1. What AVODART is and what it is used for
AVODART 5 belongs to the group of medicines called alpha-reductase enzyme inhibitors and is used in men with benign prostate enlargement.
Benign prostatic enlargement (BPH) is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland, which surrounds the urethra (the urethra) and is located under the bladder. In men with benign prostatic enlargement, the prostate gland grows large enough to compress the urethra that passes through it. When the urethra is compressed, it narrows, the normal passage of urine becomes difficult, and some or all of the following symptoms may be noticed.
• Difficulty in starting to urinate
• Blocked, weak urine flow
• More frequent urination, especially at night
• Jamming, leaking or dripping
• The feeling that the bladder (bladder) cannot be completely emptied
As the disease progresses, untreated BPH increases the risk of complete blockage of urine flow (acute urinary retention due to inability to urinate) and/or the need for surgery.
Prostate enlargement is caused by a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the blood. When AVODART is used in combination with another type of medicine called an alpha blocker, it reduces the production of DHT in the body, causing the enlarged prostate to shrink and relieve symptoms. However, if your prostate has been enlarged for a long time, it may take time to reduce its size and improve its symptoms.
Your doctor may test your blood to look for PSA (prostate specific antigen). The results of the test and other factors such as your age and family history of prostate cancer will help your doctor decide whether you are likely to develop prostate cancer.
2.How to use AVODART?
Instructions for proper use and dose/frequency of administration
Take your medicine as your doctor tells you. If you have any doubts about how and for how long you should take the capsules, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
The usual dose is 1 AVODART capsule (0.5 mg) taken orally once a day with or without food. Capsules should be swallowed whole and should not be chewed or opened.
It is important that you continue to take AVODART soft capsules for as long as your doctor tells you to take, even if you do not see immediate benefit. Some men get better symptoms early, while others need to continue using AVODART for 3-6 months before they can see if it will help them. You should continue to take your medicine even if your symptoms improve. Keep taking your medicine until your doctor tells you to.
Application route and method
Swallow AVODART capsules with some water. Do not open or chew the capsules. Contact with the contents of the capsules may cause pain in your mouth and throat.
different age groups
Use in children
Use in the elderly
Use in the elderly
Use in the elderly
Special use cases
Kidney failure, liver failure:
No dose adjustment is required in patients with renal impairment. It should be used with caution in patients with liver disease.
If you have the impression that the effect of AVODART is too strong or too weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you use more AVODART than you should
If you have taken too many AVODART capsules, ask your doctor what to do or go to the nearest hospital emergency department. Take the package of the medicine with you so that they know which medicine you are taking.
If you have used more than you should use from AVODART, talk to a doctor or pharmacist.
If you forget to use AVODART
If you forget to take a capsule, do not worry, take the next dose as usual and continue taking your medicine as before. Do not take extra capsules to make up for missed doses.
Effects that may occur when treatment with AVODART is terminated
Use AVODART for as long as your doctor recommends. Do not stop taking AVODART unless your doctor tells you to. It may take 6 months or more for you to notice an effect.
3. What are the possible side effects?
Like all medicines, there may be side effects in people who are sensitive to the substances contained in AVODART.
Estimated frequency of side effects;
– very common 10% + (more than 1 in 10)
– common > 1% and < 10% (less than 1 in 10 but more than 1 in 100)
– uncommon 0.1% to 1% (less than 1 in 100 but more than 1 in 1000)
– infrequently from 0.001% to 0.1% (less than 1 in 1000)
– very rare up to 0.01% (less than 1 in 10,000)
– unknown (not estimated from the available data)
Very rare side effects:
• Allergic reaction, symptoms are as follows:
– Puffy and itchy rash (hives)
– Swelling of the face or lips that can sometimes make breathing difficult (angioedema)
If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. Stop taking AVODART.
Infrequent side effects:
• Blindness (especially body hair loss) or hair growth
Common side effects:
• Impotence (inability to have an erection or