New research indicates that the popular hair loss treatment drug Propecia (generic: finasteride) may cause genital shrinkage in certain users. A soon to be published study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reports that male rats receiving Propecia for one month had a 25% reduction in the weight of their penis. This latest revelation comes just as the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is widening its probe into the safety and efficacy of Propecia.
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?
Since it was first approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1997, tens of thousands of men around the country have taken Propecia (generic: finasteride) to reverse hair loss. Unfortunately, over the last several years, Propecia has become increasingly linked to a number of severe sexual side effects. One of the most severe potential consequences of Propecia use is genital shrinkage, or a contraction of the sexual organs.
Genital Shrinkage Overview
Depending on the severity of the condition, Propecia-induced genital shrinkage can affect the penis, the testes, or both. These parts of the male anatomy play a fundamental role in men’s sexual health and overall well-being. Genital shrinkage caused by Propecia may result in the following long-term complications:
- Sexual dysfunction
- Erectile dysfunction
- Urinary tract disorders
- Persistent emotional or psychological damage
Propecia Genital Shrinkage Study
On March 16, 2012, the Examiner (www.examiner.com) reported that a new study set to be published in a forthcoming edition of the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that male rats receiving oral Propecia treatment for a period of four weeks had a 25% reduction in the weight of their penis.
Dr. Michael Irwig, author of last year’s ground-breaking study on the permanence of Propecia’s sexual side effects, said of the new research, “This is consistent with what many men have told me that they have had shrinkage in their penis after taking Propecia.”
The new study, which is titled “Effects of Oral Finasteride on Erectile Function in a Rat Model” by MG Zhang, concludes: “In a rat model, finasteride treatment for 4 weeks reduces the weight of the corpus cavernous (penis) but appears not to affect the erectile responses to electrical stimulation of the cavernous nerve. As erection is a complex process involving important signaling in the brain, further studies are necessary to demonstrate the long-term effects of finasteride on both central and peripheral neural pathways of erection.”
Side Effects of Propecia
In addition to having the potential to cause the above-listed side effects, Propecia has also recently been associated with:
- Less desire for sex
- Decrease in the amount of semen
- Ejaculation disorders
- Testicular pain
- Penile Fibrosis (Payronie’s Disease)
- 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 Genital Shrinkage 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.