Propecia’s side effects can be permanent, life-altering, and extremely damaging to one’s emotional well-being. For these reasons, many former Propecia users have suffered debilitating bouts of depression in response to suffering from long-term health complications. Signs and symptoms of Propecia-induced depression may include fatigue and decreased energy, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, insomnia, irritability, and loss of interest in once pleasurable activities, including sex.
Propecia Update 5/31/12: Attorneys involved in federal lawsuits over Propecia sexual side effects met with a multidistrict litigation (MDL) judge yesterday to discuss procedural matters and the upcoming structure of the trials. To date, only 18 Propecia lawsuits have been consolidated into the MDL; however, this number is expected to grow rapidly in the near future, as Propecia attorneys continue to review potential cases on behalf of individuals allegedly injured by the drug’s side effects. Click here to learn more.
Propecia Update 5/22/12: The parents of a former Propecia user who committed suicide after suffering from persistent sexual side effects is blaming the widely-prescribed hair loss treatment for their son’s action. Twenty-two-year-old Randy Santmann killed himself in 2008 within a week of being released from a psychiatric facility, and just six months after discontinuing treatment with Propecia. Click here to learn more.
Propecia Lawsuit Update 4/17/12: The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation announced yesterday that it had decided to centralize the federal Propecia litigation before U.S. District Judge John Gleeson in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Although the current consolidation will be limited to just nine federal Propecia lawsuits pending in courthouses around the country, experts expect this number to grow in response to Merck’s decision to update Propecia’s warning label to include information about the potential risk of persistent sexual side effects. Click here to learn more.
Propecia Update 4/12/12: The warning labels of Propecia and Proscar will be updated to include information about sexual side effects, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday. The administration’s action came in response to its review of hundreds of adverse event reports that had been linked to the drugs. Click here to learn more.
Free Propecia Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered from sexual dysfunction or been diagnosed with cancer after taking Propecia (finasteride) or Proscar, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Propecia and we can help.
What’s the Problem with Propecia?
New studies have linked Merck’s controversial hair loss drug Propecia (generic: finasteride) to long-term sexual dysfunction, cancer, and body disfigurement. When users realize they have developed these conditions because of taking Propecia, serious cases of depression are quick to follow. Propecia is different from other drugs because it can actually change the chemistry of the brain, causing depression and other serious psychological symptoms to persist long after the user stops taking the drug.
It goes without saying that everyone feels sad or blue from time to time. In most cases, these feelings are short-lived and pass within a couple of days. However, when former Propecia users are dealing with the catastrophic fallout from using the drug, feelings of depression can interfere with daily life and cause pain both for the individual as well as for his family and loved ones. Propecia-induced depression is a serious illness with wide-ranging psychological implications.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of depression may include:
- difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
- fatigue and decreased energy
- feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
- feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
- early-morning wakefulness
- excessive sleeping
- loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
- overeating or appetite loss
- persistent aches or pains
- digestive problems that do not ease, even with treatment
- persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
- thoughts of suicide
- suicide attempts
Treatment of Propecia-Induced Depression
Due to the fact that some of the side effects associated with Propecia may be long-term and potentially-irreversible, it may be particularly difficult for some former users to come to grips with their new reality. However, it is important to remember that you are not alone – thousands of other men around the country are dealing with similar situations. Make an appointment with your doctor to determine the root cause of your depression, and discuss your treatment options. Once you’ve done this, you should contact a Propecia lawyer. While pursuing legal action may not change your physical condition, it may provide you with a sense of justice, and could gain you the financial resources to obtain necessary treatments.
Propecia Side Effects
In addition to causing serious bouts of depression, Propecia has also been linked to:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Genital shrinkage
- Penile fibrosis (Peyronie’s disease)
- Less desire for sex
- Ejaculation disorders
- Testicular Pain
- Decrease in the amount of semen
- Body disfigurement
- Endocrine system failure
- Male breast cancer
- Breast lumps
- Breast pain
- Nipple discharge
- Prostate cancer
- Memory loss
- Slurring of speech
- Dissociative states
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Do You Have a Propecia Depression 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 Propecia lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new sexual dysfunction and cancer cases in all 50 states.
Remember, taking a drug like Propecia to treat hair loss shouldn’t lead to permanent sexual dysfunction or cancer. Our law firm is passionate about helping the large number of otherwise healthy men who have suffered from the serious and potentially irreversible side effects of Propecia.
If you or a loved one has suffered from sexual dysfunction or been diagnosed with cancer after taking Propecia (finasteride) or Proscar, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help. We offer a Free Confidential Case Evaluation.