Dutas 0.5 mg Capsule is only prescribed for men to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement) symptoms such as painful urination or urinary urgency. Only men should use this medicine. Women and children should avoid handling this medication because it may be absorbed through the skin. This medicine is not recommended for children under 18 because clinical safety and efficacy have not been established.
Dutasteride, also known as Avodart, is a medication primarily used to treat the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), an enlarged prostate not caused by cancer. Benefits may not be realized for several months. It is also used to treat male scalp hair loss and as part of hormone therapy in transgender women. It is usually taken orally.
Although uncommon, dutasteride’s most commonly reported side effects include sexual dysfunction and depression. In the most extensive available study of 6,729 men with BPH, 9% had erectile dysfunction (compared to 5.7% who received a placebo), 3.3% had decreased sex drive (vs. 1.6% who received a placebo), and 1.9% had enlarged breasts (vs. 1% who received a placebo). Antiandrogens such as dutasteride have been shown to interfere with the sexual development of male fetuses, so exposure during pregnancy is prohibited.
- GlaxoSmithKline patented dutasteride in 1993 and was approved for medical use in 2001.
- It is available as a generic medication in the United States and elsewhere.
- It was the 291st most commonly prescribed medication in the United States in 2018, with over 1 million prescriptions.
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