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Avodart Dutasteride 30 x 0.5mg Capsules




These tablets are prescription only.

If you have a prescription you will be required to send it to us before we can dispense.

If you do not have a private prescription select Supply me with a valid prescription and we will ask you to cpmplete an online consultation once you have purchased.

Our doctors will prescribe a maximum of 6 of this product or any equivalent product at a time.

Take one capsule daily
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What is Avodart?

Avodart belongs to a class of medication known as 5α-reductase inhibitors (5-ARIs). The active ingredient in Avodart is dutasteride. It is used primarily to improve the flow of urine in the treatment of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH).


How Does Avodart Work?

Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) is growth of the prostate gland caused by the body producing too much of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone. Growth can put pressure on the bladder and the urethra, which can cause both a need to pass water frequently and difficulty in doing so. It can also make it difficult to fully empty your bladder.

Dutasteride, the active ingredient in Avodart, lowers the production of dihydrotestosterone, which helps to shrink the prostate and relieve the symptoms.

How To Take Avodart?

Capsules should be swallowed whole with water; they may be taken with or without food. Do not chew or break open the capsules, as the contents may cause you to have a sore throat or mouth.

Do not take Avodart after the expiry date shown on the pack, and do not give any capsules to other people, even if they appear to have the same condition as you.

Always take Avodart as prescribed by your doctor.

Avodart dosage

The recommended dose is one capsule (0.5 mg), taken once a day. Do not exceed the recommended dose and always tell your doctor about any other medications you might be taking or medical problems you might be experiencing.

Please note that Avodart is a long-term medication and so it may take some months before it starts to have an impact on your condition; don’t be tempted to take more than prescribed to try to kick-start any beneficial effects, and do keep on taking it for as long as instructed by your doctor.

Avodart side effects

As it is the case with any medicine, Avodart can cause some side effects. The most common ones may affect up to 1 in 10 men and include:

  • impotence (inability to achieve an erection)

  • decreased libido (reduction in sex drive)

  • difficulty with ejaculation

  • breast enlargement or tenderness (gynecomastia)

  • dizziness (when taken with tamsulosin)

Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 men) include:

  • heart failure (you may experience shortness of breath, extreme tiredness and swelling in your ankles and legs)

  • hair loss (usually from the body) or hair growth


Possible (frequency unknown) side effects include:

  • depression

  • pain and swelling in the testicles


If you suffer any side effects, or if anything unusual occurs that you think might be as a result of taking Avodart, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Very rarely, someone may experience a serious allergic reaction. Stop taking Avodart and immediately seek medical advice if you experience any of the following:

  • skin rash, possibly itchy

  • hives – swollen, pale red bumps on the skin that usually cause itching, but may also burn or sting

  • swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, arms or legs


These are not the only potential side effects of Avodart. For a full list, see the leaflet inside your medicine packet.

There are some medicines that can react with Avodart and possibly increase the likelihood that you will experience side-effects. These medicines include: 

  • itraconazole or ketaconazole (used to treat fungal infections)

  • nefazodone (antidepressant)

  • alpha-blockers (for enlarged prostate or high blood pressure)

  • verapamil or diltiazem (for high blood pressure)

  • ritonavir or indinavir (for HIV)


Tell your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines, or any other medicines, whether prescription, over-the-counter or herbal preparations. You may need to take a reduced dose of Avodart, to avoid problems.

Please note that Avodart should be stored out of the sight and reach of children. If a child should handle a broken capsule, wash the affected area(s) immediately with soap and water and seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist.

Where to buy Avodart

You can buy Avodart 0.5 mg tablets online from Pharmacy Direct GB.

FAQ Section

Can I take Avodart in pregnancy?

Avodart is intended to be taken only by men. If you are, or may be, pregnant, avoid handling broken capsules as dutasteride – the active ingredient in Avodart – is absorbed through the skin. It can affect the normal development of a male baby, especially if the foetus is exposed to it during the first 16 weeks of the pregnancy.

If you are, or may be, pregnant and you come into contact with Avodart, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Make sure your partner uses a condom during sexual intercourse, as dutasteride has been detected in the sperm of men taking the capsules.

Do I need a prescription?

You must have a valid prescription before you are able to buy Avodart tablets. If you do not have a private prescription, choose “supply me with a valid prescription” to add with an online consultation.

You can purchase multiple (6) packs of this product on a single prescription.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, then you should skip that dose entirely – don’t take double to make up for it.

What happens if I take too much?

If you take more Avodart than you should, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Can I drink alcohol while taking Avodart?

Avodart is not affected by alcohol, so yes, but take care to drink in moderation.

What is the difference between Avodart and Dutasteride?

Avodart is the brand name and dutasteride is the active ingredient. To read the patient information leaflet for this product see here: Link

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