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Avodart is 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors commonly used to treat cases of enlarged prostate in middle age men. It can help improve symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) by converting testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) to reduce the enlarged prostate.
Avodart is taken orally one a day with or without food, and should be taken regularly to ensure maximum benefit. This drug can take as little as 3 months and upwards to 6 months to see change in the patients symptoms.
Woman who are breastfeeding or pregnant should not handle this medication as it can transfer through the skin and effect the child being nursed or the pregnancy.
Check with your doctor for known allergies to finasteride, previous medical conditions, and go over any current prescriptions used to ensure that no complications arise during your treatment with Avodart.
You will be unable to donate blood for 6 months after your treatment with Avodart. This is to prevent your blood being given to anyone nursing or pregnant. If you have questions related to blood donation speak with a local blood clinic to clarify the time frame in which you can donate blood.
Side effects of taking Avodart can include impotence, decreased libido, breast enlargement and tenderness, and ejaculatory challenges. Other side effects can include:
rash or hives
sudden chest tightness
swelling of the eye lid, face, or lips
swelling of face or throat
If any side effects become too severe, consult your doctor or pharmacist for additional support in managing these side effects.
Q: I missed my dose today, should I take a double dose to make up for the one I missed?
A: No, you should maintain the dose schedule set by your pharmacist and doctor and avoid double dosing. For missed doses take Avodart as soon as you remember. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular schedule.
Q: If I have to Avodart for longer than 6 months, am I still eligible to donate blood after a certain period of time?
A: You cannot donate blood while taking Avodart because it can cause complications if given to woman who are breast feeding or pregnant. You must have stopped using Avodart for at least 6 months before you will be eligible to donate blood. Extended periods of Avodart use shouldn't change the eligibility time frame for you to donate blood. Check with your local blood donation clinic for clarification on the restrictions of blood donation.
Q: I heard that Avodart can cause prostate cancer, is this true?
A: There may be an increased risk of prostate cancer while using Avodart. However, your doctor will work closely with you to ensure that Avodart will be safe to use.
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