Dutasteride

Acute Urinary Retention
These studies also looked at how many men had acute urinary retention. If an enlarged prostate is very severe, a man may not be able to urinate at all. This is known medically as acute urinary retention and usually requires catheterization (inserting a small tube through the penis into the bladder in order to empty the urine). Of the men who took dutasteride, 1.8 percent experienced acute urinary retention that required catheterization, compared to 4.2 percent of men who did not take it.
 
Surgery
In these studies, 2.2 percent of men who took dutasteride needed to have BPH surgery, while 4.1 percent of men who did not take the medication needed to have surgery.
 
Prostate Size
These studies showed that dutasteride helped to shrink the prostate gland in most men.
 
Urine Flow
Men who took dutasteride also had an improvement in the rate of urine flow. This increased flow rate was seen as early as the third month after starting treatment and continued throughout the entire study.
 

When and How to Take Dutasteride

Some general considerations for when and how to take this medication include:
 
  • Dutasteride comes in a capsule form that is taken by mouth once daily.
     
  • It may take as long as 3 to 12 months of taking this drug before results can be seen.
     
  • It can be taken with or without food.
     
  • Dutasteride capsules should be taken whole and should not be chewed or crushed.
     
  • The medication should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood.
     
  • For the drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
     
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