Avodart 500mcg Soft Capsules 30


Drug Name: dutasteride
Our Price $25.39
PBS $0.00
Concession $5.20
Safety Net $0.00

S8 Note - This prescription item is Schedule 8 and can only be supplied on a script from a registered doctor in Queensland. Any prescriptions from any other state cannot be filled and will be returned in the mail

Note: Private, PBS and our prices are available to the general public. Concession and Safety Net prices are only available to people with the appropriate concession or Safety Net cards. See Prescriptions for more details.


This prescription item requires a pre approved authority from the Government in order to get this item at the quoted price. Authority prescriptions need to be applied for by the doctor writing the script and can include reasons such as increased quantities due to dosage, increased repeats, use for a pre determined specified use, or the nature of the medication itself requiring specialist interaction. In the event that an authority is not granted on the script, the price will revert to the private price quoted for that item


This item contains more than one pack of a prescription product. Before this can be dispensed the doctor has to give approval. The prescription must be written for the total quantity or the prescription must be endorsed by your doctor "Regulation 24" otherwise we will be unable to dispense the increased amount. If you proceed with the order without approval, we will only send out one pack at the single pack price and refund the difference. Eg If your prescription is written out for 30 Tablets with 5 repeats and it does not have “Regulation 24 “ written on the script, the ONLY quantity we can dispense is 30 at one time. Further dispensing of this product could only occur after an appropriate length of time - usually 21 days but depends on dosage. In this example if you would like to obtain 180 Tablets then the doctor must endorse the prescription “Regulation 24” or the quantity must be written out for 180 and not 30. NB Conditions apply on the writing of a Regulation 24 prescription. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for details.

We can no longer accept signed authority forms from your doctor as permission to dispense more than one pack. Please contact our pharmacist for more information.

If you order this item as Private, NO PBS stickers will be issued. Once any prescription order has been sent the product cannot be returned for a refund even if your doctor changes your medication or you have an adverse reaction.

Avodart 500mcg Soft Capsules 30

Avodart 500mcg Soft Capsules 30

Product ID: 57960

Pharmacist Only Medicine

This product is a Pharmacist Only Medicine and requires pharmacist advice before we can dispatch this product. You must first place the order and then contact our pharmacists within 48 hours on 1300 367 283. The pharmacist will determine if this product is appropriate for you and if so, approve the order. In the event that you do not do this, the product will be deleted from your order and the balance of your order will be dispatched. This is not required if you have a doctor's prescription.


General Information

Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet?
Please read this leaflet carefully before you take Avodart.

This leaflet answers some common questions about Avodart. It does not contain all of the available information.

It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the expected benefits of you taking Avodart against the risks this medicine could have for you.

If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.

What is Avodart used for?
Avodart (dutasteride) belongs to a group of medicines called 5 alpha reductase enzyme inhibitors which are used in men who have a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland which is located at the lower portion of the urinary bladder surrounding the urethra (urine carrying tube). In men with BPH, the prostate gland becomes large enough to squeeze the urine tube running through it. If the urine tube is squeezed it narrows, making it more difficult for you to pass urine normally and you may have some or all of the following symptoms:

difficulty in starting to urinate
an interrupted, weak urinary stream
more frequent urination, especially at night
feeling that you need to urinate right away
leaking or dribbling
a feeling that you cannot empty your bladder completely
As the disease progresses, untreated BPH can lead to an increased risk of complete blockage of urine flow (acute urinary retention) and/or the need for surgery.

Prostate growth is caused by a hormone in the blood called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Avodart lowers DHT production in the body, leading to shrinkage of the enlarged prostate in most men. Just as your prostate became large over a long period of time, reducing the size of your prostate and improving your symptoms may take time.

Avodart capsules contain the active ingredient dutasteride dissolved in a liquid.

Your doctor may have prescribed Avodart for another reason. Ask your doctor if you are unsure why Avodart was prescribed for you.

Avodart is not addictive.

Before you take Avodart
Do not take if:
You must not take Avodart if:

you have ever had an allergic reaction to dutasteride, other 5 alpha reductase enzymeinhibitors or any of the ingredients listed toward the end of this leaflet. (See "What are the side effects" and "Ingredients").
you are a woman or child.
the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed.
the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Tell your doctor if:
You must tell your doctor if:

you are allergic to foods, dyes, preservatives or any other medicines.
you suffer from liver disease and/or other medical conditions.
you are taking any other medicines, including medicines you buy without a prescription.
Women (who are pregnant or may be pregnant) and children must avoid handling punctured or leaking capsules. If dutasteride is absorbed through the skin by a woman who is pregnant with a male baby, it may cause the male baby to be born with abnormalities of the genital organs.

How do I take Avodart?
How much to take
Take Avodart as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.

The usual dose in men is one capsule daily.

How to take it
Take Avodart with or without food. Each capsule must be swallowed whole and not chewed or opened. Contact with the contents of the capsule may make your mouth or throat sore.

How long to take it for
It is important to continue to take Avodart for as long as your doctor prescribes it, even if you do not feel any immediate benefit. Some men notice an early improvement in their symptoms, however others may need to continue for 3-6 months to see if Avodart helps them. You must also continue to take your medicine as your symptoms improve.

Do not stop taking Avodart, or change the dose without first checking with your doctor.

What do I do if I take too much? (Overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much Avodart, even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.

If you are not sure what to do, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

While you are taking Avodart
Things you must do
Tell your doctor if, for any reason, you have not taken your medicine exactly as directed.

If you forget to take a capsule, don't worry, just take the next dose as normal and continue as before.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the one you have missed.

Avodart decreases your PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels. Therefore, if you are having a blood test to measure your PSA levels, tell your doctor you are taking Avodart.

Things you must not do
Do not give this medicine toanyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.

Do not use Avodart to treat any other complaints unless your doctor says to.

Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Avodart affects you.

Avodart generally does not cause any problems with your ability to drive a car or operate machinery.

What are the side effects?
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if you think you are experiencing any side effects or allergic reactions due to taking Avodart, even if the problem is not listed below. Like other medicines, Avodart can cause some side effects. If they occur, they are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and need medical attention.

The most commonly reported side-effects are:

impotence (inability to achieve or maintain an erection).
decrease in libido (sex drive).
difficulty with ejaculation.
breast swelling or tenderness.
You may also experience a decrease in sperm count and semen volume.

Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:

Wheezing, swelling of the lips/mouth, difficulty in breathing, hayfever, lumpy rash (hives) or fainting. These could be a symptom of an allergic reaction.
This is not a complete list of all possible side effects. Others may occur in some people and there may be some side effects not yet known.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.

How do I store Avodart?
Keep this medicine where children cannot reach it, such as in a locked cupboard.

Keep Avodart in a cool, dry place where it stays below 30 degrees C.

Do not leave in car, on window sill or in bathroom.

Keep Avodart in its blister pack until it is time to take your dose.

Return any unused or expired medicine to your pharmacist.

Product description
What Avodart looks like
Avodart capsules are oblong, opaque, yellow, soft gelatin capsules with GX

CE2 printed on one side in red ink. Avodart capsules are supplied in blister packs of 30 capsules.

Avodart capsules contain the active ingredient:

dutasteride 500 mcg dissolved in a liquid.
Avodart capsules also contain the inactive ingredients:

mono- and di- glycerides
butylated hydroxytoluene
red printing ink
The capsule shells are made of:

titanium dioxide (CI 77891)
iron oxide yellow (CI 77492)
Your Avodart is supplied by:
GlaxoSmithKline Australia Pty Ltd
1061 Mountain Highway
Boronia Victoria 3155

Where to go for further information
Pharmaceutical companies are not in a position to give people an individual diagnosis or medical advice. Your doctor or pharmacist is the best person to give you advice on the treatment of your condition. You may also be able to find general information about your disease and its treatment from patientinformation groups and books, for example in public libraries.

This leaflet was prepared on 19 December 2008

The information provided applies only to: Avodart®.

® Avodart is a registered trade mark of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies.

Avodart: AUST R 90434

© 2002 GlaxoSmithKline
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