What is it for?
Veltride (Dutasteride) is for treating an enlarged prostate and the symptoms this causes. Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is the medical name for the condition that causes the prostate gland to become larger than normal. This causes problems such as frequent urination or not being able to urinate. This medicine works by reducing the prostate, which helps to treat urination problems and may even reduce the need for surgery. Many people have used this drug to treat male pattern baldness, however, the main use of this medicine is treating an enlarged prostate.
How do you use it?
Veltride (Dutasteride) comes as tablets, which are swallowed. Remember to drink a full glass of water with each dose. The right dosage is different for each patient, and depends on how severe your condition is. So before you start taking this medicine, you need to see your doctor for a medical consultation. He or she will tell you how much to take. Patients are usually told to take it once per day. You may notice that you're getting better after 3 months of treatment, but it normally takes at least 6 months (and sometimes even longer) for the full benefits of this medicine to be noticed.
Any side effects?
Veltride (Dutasteride) does cause side effects. But if your doctor has told you to take this medicine, you don't need to be that concerned, because most side effects are mild, and it's only in rare cases that serious side effects occur.
- Erection problems
- A greatly reduced sex drive
- Difficulty ejaculating
- A big reduction in the amount of semen released
- Enlargement or tenderness of the breast
Talk to your doctor if you notice any side effects. Also, remember that there is a slight chance of serious side effects. Go to see your doctor immediately if you notice a discharge from the nipple, peeling of the skin, severe dizziness or any other side effects not mentioned here.
Veltride (Dutasteride) is only meant for men. Doctors won't prescribe it for use in women. Also, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant shouldn't even handle the tablets. This is because handling the tablets can cause the medication to be absorbed through the skin.
Remember that you can't give blood while you are taking these tablets, and for 6 months after you finish taking them. This is to stop pregnant woman from being given your blood.