What is Combodart?
Combodart is a combination medicine that is used to treat men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as an enlarged prostate gland. It contains two active ingredients: dutasteride, a type of medicine called a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, and tamsulosin, an alpha blocker. Combodart works by inhibiting the production of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). In the absence of DHT the prostate gland shrinks, allowing urine to flow freely past the prostate. Combodart relieves the urinary symptoms, such as difficulties in passing urine, an increased need to urinate and weak urinary stream.
What is Combodart used for?
Combodart is used to treat men with BPH. An enlarged prostate is often caused by an overproduction of DHT. Urinary problems, such as difficulties in passing urine and an increased need to urinate, are often caused by prostate swelling. An enlarged prostate can also cause a weak or slow urinary stream. If left untreated, there is a risk of developing a complete inability to pass urine (acute urinary retention). Combodart helps relieve urinary problems associated with BHP.
How to use Combodart
One Combodart capsule should be taken once a day, approximately 30 minutes after the same meal each day (either breakfast, lunch or dinner). The capsule should be swallowed whole with water. If you forget to take a dose, just leave out the missed dose and take your next dose as usual when it is due. Never take a double dose to make up for a missed dose. Do not stop taking this medicine without consulting a doctor.
The usual dose is one capsule daily, 30 minutes after the same meal each day.
Combodart may cause side effects. Reported side effects include:
- Skin reactions.
- Reduced sex drive.
- Ejaculation problems.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.
When not to use Combodart
Combodart should not be used if:
- you are allergic to the active ingredients dutasteride or tamsulosin.
- you have low blood pressure.
- you have a serious liver disease.
Pregnant women should not come into contact with Combodart. The dutasteride in Combodart can be absorbed through the skin and therefore pregnant women should avoid contact with any leaking capsules in order to avoid harming the unborn child. While you are taking this medicine you should use a condom during sex if your sexual partner is pregnant or could become pregnant.
The dutasteride in this medicine passes into semen and may be harmful for the pregnancy.
This medicine may cause dizziness. Be aware of this and stay out of traffic if you experience this side effect. Alcohol is allowed, but in moderation. Excessive alcohol consumption can increase the chance of side effects.