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Avodart (Dutasteride)

TypeDrug NameDosage 
Avodart0.5 mg

Generic Equivalent of Avodart

TypeDrug NameDosage 
Dutasteride0.5 mg

Is A Prescription Required To have Avodart?

A Prescription is required to purchase Avodart from licensed online pharmacies Canadawide.

What Is The Drug Avodart Used For?

Avodart is indicated as a monotherapy for the treatment of symptomatic benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) in men with enlarged prostates. It is also used in combination with an alpha with alpha blocker tamsulosin. Avodart also reduces the risk of acute urinary retention or the need for BPH related surgery. This medication is not approved for use in prevention of prostate cancer.

How Does Avodart Work In The Body?

Prostate enlargement is caused due to a hormone called as dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Avodart (dutasteride) belongs to a class of drugs known as 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors. It helps to lower the DHT production in the body, leading to the shrinkage of the enlarged prostate in men. This result in improvement of BPH symptoms and improved urine flow, reduced risk of acute urinary retention and reduced risk of the need for BPH related surgery.

What Is The Generic Form Of Avodart?

The generic form of Avodart is Dutasteride and is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals.

How Is Avodart Supplied and Stored?

The branded Avodart comes from Canada and is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline Inc. It is available in 0.5 mg dosage form in blister packages of 30 capsules.

The generic version of Avodart (Dutasteride) is available as 0.5 mg dosage form in packaging of 100 capsules.

The medication should be stored at a temperature between 15°C and 30°C. It should be kept out of sight and reach of children.

What Is the Cost of Avodart?

Our verified online pharmacy is pleased to offer you the Avodart 0.5 mg at an unbeatable price of $279 for a supply of 90 capsules, which is $3.10 per tab. The generic equivalent of Avodart (Dutasteride) is available at a price of $40, which is $0.40 per unit. It is best to compare the prices of drugs online at edrugsearch or Pharmacychecker.Com.

Is Avodart A Hormone?

The medication Avodart is not a hormone, but 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors. It prevents the production of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that causes prostate enlargement.

Is Dutasteride The Same As Finasteride?

Avodart (Dutasteride) inhibits both type 1 and 2 5 alpha-reductase and is approved for the treatment of symptomatic BPH in men with enlarged prostates. Dutasteride is more potent than Finasteride in inhibition of both 5-alpha reductase. Finasteride is used for symptomatic BPH treatment as well as for scalp hair loss in men.

Is Dutasteride Approved For Hair Loss?

Dutasteride is an approved FDA medicine for the treatment of symptomatic BPH in men with enlarged prostates. It is not approved for the treatment of hair loss. Hair loss or abnormal hair growth has been reported as a rare side effect with this medication.

Can Avodart Cause Cancer?

Avodart increases the risk of prostate cancer in men. In a clinical study of men aged between 50 to 75 years, with a recent negative result for prostate cancer, men taking Avodart had serious form of Prostate cancer more often than men who did not take Avodart. Breast cancer has also been reported in patients taking Avodart, but the relationship between long-term use of Avodart and breast cancer is not known.

Can Avodart Cause Heart Failure?

Heart failure has been reported more often in patients taking Avodart and alpha blocker tamsulosin in combination than patients taking Avodart alone. It is not known whether taking Avodart and alpha blocker together causes the heart failure.

How Should You Take Avodart?

Take Avodart exactly as prescribed to you by your health care professional. Swallow the capsule whole with water. Do not chew, crush or open the capsules. The medication can be taken with or without food. The usual dose is 0.5 mg capsule once daily. Your doctor will decide how much and how often you need to take Avodart in a day.

How Long Do You Have To Take Dutasteride?

You may start improvement in symptoms after 3 months of start of treatment with Avodart. However, it may take up to 6 months to see full benefit of the medication. It will be on the discretion of your health care professional on how long you should be treated with Avodart.

What Are The Special Precautions About Avodart?

Do not donate blood while taking Avodart and for at least 6 months after you have stopped in order to prevent giving Avodart to a pregnant woman through blood transfusion. While taking Avodart, have regular and thorough check-ups including digital rectal examination and PSA (prostate specific antigen) test. A man can have prostate cancer and BPH at the same time. Hence before starting treatment with Avodart make sure to go through a thorough urological examination to determine the severity of your condition and to rule out the need for immediate surgery or possibility of prostate cancer.

What Are The Effects Of Avodart on PSA Test?

Avodart may lower your PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test results. A low PSA level can give you a false security about your risk of prostate cancer. If a doctor asks you to take PSA test for screening of Prostate cancer, tell your doctor that you are taking Avodart.

Can You Drink Grapefruit Juice While Taking Avodart?

Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking Avodart. This drink is known to increase the blood levels of some drugs in the body.

How is Avodart Metabolized in Body?

The drug is metabolized in liver extensively and has a half-life of 3 to 5 weeks.

What Are The Possible Side Effects of Avodart?

Like all other medications, Avodart can also cause side effects. Most common side effects when Avodart is taken alone or in combination with tamsulosin are not being able to achieve or maintain erection, decreased desire to have sex, changes or problems with ejaculations, decrease in amount of semen released during sex, breast swelling and tenderness. If breast swelling or tenderness becomes severe, or if you notice any breast lumps or nipple discharge, you should talk to your doctor about these changes. Some patients also might experience dizziness when taking Avodart with tamsulosin. Some rare side effects include hair loss or abnormal hair growth, allergic reactions, depressed mood, pain and swelling in testicles. Breast cancer has also been reported on long-term use of Avodart. In a small number of patients, these side effects may continue even after you stop taking Avodart. These are not all the side effects caused by Avodart. In case you experience any unexpected effect, contact your doctor immediately.

When Should You Not Take Avodart?

Do not take Avodart if you:
  • Are allergic to dutasteride or other alpha-reductase inhibitors or any of the ingredients in Avodart
  • Are a woman or a child. Women and children should never take Avodart.

What Should You Tell Your Doctor Before taking Avodart?

Before you start taking Avodart, be sure to tell your doctor if you:
  • Have or had liver problems
  • Have or had prostate cancer or urinary tract disease
Avodart is for use by men only. Women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle Avodart as it may pass through skin and cause harm or affect the normal development of the external genital organs in a male baby.

What Medicines Can Interact With Avodart?

It is important to tell your health care professional about all other medicines that you have taken recently including any kind of supplements and non-prescription drugs.

Medicines which interact with Avodart include:
  • Verapamil or diltiazem (used to treat high blood pressure)
  • Ritonavir (used for treatment of HIV or AIDS)
  • Ketoconazole (used for treatment of fungal infections)
  • Ciprofloxacin or troleandomycin (used to fight bacterial infections)
  • Cimetidine (used for heartburn)
  • Certain herbal medicines such as St. John’s Wort or Milk Thistle

Where Can I Buy Avodart Online?

If prescribed by your health care professional, Avodart can be bought directly from Canadian Online Pharmacy. You will not have to wait to start your therapy due to the swift shipping service provided by us.

How Is Avodart Delivered?

The standard delivery fee is $10.00. The orders are usually shipped in 2-3 working days after the processing of the order. The medication package is delivered by regular mail within 10-14 business days after it has been shipped.

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