Avodart is originally used to heal symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia generally known as prostate enlargement and thereby decreases the demand for a surgical procedure.
Usage of the medicine would be prescribed by your doctor, strictly follow that, and read the label for thorough information. You can have Avodart along with food or without one but make sure you have enough water. Do not crush or chew the pill. Complete the dosage without any failure. Ask your doctor if you want to stop in between. Try to take the medicine at the same time everyday as it is the proven method to avoid missing dosage.
Try to keep up with the dosage as mentioned by the doctor. Missing a dose may affect the efficiency of treatment. If you have missed any dosage you have to space it at least with 4 to 5 hours, otherwise, skip the dose and continue as usual with the next dose. Never try to adjust for the missed dose by taking an extra dose together. It may cause unfavorable effects.
Keep Avodart at room temperature. Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly revealed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Keep Avodart away from kids and pets.
An overdose of Avodart may have opposing effects that need immediate medical care. Contact the nearest medical emergency center immediately if you notice any side effects.
Doctors warn against the usage of Avodart if you are allergic to any component in it or other 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors (e.g., finasteride).
Your skin may absorb Avodart and consequently can be fatal for women who are breastfeeding. The traces of Avodart may continue to exist in your body up to 4-6 months even after stopping the medication. So, therefore, do not donate blood within the next 4-6 months of Avodart usage.
Review your old as well as new medical history in particular with your doctor before commencing treatment with any new medication. List out all the medicines you are currently having even if it is a simple supplement or vitamin tablet.
Avodart may influence the ejaculation system but it does not have any serious consequences on normal sexual function. A blood test named prostate-specific antigen (PSA) conducted for prostate cancer may also be touched by Avodart and therefore you should consider saying it to your doctor that you are taking Avodart before going for any laboratory test.
The effects on children are not studied so it is not recommended for them.
Laboratory tests prescribed by the doctor should be done on time and show it to the doctor without any failure. This may be done to check how your body is responding to the medicine.
Do not forget to inform your lab technician or surgeon before doing any kind of tests or procedures.
Pregnant women, Conceiving women, and breastfeeding mothers should be careful and ask a doctor before taking Avodart.