What is Veltride (Dutasteride) used for?
Veltride (Dutasteride) is an oral medication prescribed to treat men suffering from an enlarged prostate. It operates by preventing the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone to reduce the size of the prostate and relieve symptoms associated with this condition such as the chronic urgent need to urinate, inability to empty the bladder, or involuntary urine leakage. It may also be useful for preventing hair loss caused by male pattern baldness. Your physician may prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Veltride (Dutasteride)?
Veltride (Dutasteride) is normally prescribed at a dosage of one tablet taken daily, but your particular directions will be determined by your physician based on the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. These doses should be swallowed whole and unaltered. They may be taken on an empty stomach, but a meal or snack is recommended prior to use if you experience nausea. Never crush, split, or chew the tablets before application as this may destroy or change the effects of their contents. Always ask your physician any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Veltride (Dutasteride)?
Side effects that may occur in patients using Veltride (Dutasteride) include:
Inform your physician as soon as possible if you experience any intense symptoms or signs of an allergic reaction such as swelling, hives, or difficulty breathing. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced frequency of administration, or emergency medical attention in more serious cases.
Do not use Veltride (Dutasteride) if you are a woman, if the patient is a child under the age of eighteen, or if you are a male with an allergy to soy, allergies to 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, or severely decreased liver function. Also disclose if you have mild to moderately decreased liver function as this condition may cause unexpected complications requiring special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Veltride (Dutasteride). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.