What Is This Treatment Designed To Do In Order To Help Your Medical Problem Improve?
The generic name for Avodart is Dutasteride. This is a medication that’s designed to stop the conversion of the male hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) inside the body. The reason this is so important is because DHT is what’s partly responsible for causing benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Avodart can be used in order to provide treatment for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) who have an enlarged prostate.
In addition to this, this medication can be used to assist with improving urinary flow and can lower the need for prostate surgery in the future. Avodart in some instances can be used with other forms of treatments such as tamsulosin (Flomax). There are other uses for this treatment not listed here, but these are best left in the discretion of a doctor.
What’s some important information you need to know about this medication in order to properly manage the risks involved with its use?
Avodart is an effective treatment, but there are some people who shouldn’t use it. These would include women and children. The main ingredient (Dutasteride) is able to be absorbed into the skin and as a result of this women and children should never be allowed to touch the capsules.
Even though this treatment isn’t designed to be used by women it can bring about birth defects if a woman comes into contact with it when pregnant. As a result of this the capsules shouldn’t be handles by any women who is pregnant or a woman that might become pregnant.
Is there any special way you need to take this treatment as to not increase the risk of experiencing problems with it?
You want to make sure you don’t chew, crush or open up an Avodart capsule. The safest way to go is to make sure you swallow the capsule entirely. If you don’t do this and Dutasteride somehow spills out, then it can cause irritation to the lips, mouth or throat.
Is there any particular activity you shouldn’t partake in when using this drug or shortly after you’ve used it?
Some people donate blood, but have to make sure they don’t do this when they are on Avodart. Donating blood is also to be avoided for a period of at least 6 months after use of the treatment has stopped. The reason for this is because this drug is able to be carried inside of the blood and brings with it the risk of birth defects if a pregnant woman gets a transfusion with the blood that has the dutasteride inside of it.
Is there any condition you are going to be at an increased risk for because of using this treatment?
Avodart comes with the risk of increasing the possibility of getting prostate cancer. You’ll need a doctor to run different tests on you in order to ensure you don’t have other problems that would stop you from making use of this drug safely.
What are some of the more common potential side effects you might be at risk for if you make use of this medicational treatment?
Decreased libido (sex drive)
Decreased amount of semen released during sex
Impotence (trouble getting or keeping an erection)
Breast tenderness or enlargement