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Composition : DUTASTERIDE-0.5MG
Dose Form : TABLET
Description : DUTAGEN CAPS
Route Of Administration : ORAL
Pack : 10

Drug Ingredient Information



Information for patients
Drug Information Dutasteride is used to treat men with an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia) - a non-cancerous growth of the prostate gland, caused by producing too much of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone. The active ingredient is dutasteride. It belongs to a group of medicines called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. As the prostate grows, it can lead to urinary problems, such as difficulty in passing urine and a need to go to the toilet frequently. It can also cause the flow of the urine to be slower and less forceful. If left untreated, there is a risk that your urine flow will be completely blocked (acute urinary retention). This requires immediate medical treatment. In some situations surgery is necessary to remove or reduce the size of the prostate gland. Dutasteride lowers the production of dihydrotestosterone, which helps to shrink the prostate and relieve the symptoms. This will reduce the risk of acute urinary retention and the need for surgery. Dutasteride may also be used with another medicine called tamsulosin (used to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate).
Drug Alert
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Before Consuming the Medicine
Avoid Drug •if you’re allergic (hypersensitive) to dutasteride or to any of the other ingredients of Dutasteride. •if you’re allergic to other 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. •if you have a severe liver disease. ??Tell your doctor if you think any of these apply to you. This medicine is for men only. It must not be taken by women, children or adolescents
Drug Special Care •Make sure your doctor knows about liver problems. If you have had any illness affecting your liver, you may need some additional check-ups while you are taking Dutasteride. •Women, children and adolescents must not handle leaking Dutasteride capsules, because the active ingredient can be absorbed through the skin. Wash the affected area immediately with soap and water if there is any contact with the skin. •Use a condom during sexual intercourse. Dutasteride has been found in the semen of men taking Dutasteride. If your partner is or may be pregnant, you must avoid exposing her to your semen as dutasteride may affect the normal development of a male baby. Dutasteride has been shown to decrease sperm count, semen volume and sperm motility. This could reduce your fertility. •Dutasteride can affect a blood test for PSA (prostate-specific antigen), which is sometimes used to detect prostate cancer. Your doctor should be aware of this effect and can still use the test to detect prostate cancer. If you are having a blood test for PSA, tell your doctor that you are taking Dutasteride.
Drug Drug Interactions Tell your doctor if you’re taking, or have recently taken, any other medicines. This includes any medicines you’ve bought without a prescription.Some medicines can react with Dutasteride and may make it more likely that you’ll have side-effects. These medicines include: •verapamil or diltiazem (for high blood pressure) •ritonavir or indinavir (for HIV) •itraconazole or ketaconazole (for fungal infections) •nefazodone (an antidepressant) •alpha-blockers (for enlarged prostate or high blood pressure) ??Tell your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines. Your dose of Dutasteride may need to be reduced.
Drug Pregnancy Interaction Women who are pregnant (or may be) must not handle leaking capsules. Dutasteride is absorbed through the skin and can affect the normal development of a male baby. This is a particular risk in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy. Use a condom during sexual intercourse. Dutasteride has been found in the semen of men taking Dutasteride. If your partner is or may be pregnant, you must avoid exposing her to your semen. Dutasteride has been shown to reduce sperm count, semen volume and sperm movement. Therefore male fertility may be reduced. ??Contact your doctor for advice if a pregnant woman has come into contact with dutasteride.
Drug Breast feeding Interaction no data available
Drug Machinery Interaction Dutasteride is unlikely to affect your ability to drive or operate machinery.
Drug More Information Dutasteride can be taken with or without food.
How to take the Medicine
Consumption Info no data available
Drug quanitty The usual dose is one capsule (0.5 mg) taken once a day. Swallow the capsules whole with water. Do not chew or break open the capsule. Contact with the contents of the capsules may make your mouth or throat sore. - Dutasteride is a long term treatment. Some men notice an early improvement in their symptoms. However, others may need to take Dutasteride for 6 months or more before it begins to have an effect. Keep taking Dutasteride for as long as your doctor tells you.
Drug Dose Always take Dutasteride exactly as your doctor has told you to. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Excess Drug Consumption Contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice if you take too many Dutasteride capsules.
Forgot Drug Consumption Don’t take extra capsules to make up for a missed dose. Just take your next dose at the usual time.
Stop Drug Consumption Don’t stop taking Dutasteride without talking to your doctor first. It may take up to 6 months or more for you to notice an effect.
Possible Side Effects
General Information no data available
Common Drug Side Effects •impotence (not able to achieve or maintain an erection) •decreased sex drive (libido) •difficulty with ejaculation •breast enlargement or tenderness (gynecomastia) •dizziness when taken with tamsulosin
Rare Drug Side Effects no data available
Very Rare Drug Side Effects •skin rash (which can be itchy) •hives (like a nettle rash) •swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, arms or legs.
Drug Side Effects Symptoms no data available
How to Store the Medicine
How to Store the Medicine Keep out of the reach and sight of children. Don’t store Dutasteride above 30°C. Don’t use Dutasteride after the expiry date which is stated on the carton or the foil blister strip. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. If you have any unwanted Dutasteride capsules, don’t dispose of them in waste water or household rubbish. Take them back to your pharmacist, who will dispose of them in a way that won’t harm the environment.

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