Dutasteride and Tamsulosin Hydrochloride

General Information

Dutasteride and Tamsulosin Hydrochloride are used in men for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia – BPH. This type of condition is common as men get older. An enlarged prostate gland can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms like blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder. It may also cause urinary tract, kidney, or bladder problems.

This prescription will help to relieve symptoms such as:

  • Weak stream
  • Difficulty in beginning the flow of urine
  • The need to urinate frequently or urgently

How does Dutasteride and Tamsulosin Hydrochloride work?

Dutasteride and Tamsulosin Hydrochloride block the action of an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase. This enzyme changes testosterone to another hormone that causes the prostate gland to grow.

Tamsulosin Hydrochloride helps relax the muscle in the prostate gland. It also helps at the opening of the bladder. This may help increase the flow of urine or decrease the symptoms.

Dutasteride will reduce the size of an enlarged prostate. But the effect lasts only as long as the drug is taken. If it is already stopped, the prostate begins to grow again.

Why use Dutasteride and Tamsulosin Hydrochloride?

Dutasteride and Tamsulosin Hydrochloride are also known by its brand name Jalyn. This comes as a capsule for oral administration. Each capsule has 0.5 mg of Dutasteride and 0.4 mg of Tamsulosin Hydrochloride. Dutasteride is a selective inhibitor of both the type 1 and 2 of 5-alpha-reductase. Tamsulosin Hydrochloride is known as an alpha-blocker. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this prescription.   

How to use Dutasteride and Tamsulosin Hydrochloride?

This medicine is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. Each tablet is usually taken once a day, 30 minutes after the same meal each day. The tablet is to be swallowed as a whole. Do not break or chew it.

The dosage is based on your condition and response. Remember to take each dose at the same time every day. Do not take it more than or more often than the prescription.

What are the side-effects of Dutasteride and Tamsulosin Hydrochloride?

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Light-headedness
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Increased breast size
  • Backache
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Feeling weak
  • Fainting

Warnings and Precautions

  • If you have any allergies, tell your doctor right away.
  • Inform your doctor about the medical history that you have and if you have current medications.
  • This is not approved for use in women and to a child.
  • Do not miss doses to gain the most benefit.
  • If you have any signs of an allergic reaction, call for medical help right away.