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Adult men who have an enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH) may benefit from using dutasteride/tamsulosin. This combination medication works to relieve BPH symptoms by helping to shrink the prostate and by improving the flow of urine. At this time, there are no "off-label" uses for this product.
An Introduction to Dutasteride/Tamsulosin UsesDutasteride/tamsulosin (Jalyn™) is a prescription medication licensed to treat an enlarged prostate, known medically as benign prostatic hyperplasia, benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH. It is a combination medication containing dutasteride (Avodart®) and tamsulosin (Flomax®).
Understanding BPHThe prostate gland, located below the bladder, is part of the male reproductive system. The urethra, the canal that removes urine from the body, runs through the prostate.
An enlarged prostate is very common among older men. The prostate begins growing during puberty and continues to grow throughout most of adulthood. Usually, this is not a problem until men reach their 50s or 60s. When the prostate becomes too large, it can press against the urethra, causing problems with urination.
Specific BPH symptoms may include:
- Frequent urination
- Urinary urgency
- The need to get up in the middle of the night to urinate
- Difficulty starting urination
- Difficulty fully emptying the bladder when urinating
- A weak or intermittent (stopping and starting) urine stream.
Some men can have BPH without having symptoms. One of the most common ways to detect an enlarged prostate is by the digital rectal exam. During this exam, a healthcare provider inserts a gloved finger into the rectum to feel the size and shape of the prostate.
Treatment for BPH includes "watchful waiting" (doing nothing, especially if there are no symptoms or the symptoms are not bothersome), medication, and surgery. Dutasteride/tamsulosin is one of the medications used for treating BPH.