Early clinical studies conducted by Merck & Co. on Propecia sexual side effects found that temporary ejaculation disorders may occur in approximately two percent of users. However, a 2011 study conducted by researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine found that the occurrence of Propecia-induced ejaculation disorders may be substantially higher than previously believed, and may last much longer. The three major types of ejaculation disorders to be linked to Propecia include retrograde ejaculation, premature ejaculation, and retarded orgasm.
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 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?
Propecia is taken orally and works by suppressing a hormone that contributes to male pattern baldness. Due to the fact that the drug manipulates critical hormone levels, Propecia has the potential to cause a variety of long-term serious sexual side effects. Among the most serious such complications to be linked to Propecia are a number of different ejaculation disorders.
Ejaculation Disorders Overview
Ejaculation is a complex physical process that involves deposition of semen in the urine channel (emission) and ejection of fluid from the urethral meatus (ejaculation proper). Emission is accomplished by a coordinated contraction of the vas deferens, seminal vesicles, and ejaculatory ducts. Emission proper is the result of rhythmic contractions of the muscles around the urethra, which causes the forcible ejaculation of the ejaculate. The three main types of ejaculation disorders reported in Propecia users include retrograde ejaculation, premature ejaculation, and retarded orgasm.
Retrograde ejaculation occurs when semen is passed in a retrograde fashion into the bladder, as opposed to out the urethra as it is supposed to do. This disorder is typically diagnosed by the finding of seminal fluid and/or sperm within a urine specimen obtained immediately after orgasm. In cases where retrograde ejaculation is caused by Propecia, the condition may be reversed by discontinuing treatment with the drug. However, an increasing number of former Propecia users have reported that sexual side effects are persistent, and last long after quitting the drug.
Premature ejaculation (also commonly referred to as rapid ejaculation) occurs when a man ejaculates with minimal sexual stimulation and before he wishes it to occur. This condition can be life-long (primary) or secondary. Premature ejaculation is believed to be the most common sexual dysfunction in males, with almost 30% of men suffering from it at one point or another in their lives.
Retarded orgasm involves the inability of the patient to achieve an orgasm in a timely manner, and in severe cases, the failure to achieve an orgasm at all. As men age, there is a natural increase in the time it takes to achieve ejaculation; however, in some men this increase may lead to the inability to ejaculate within a 30 minute time period from the initiation of sexual stimulation. One of the leading causes of retarded orgasm has been found to be the use of Propecia.
Side Effects of Propecia
In addition to having the potential to cause ejaculation disorders, Propecia has also been increasingly linked to:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Genital shrinkage
- Penile fibrosis (Peyronie’s disease)
- Less desire for sex
- Decrease in the amount of semen
- Testicular pain
- 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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