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This medicine is used in men to treat and control the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostate hyperplasia), it relieves symptoms of prostate hyperplasia by reducing the risk of urinary retention and the need for surgery.


This medicine is contraindicated in women and children. It should also be avoided in patients with liver impairment and patients allergic to soy or peanut.

Side effects

You may face:

  • Impotence
  • Decreased sexual activity/ability
  • Ejaculation disorder
  • Breast disorders
  • Testicle pain or swelling

Expert Advice

  • Please store dutasteride at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Please ensure to take this medicine in proper doses as prescribed by the physician.
  • Do not over dose.


Will this medicine make me dizzy?

It is a possible side effect. Try to avoid abrupt changes in position. Also refrain from activities such as driving until you are confident in your abilities.

Is this medicine a blood thinner?

No, this medicine is not a blood thinner.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, try taking it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Kindly do not double your dose to “catch up”.

When will my symptoms improve?

It will take around 3 to 6 months for your symptoms to improve.

Will this medicine stop my prostate from growing further?

This medicine is used to treat an enlarged prostrate because it stops the prostate from growing, and may even reduce its size.

Medicines containing dutasteride

Avodart 0.5mg

By GlaxoSmithKline

Pack size: 3x10's