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Propecia Erectile Dysfunction Lawsuit Filed in Florida

A Florida man has filed a Propecia erectile dysfunction lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant Merck, claiming the popular hair replacement product ruined his sex life.

In what seems to be an alarming nationwide trend, a Florida man has filed a Propecia erectile dysfunction lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant Merck, claiming the popular hair replacement product ruined his sex life. The claim alleges that Merck failed to warn the public that Propecia side effects could result in permanent sexual dysfunction. The new lawsuit comes just months after a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that the side effects of Propecia had been linked to sexual problems in a large number of men.

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 2/16/12: More than 50 people from 22 states have joined a lawsuit against Merck & Co. and its subsidiaries for failing to warn the public about the dangerous side effects associated with their male pattern baldness drugs. The complaint alleges that Propecia and Proscar, which contain the active ingredient finasteride, cause an “increased risk of persistent and/or serious and dangerous side effects.” Click here to learn more.

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.

What’s the problem?

June 7, 2011 – Eddie Sebastia, the man who filed the recent lawsuit, reportedly took Propecia and its progenitor Proscar from 1998 to 2008 and subsequently developed a number of serious sexual side effects. The claim states Sebastia suffered from erectile dysfunction, testicular pain, decreased sex drive, depression and anxiety. Sebastia’s lawsuit is just one of a growing number of claims being investigated around the country on behalf of men injured by Propecia sexual side effects.

First approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1997, Propecia is a hair replacement medication that works by inhibiting dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – a key cause of hair loss – in a man’s scalp. DHT is a substance in the body that can shrink the hair follicle until it no longer produces visible hair. Reducing DHT appears to inhibit the further shrinking of affected hair follicles. Propecia is approved for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and male pattern baldness (MPB).

Despite its relative success in treating these conditions, Propecia interferes with male hormones, including testosterone derivatives. Unfortunately, a large number of men have reported experiencing unexplained sexual side effects after using Propecia. Even when they stop using the medication, many men have reported that these Propecia side effects continue.

Side Effects of Propecia

According to the findings of a recent study conducted at Boston University School of Medicine, the use of Propecia may result in permanent sexual dysfunction in some men. Sexual side effects may include (but are not limited to):

  • loss of sexual desire
  • impotence
  • erectile dysfunction
  • reduced semen volume

Other, non-sexual side effects reported in Propecia users include:

  • male breast cancer
  • gynecomastia
  • testicular pain
  • depression

Propecia Prostate Cancer

On June 9, 2011, the FDA issued a press release warning that Propecia may increase the risk for high-grade prostate cancer, the most aggressive and deadly form of the disease. The warning was based on the administration’s analysis of two large studies – the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial (PCPT) and the Reduction by Dutasteride of Prostate Cancer Events (REDUCE) Trial – which showed that Propecia and other medications in the 5-alpha reductase inhibitor (5-ARI) class reduced the overall risk of getting prostate cancer but increased the chances of developing high-grade tumors. Signs and symptoms of Propecia-induced prostate cancer include:

  • urinary problems (not being able to urinate; having a hard time starting or stopping the flow of urine; needing to urinate often, especially at night; weak flow of urine; urine flow that starts and stops; pain or burning during urination)
  • difficulty achieving an erection
  • blood in the urine or semen
  • frequent pain in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs

Want to learn more about Propecia side effects? Please visit our home page where we provide an overview of the Propecia lawsuit. Here we have posted a number of videos, links to studies and research, and related information: Propecia Lawsuit

Do I have a Propecia 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.

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