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Avodart (Dutasteride) is used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.


Drug Name

Avodart (Dutasteride)

Drug Uses

Avodart is used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH or enlargement of the prostate gland) and to reduce the risk of urinary blockage and the need for prostate surgery.

How Taken

Use Avodart as directed by your doctor.

* Avodart may be taken with or without food.
* Swallow Avodart whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
* It may take 3 to 6 months for Avodart to work.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Avodart.

Drug Class and Mechanism

Avodart is a 5 alpha-reductase enzyme inhibitor. It works by lowering levels of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a major cause of prostate growth. Lowering DHT leads to shrinkage of the enlarged prostate gland.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of Avodart , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Storage

Store Avodart between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C) in a tightly closed, light-resistant container. Store away from moisture, heat, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not take tablets after the expiration date printed on the label. Keep Avodart out of the reach of children and away from pets.