Propecia Erectile Dysfunction & Lawsuits
Propecia is a hair loss treatment drug also called Proscar and is a brand name product from Merck.
In recent studies many reports are now surfacing that Propecia is making men impotent or suffer from erectile dysfunction. It was noted in some studies that 5 to 23 percent of the millions of men who have taken or were on Propecia have complained about a lower sex drive, or worse permanent impotence.
It is this and other side effects that are prompting men to seek lawyers help in the way of a Propecia class action lawsuit. If you have suffered permanent impotence from Propecia use contact us today for a free case review, as there may be cash compensation from any settlements that may occur.
In the United States, Merck has taken a more conservative approach after the Food and Drug Administration announced that upgraded warnings would be required on finasteride. Merck changed warnings on Propecia and another finasteride drug, Proscar, used to treat enlarged prostates to include information about findings that the sexual side effects could last even after patients stop taking the drug. Meanwhile, in Australia, there is no such warning on the medications.
More research is emerging which calls the safety of the medications into question. These findings, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, where recently posted by an organization on behalf of men who have suffered “post finasteride syndrome:
- In a group of 54 otherwise healthy former users of finasteride who developed persistent sexual side effects that lasted for at least 3 months, 96% continued to experience these effects when reassessed 9–16 months (mean 14 months) later, raising the possibility of permanent effects.
- To explain the long-term neurological effects of finasteride, it is possible that reduced concentrations of neuroactive steroids are affecting the plasticity of neuronal architecture in regions of the brain responsible for sexual function.
- The most volunteered changes related to the urogenital system in terms of semen quality and decreased ejaculate volume, reduction in penis size, penile curvature or reduced sensation, fewer spontaneous erections, decreased testicular size, testicular pain, and prostatitis. Many subjects also noted changes to their mental abilities, sleeping patterns, and/or depressive symptoms. Many subjects reported a “disconnection” between the mental and physical aspects of sexual function.
- Further valuable research could determine who would be susceptible to finasteride through genetic studies of polymorphisms of 5a reductase and the androgen receptor. Further research with validated instruments is needed to study the nonsexual persistent side effects associated with finasteride.”
NEWS: Propecia Prostate Cancer Warning.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a safety announcement to warn health care professionals that the Warnings and Precautions section of the labels for the 5-alpha reductase inhibitor (5-ARI) class of drugs that includes Propecia has been revised to include new safety information about the increased risk of being diagnosed with a more serious form of prostate cancer.
Serious Dangerous Side effects of Propecia
According to the reports published by "The Journal of Sexual Medicine", the problems may linger even after men have stopped taking Propecia.
Dr. Irwin Goldstein states: "as hair loss treatments that may negatively impact their sexual life, possibly for a prolonged time after stopping the medication".
Side Effects may include:
- Lower sex drive
- Loss of libido
- Permanent Impotence
Questions about Propecia:
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