This medication is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia-BPH) by reducing the size of the enlarged prostate. This helps to relieve symptoms of BPH such as difficulty in beginning the flow of urine, weak stream, and the need to urinate frequently or urgently (including during the middle of the night). It may also reduce the need for surgery to treat BPH.
Dutasteride is not approved for prevention of prostate cancer and may slightly increase the risk.
How to use dutasteride
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. Swallow the medication whole. Do not crush or chew the capsules.
Pregnant women must not handle this drug.
It may take 3 to 6 months to notice an improvement in symptoms. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen.