How it works
Avodart works by restricting the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This in turn helps reduce the swelling of the prostate gland.
Guidelines for Usage Follow the dosage instructions provided by your doctor or as mentioned in the instruction booklet/product label.
Always use only as prescribed.
Never exceed the dosage.
It may be used with or without food.
Doctors recommend that you swallow the whole tablet/capsules with a glass of water unless it is specified that it can be broken or chewed.
NOTE: Use only if prescribed to you and intended for your use. Do not share with others.
It is common for people to forget their dosage times and miss doses.
Do not panic if you have missed a dose.
Instead, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the scheduled time. Do not double up or take more than what the doctor has prescribed.
How and where do I store Avodart
The medicine label contains detailed instructions regarding safe storage of the medication. Most medicines are best stored at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Some medications may require to be refrigerated. Please check the product label.
Keep it away from the reach of children. Ensure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight or moisture. Ask your pharmacist about safely disposing off medication that is past expiry date.
You must immediately contact an emergency poison control center if you suspect an overdose.
Safety Information/ Warning Precautions
Discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider before you start using any new medication.
• Any prior serious ailment, lifestyle disease or surgery
• All the prescription drugs, OTC health supplements, herbal supplements that you are using currently
• Your alcohol intake and whether you smoke or not
• Any history of a known allergic reaction to prescription drugs or food
This will allow your healthcare provider to prescribe the apt dosage of the medication for you.
To be avoided
You must avoid using Avodart if it you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you are allergic to other 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors (e.g., finasteride).
Avodart is a medication that is absorbed easily through the skin. So, tablets that are crushed or broken must not be handled by women. If you are a pregnant lady and have handled these tablets with your hands, then wash immediately and seek medical help.
There may be a small decrease in sperm volume. But this does not affect libido or sexual functioning in any way.
Traces of the drug remain in the body for up to 6 months post treatment. Blood transfusion must be avoided completely during this phase.
Elderly people are more likely to experience side effects while using the drug. If the side effects are bothersome, then seek medical help.
Avodart can affect the results of certain laboratory tests like prostate-specific antigen (PSA). If you plan on having it done, then please inform your doctor and lab technician first that you are taking Avodart.
Information for Pregnant Women Avodart
Avodart is not to be used by women. The Drug is categorized under FDA pregnancy category X.