Dutas prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. DHT is involved in the development of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Dutas is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men with an enlarged prostate. Dutas helps improve urinary flow and may also reduce your need for prostate surgery later on.
Dutas is sometimes given with another medication called tamsulosin (Flomax).Dutas may also be used for other purposes.
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take dutas with a full glass of water.
Dutas can be taken with or without food.
Do not chew, crush, or open a dutasteride capsule. Swallow the capsule whole. Dutas can irritate your lips, mouth, or throat if the capsule has been broken or opened before you swallow it. It may take up to 6 months of using this medicine before your symptoms improve. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Do not stop taking dutasteride without talking to your doctor.
Store dutasteride at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Dutas capsules may become soft and leaky, or they may stick together if they get too hot. Do not use any capsule that is cracked or leaking.