Treating symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or enlargement of the prostate gland. It also helps to reduce the risk of urinary blockage and the need for surgery to treat BPH. It may be used alone or along with another medicine (tamsulosin). Avodart is a 5 alpha-reductase enzyme inhibitor. It works by lowering levels of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a major cause of prostate growth. Lowering DHT leads to shrinkage of the enlarged prostate gland.
Avodart (dutasteride) is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and hair loss in men. The prescription drug belongs to the classification 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. The inhibitor blocks the reductase enzyme which can cause prostate enlargement in men. An enlarged prostate can cause problems with urinating and possibly lead to surgery.