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Avodart can be prescribed to men to help reduce the size of an enlarged prostate. Avodart is also available in the generic form Dutasteride. This medication helps reduce the size of the prostate to improve urine flow and bladder control.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Avodart orally once a day. This medication can be taken with or without food. Make sure you take Avodart at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Avodart. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Avodart.
You should not donate any blood while taking Avodart. After six months of having stopped taking Avodart you will be clear to donate blood. Speak with your local blood donation clinic regarding any other restrictions that may prevent you from donating blood.
Side effects for Avodart are: sexual problems (such as decreased sexual interest/ability, decrease in the amount of semen/sperm released during sex), impotence (trouble getting or keeping an erection), testicle pain or swelling, increased breast size, or breast tenderness.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Avodart?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best dosage from the initial diagnosis.
Q: How long does it take for this medication to become active?
A: It can take upwards to six months not notice significant improvements.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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