Propecia and Erectile Dysfunction Side Effects

Erectile dysfunction side effects possibly linked to Propecia may be permanent. Contact a Propecia attorney if you have been adversely affected by the hair loss drug to discuss your legal options.

According to recent studies, the hair loss drug Propecia may be associated with irreversible sexual side effects in men, including permanent erectile dysfunction. In response to this side effect risk, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency of the United Kingdom and the Swedish Medical Products Agency have both updated their Propecia medication guides to include a warning that "persistence of erectile dysfunction after discontinuation of treatment with Propecia has been reported in post-marketing use." Unfortunately, the FDA has failed to follow suit in warning consumers in the U.S. about potentially permanent Propecia side effects.

Propecia (finasteride) belongs to a class of drugs called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, and is commonly used to stimulate hair regrowth in men suffering from male pattern baldness. Finasteride was initially approved by the FDA in 1992 as Proscar, a drug used in the treatment of enlarged prostate. In 1997, the FDA approved finasteride to treat male pattern baldness under the brand name Propecia, which is currently manufactured by Merck & Co. Unfortunately, the adverse sexual side effects potentially linked to Propecia may significantly outweigh the possible benefits of the treatment. If you took the hair loss drug Propecia and have since suffered from a life-altering side effect like permanent erectile dysfunction, contact a Propecia attorney to discuss your legal options.


Erectile Dysfunction Symptoms and Treatment

Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection for satisfactory sexual activity. Some men suffering from ED have a total inability to achieve an erection, others have an inconsistent ability to achieve an erection, and others can sustain only brief erections. Erectile dysfunction can have life-changing physical and psychological consequences for affected men, as closely tied as it is to the notion of physical well-being. Treatment options for ED associated with Propecia include medication, over-the-counter pumps, surgical implants and suppositories. Unfortunately, studies show that the sexual side effects linked to Propecia may be permanent.


Propecia Side Effect Studies and FDA Warnings

According to recent studies, use of the hair loss drug Propecia to treat male pattern baldness may be associated with permanent erectile dysfunction in men. A revealing Propecia side effect study was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine earlier this year. Researchers involved in the study observed seventy-one otherwise healthy men aged 21-46 who reported the new onset of abnormal sexual side effects linked to Propecia use, in which the symptoms lasted for at least three months even when use of the drug was terminated. According to the results of this study, 94% of men taking Propecia developed low libido, 92% suffered from decreased arousal, 92% developed erectile dysfunction, and 69% suffered from problems with orgasm.

Although the FDA has failed to adequately warn patients in the U.S. about the sexual dysfunction side effects of Propecia, the Propecia warning label in Sweden indicates that the sexual side effects associated with the hair loss drug could be irreversible, meaning that they may continue even after patients stop using the medication. According to the Propecia warning label in the U.S., only 2% of men may experience sexual side effects while taking Propecia, but those side effects would likely be reversed once the medication was discontinued. On the contrary, the Sexual Medicine study indicates that up to 15% of Propecia patients may experience sexual side effects like ED that are irreversible.


Propecia Attorneys for ED Side Effects

Experts estimate that erectile dysfunction affects 30 million men in the United States. However, because many affected men are reluctant to discuss ED with their doctors, experts believe the condition is under-diagnosed. If you or a loved one has suffered from erectile dysfunction, which you believe to be associated with Propecia use, contact a Propecia attorney to discuss your options for legal recourse. You may have grounds to file a Propecia lawsuit against Merck & Co. in order to seek financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. You are not at fault for any injuries caused by a dangerous pharmaceutical drug. Drug companies like Merck are responsible for the safety of their medications, and should be held accountable for the resulting consequences. With the help of an experienced Propecia lawyer, victims of Propecia side effects can protect their rights and collect the compensation they deserve.

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