Propecia Side Effects

Propecia side effects may lead to permanent sexual dysfunction and impotence and attorneys are filing lawsuits nationwide on behalf of affected men.  If you have experienced sexual or erectile dysfunction and have taken Propecia, speak with an experienced Propecia attorney to discuss your legal options.

The male pattern baldness drug, Propecia, may be associated with a number of serious side effects, particularly those involving sexual dysfunction. An emerging body of research has shown that Propecia use may cause a number of long-term adverse side effects in men, some of which may continue even after Propecia use is terminated. The active ingredient in Propecia is finasteride, which belongs to a group of drugs called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. Finasteride was originally approved by the FDA under the brand name Proscar, which was prescribed to men with an enlarged prostate. In 1997, the FDA approved finasteride to treat male pattern baldness under the brand name Propecia, and the drug is currently manufactured by Merck & Co. Although Propecia has been found to effectively stimulate hair regrowth in men suffering from male pattern baldness, the sexual dysfunction side effects potentially linked to Propecia use are severe enough to outweigh this benefit. If you are taking or have taken Propecia in the past and you are experiencing one or more sexual dysfunction side effects as a result, contact a Propecia attorney immediately to discuss your legal options.

Sexual Dysfunction Side Effects

According to recent studies, men who take Propecia to treat male pattern baldness, as the drug is marketed, may have an increased risk of developing serious side effects involving sexual dysfunction. Although researchers have been unable to determine why these side effects occur in men taking Propecia, they have determined that the side effects have persisted even after Propecia use was terminated. Potential Propecia side effects include:

  • Permanent sexual dysfunction
  • Impotence
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Reduced semen production
  • Depression
  • Loss of sexual drive
  • Gynecomastia (excessive growth of breast tissue in males)

According to researchers involved in a Propecia side effect study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine earlier this year, a large percentage of men taking Propecia to treat male pattern baldness may suffer from one or more of these side effects. This particular study involved seventy-one otherwise healthy males between the ages of 21 and 46, who reported the new onset of adverse sexual side effects associated with Propecia which lasted for more than three months even when Propecia treatment was discontinued. Researchers indicated that 94% of the men developed low libido, 92% suffered from erectile dysfunction, 92% suffered from decreased arousal, and 69% developed problems with orgasm.

Propecia FDA Warnings for Side Effects

Despite the potential for Propecia to cause serious and long-term harm, the FDA has failed to issue any Propecia warnings notifying patients about the risk of Propecia sexual dysfunction side effects. Propecia maker, Merck & Co., has also failed to include any warnings on the Propecia label alerting patients and healthcare professionals about the potential for Propecia to cause severe side effects. Consumers depend on the FDA and drug companies to provide adequate and reliable information about pharmaceutical drug side effects in order to determine which medications are safe for them to take and which aren't. Unfortunately, some drug companies intentionally conceal the more serious side effects of their medications in order to make their products more appealing to the public. This deceptive practice prevents the FDA from establishing sufficient side effect warnings regarding the drugs, and puts consumers at risk of serious, life-altering injury without their knowledge.

Propecia Attorneys for Side Effects

Not only are the side effects potentially associated with Propecia serious, but they are also long-lasting. According to the Journal of Sexual Medicine study, the average duration of adverse side effects was a shocking forty months after Propecia treatment was stopped. If you or a loved one has suffered from one or more serious side effects and you believe Propecia to be the cause, contact a Propecia attorney to discuss your options for legal recourse. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, which you can collect by filing a Propecia lawsuit against Merck & Co. Drug companies like Merck are expected to produce and distribute safe medications, and should be held accountable for any adverse side effects sustained by consumers of their products. By hiring a qualified Propecia lawyer to represent their case, victims of potential Propecia side effects can protect their rights and collect the compensation they deserve.

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