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    Dutasteride

    Information about Dutasteride

    Dutasteride uses

    Dutasteride is used in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.

    How dutasteride works

    Dutasteride is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. It blocks an enzyme which is necessary to change testosterone to another hormone that causes the prostate to grow. As a result, it helps to shrink the prostate and relieve the symptoms like difficulty in passing urine.

    Common side effects of dutasteride

    Decreased libido, Decreased semen volume, Impotence

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    Expert advice for Dutasteride

    • It prevents the prostate from growing and may even shrink it.
    • Works well in patients with prostate greater than 40 millilitres in volume.
    • Symptoms improve after 3 to 6 months of treatment.
    • Risk of urinary retention (sudden inability to urinate) and need for surgery may become lesser.
    • Decreased sexual drive, erectile and ejaculatory problems may occur as side effects.
    • Pregnant women, women of childbearing age, or those planning to conceive must not take Dutasteride.

    Frequently asked questions for Dutasteride

    Dutasteride

    Q. Is dutasteride safe?
    Dutasteride is safe, if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor
    Q. Is dutasteride better than finasteride?
    Dutasteride and finasteride belongs to same category of drugs with similar action, but their effect may vary upon individual response
    Q. Is dutasteride a generic drug?
    Yes, it is a generic drug
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    Q. Does dutasteride help in preventing hair loss?
    No, it may cause hair loss.
    Q. Is dutasteride a hormone/antiandrogen/steroid?
    No, it belongs to class of medication called called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors
    Q. Is dutasteride same as finasteride?
    Dutasteride and finasteride belongs to same category of drugs with similar action, but their effect may vary upon individual response
    Q. Is dutasteride cytotoxic?
    No, it is not cytotoxic
    Q. Does dutasteride increase or decrease testosterone/ weight loss/hair loss / depression/shredding?
    Dutasteride may cause hair loss. Increase or decrease in testosterone, weight loss depression and shredding is not observed clinically Patients should follow doctor's advice regarding possible side effects
    Q. Can I take Dutasteride with Tamsulosin?
    Yes, Dutasteride can be taken with Tamsulosin. This combination is safe, well tolerated and works well in decreasing the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Tamsulosin relaxes the bladder muscles and provides immediate relief by helping in free passage of urine and Dutasteride decreases the size of the prostate and provides a long-term relief in symptoms.

    Content on this page was last updated on 01 November, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)