Finasteride, a drug contained in Propecia and Proscar, has been linked to the development of gynecomastia. Informally known as “man boobs,” gynecomastia is characterized by the abnormal development of male breast tissue. While not considered to be a life-threatening condition, gynecomastia can have a serious impact on a man’s self-confidence and emotional well-being.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with gynecomastia (male breast growth) after taking finasteride, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the Problem with Finasteride?
Finasteride works by blocking the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which can reduce the size of the prostate gland and slow the progress of male pattern baldness (MPB). However, this same mechanism can have a significant impact on the endocrine system. The hormonal imbalance caused by the drug can increase the risk of gynecomastia, cancer and sexual side effects.
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is characterized by the overdevelopment of male breast tissue. In response to too much estrogen or too little testosterone, the glandular tissue of the breast swells and creates a breast bud. Gynecomastia can occur in babies, adolescent boys and older men as a result of these hormonal fluctuations. In men who use finasteride-containing drugs, changes in testosterone levels may up the production of estrogen, resulting in the condition as well.
- swollen nipples
- soft, palpable breast tissue
- unsymmetrical breast enlargement
- slightly darker or redder skin around the nipples
- nipple discharge
- mood swings
- chronic fatigue
- decreased sex drive
- tender, swollen testicles
- gastrointestinal problems
Gynecomastia in adolescents and young men normally does not require treatment and will usually go away on its own. If it is found to have been caused by finasteride, quitting the drug will likely help to reduce symptoms. However, you should never stop taking a prescription medication without talking to your doctor first.
Do I Have a Finasteride Gynecomastia Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Finasteride Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new gynecomastia cases in all 50 states.
Free Finasteride Gynecomastia Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one developed male breast growth (gynecomastia) after taking a medication that contains finasteride, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.