GlaxoSmithKline | Avodart (Medication)


Avodart in combination with the alpha adrenergic antagonist, tamsulosin, is indicated for the treatment of symptomatic BPH in men with an enlarged prostate. The recommended dose of Avodart is 1 capsule (0. 5 mg) taken once daily and tamsulosin 0. 4 mg taken once daily. The capsules should be swallowed whole and not chewed or opened, as contact with the capsule contents may result in irritation of the oropharyngeal mucosa.

Avodart may be administered with or without food. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Since this drug can be absorbed through the skin and may harm an unborn baby, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication. It may take 3 to 6 months to notice an improvement in symptoms. It may also reduce the need for surgery to treat BPH. This medication should not be used by women or children. This medication is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia-BPH). It works by reducing the size of the enlarged prostate. ...

Side Effect:

Avodart may cause serious side effects including a higher chance of a more serious form of prostate cancer. Only your healthcare provider can tell if your symptoms are due to BPH or a more serious condition like prostate cancer. See your doctor for regular exams.

The most common side effects of Avodart include trouble getting or keeping an erection (impotence), a decrease in sex drive (libido), ejaculation problems and enlarged or painful breasts. Dizziness and an increase in drug-related ejaculation disorders also occurred with combination therapy (Avodart and tamsulosin). Depressed mood has been reported in patients receiving Avodart.

Avodart may cause rare and serious allergic reactions, including swelling of your face, tongue, or throat, and serious skin reactions, such as skin peeling. Get medical help right away if you have these serious allergic reactions. ...


Men being treated with Avodart should not donate blood until at least 6 months have passed following their last dose.

Avodart should not be handled by a woman who is pregnant or who could become pregnant. Dutasteride is absorbed through the skin and could result in unintended fetal exposure. Lower urinary tract symptoms of BPH can be indicative of other urological diseases, including prostate cancer.

Do not take Avodart if you are allergic to dutasteride, finasteride, or any of its ingredients. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). ...