liver disease or active liver disease due to an increased risk of liver injury. Close monitoring of liver function is necessary while receiving this medicine. Report any adverse effects to the doctor immediately.

Effect on women

Dutasteride is not recommended for use in women. Since this medicine may be absorbed through the skin, it is recommended that you wash the area that comes in contact with this medicine immediately with soap and water.

Effect on children

This medicine is not recommended for use in children. Since this medicine may be absorbed through the skin, it is recommended that you wash the area that comes in contact with this medicine immediately with soap and water.

Missed Dose

If a dose of Dutasteride is missed, take the dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost the time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Diltiazem

Erythromycin

Itraconazole

Nelfinavir

Ciprofloxacin

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Dutasteride as instructed by the doctor. Do not take larger amounts than prescribed. This medicine is recommended only for men. Seek emergency medical treatment in case of any side effects and do not stop taking this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by blocking the production of a male hormone. This helps in reducing the size of the enlarged prostate gland.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

5-alpha-reductase inhibitors

Schedule

Schedule H

DailyMed - DUTASTERIDE- dutasteride capsule [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 25 July 2017]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=e537c60d-9ba2-4e7f-a405-2b915dcd7ead

Dutasteride - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 25 July 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB01126

Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2017 [cited 25 July 2017]. Available from:

http://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database

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Information on this page was last updated on 1 Aug 2017

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