Duprost 0.5mg is a drug that contains Dutasteride as the active ingredient. This drug is usually prescribed to male patients suffering from an enlarged prostrate. This condition is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It helps relieve the symptoms associated with BPH, such as frequent urination, acute urine retention and weak stream, by reducing the enlarged prostrate.
Duprost 0.5mg belongs to the group of drugs known as 5 alpha reductase inhibitors and it prevents testosterone from being converted into dihydro-testosterone in the prostrate. Doctors prescribe it as a standalone drug or as a combination with other medication. The drug could also reduce the need for prostate surgery. There are also medical studies that indicate that this drug could be used to treat alopecia or male pattern baldness.
Dosage and Administration
Duprost 0.5mg is to be taken only under medical supervision. The recommended dosage is 1 tablet / day. However the dose may vary depending on what your doctor feels is necessary.
The medicine is meant to be swallowed whole with a glass of water. Do not crush, chew, split or dissolve the medication. It can be take with or without food. It is recommended that you check with your doctor before you stop the medication as it usually takes between 3 to 6 months to be effective.
You may experience some side effects of Duprost 0.5mg (Dutasteride). However your doctor may not be too concerned about them. Side effects include:
- Decreased libido / sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decreased semen during intercourse
- Difficulty in ejaculation
- Breast enlargement / tenderness
While none of these symptoms are a serious concern, you should contact your doctor if they worsen or persist.
Rare, but much more serious side effects that need immediate medical attention include:
- Lumps in the breast
- Peeling of the skin
- Discharge from your nipples
Duprost 0.5mg is not suitable for every patient. You will need to advise your doctor if you:
- Have any other existing medical conditions
- Have allergies
- Are taking any other medication, vitamins or supplements
In addition, do not:
- Stop taking the medication without consulting with your doctor first
- Do not donate blood for at least 6 months after you have finished your treatment. This is to prevent a pregnant woman from getting your blood.
This drug is only prescribed to men and is not meant for women. Women who are pregnant or are trying to conceive should not handle these tablets as the medication can be absorbed through the skin and can harm the fetus.
Drug interactions with Dutasteride:
- Verapamil or Diltiazem (meant for high blood pressure), may increase the side effects of this drug
- Higher chances of side effects are also seen if combined with Indinavir or Ritonavir (for HIV), Ketaconazole or Itraconazole (for fungal infections) and Nefazodone (for depression)