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Dutasteride (Avodart)

Dutasteride is an orally taken drug that falls into the drug class of 5a-reductase inhibitors and has the chemical formula of C27H30F6N2O2. The drug is taken orally and gained medical approval in the USA in 2001. There are now over one million prescriptions of the drug in America annually. The medicine is only available to adults.

The drug is usually prescribed in a 0.5 mg capsule and can improve a male’s urinary flow, primarily when the issues are caused by an enlarged prostate. Aside from preventing acute urinary retention, it may prevent the need for prostate surgery. The medicine is taken daily and used as a long-term treatment with courses regularly lasting for a minimum of six months, although many patients are on dutasteride for several years.

Avodart is the best-known branded version of the drug, but dutasteride is available as a generic prescription drug too. It is only available as a capsule.

What is Dutasteride Prescribed For?

Dutasteride is primarily used to treat conditions linked to an enlarged prostate. Most commonly, it manages symptoms of benign prostate enlargement, also known as BPH, including changes to toiletry habits. It may be used as a sole treatment or in combination with tamsulosin. In some cases, it can also reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer, although there are risks linked to an aggressive form of cancer, which is why it must not be taken without a doctor’s prescription.

The drug may also be prescribed to help prevent male balding and scalp hair loss or excessive hair growth, as well as for hormonal treatment in transgender women. Its use for hair loss has become increasingly common in recent times.

How Does Dutasteride Work?

The primary function of dutasteride is to inhibit the growth of a hormone known as dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, by stopping testosterone conversions. It is the same function offered by other 5a-reductase inhibitors and will allow the enlarged prostate to shrink back to its normal size. In turn, this relieves the pinching pressure from the urinary tract as well as other symptoms.

It additionally prevents the formation of neurosteroid metabolites. Dutasteride does not have severe interactions with other drugs but can have moderate interactions with cimetidine, ketoconazole, rifabutin, and more. The inhibition of DHT also prevents hair loss and fills in balding spots.

What Are The Side Effects of Dutasteride?

Taking dutasteride can increase the risk of high grade prostate cancer or mask the early signs of it, but this only impacts a small section of patients and is something a doctor will consider before prescribing the medication. While dutasteride is generally considered to be a safe drug with very few side effects, the following issues have the potential to surface;

  • Reduced sex drive,
  • Reduced sperm production during ejaculation,
  • Impotence,
  • Pain in the testicles,
  • Breast growth or tenderness,
  • Dizziness.

While rare, it has been reported that cardiac arrest can occur as a result of taking Dutasteride. If you experience any symptoms, you should seek medical help. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Dutasteride

How to Take Dutasteride?

Dutasteride is a capsule that should be taken daily for the duration of the treatment, whether it’s for hair loss or prostate issues. You can take the tablet with water but not food and it should be swallowed and not chewed. Ideally, patients should take it at the same time each day.

What to Avoid While Taking Dutasteride?

When taking dutasteride, it is important to follow the instructions given to you by the doctor, which will also be present in the accompanying leaflet. You should also avoid smoking tobacco or drinking alcohol around dutasteride usage as it can cause additional chemical interactions. It can be absorbed through the skin, so pregnant women and breastfeeding women should never touch the capsules.

How Long Can You Take Dutasteride for Hair Loss?

Six months is the most common treatment duration for hair loss. However, a review of the dutasteride effects may see your doctor change this timespan. 

Can You Get Dutasteride Over-The-Counter (OTC)?

Individuals can order dutasteride from brick-and-mortar pharmacies and online pharmacies, but only with a prescription that will be matched to the intended purpose as well as individual circumstances. When long-term dutasteride treatments are required, refills may be ordered without requiring a new prescription.

Can You Get a Dutasteride Prescription Online?

Yes, you can receive a Dutasteride (Avodart) prescription online through DrHouse. Our licensed physicians are able to conduct virtual consultations and prescribe Dutasteride if deemed appropriate after reviewing your medical history and current condition.


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Frequently asked questions

  • Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.

    Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.

  • There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

  • With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:

    • Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
    • Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
    • Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
    • Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
    • A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
    • If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
    • Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.

    DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.

    For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.

  • During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.

    The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.

    You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.

    Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.

  • With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.

  • Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.

    All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.

    We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.

    Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.

  • DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.

    The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.

    To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page

  • Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.

  • Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.

    DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

    DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.

    In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.

    DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.