Physicians prescribe the generically named medication dutasteride in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, also called an enlarged prostate. The medicine works to prevent the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme from altering testosterone. This change, if left untreated, causes abnormal growth of the prostate gland in men. The Mayo Clinic reports that cessation of dutasteride treatment will allow the prostate to continue to enlarge beyond its normal size. Dutasteride may be prescribed by itself for treatment of this condition or in combination with tamsulosin, which causes relaxation of the prostate muscles.
Mayo Clinic: Dutasteride
National Institutes of Health: Dutasteride
- Dutasteride Information for Consumers
- Dutasteride Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Dutasteride (detailed)
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