Propecia, a widely-used prescription treatment for male pattern baldness, has recently been linked to the development of gynecomastia. This condition refers to the development of breasts in men, and occurs when excessive amounts of tissue build up in the pectoral region. Signs and symptoms of Propecia-induced gynecomastia may include unusual pain, tenderness, and sensitivity in the breast.
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.
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What’s the problem?
Men who suffer from gynecomastia, an abnormal enlargement of the gland tissue in the male breast, may require new treatments and therapies in order to correct the condition. Unfortunately, gynecomastia has recently been linked to the use of Merck’s blockbuster hair loss treatment Propecia (generic: finasteride). A number of lawsuits have been filed nationwide claiming the company was negligent when they failed to warn the public about the potential risks involved with taking Propecia.
Propecia Gynecomastia Overview
Gynecomastia is characterized by the swelling of male breast tissue caused by an imbalance of estrogen (female hormones) and androgens (male hormones). The condition can affect one or both breasts, sometimes unevenly. Newborns, boys going through puberty, and older men may develop gynecomastia as a result of normal changes in hormone levels. However, a number of other factors – such as Propecia use – have been known to cause the condition.
Signs and symptoms of Propecia-induced gynecomastia may include:
- enlargement of the male breasts (which is typically symmetrical in location and may have a rubbery or firm feel)
- breast tenderness
- breast sensitivity
- breast pain
In most cases, gynecomastia occurs on both sides, but has been known to be unilateral in rare instances. The enlargement may be greater on one side, even if both sides are affected by the condition. It is important to differentiate between gynecomastia and male breast cancer, which accounts for only about 1% of breast cancer cases overall. Male breast cancer is typically confined to one side, and is not necessarily centered around the nipple.
Treatment & Prognosis (Outlook)
The vast majority of naturally-occurring cases of gynecomastia regress over time without treatment. However, if the condition is caused by a serious underlying condition such as hypogonadism, malnutrition or cirrhosis, it may require treatment. If you are taking drugs such as Propecia that have the potential to cause gynecomastia, your doctor may recommend stopping them or substituting another medication. Prescription drugs like tamoxifen and raloxifene have been helpful to some men suffering from gynecomastia. Although these medications have been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of male breast cancer, they have not been specifically approved to treat gynecomastia.
Side Effects of Propecia
In addition to having the potential to cause gynecomastia, Propecia has also been associated with a number of other severe side effects, which may include:
- erectile dysfunction
- less desire for sex
- decrease in the amount of semen
- ejaculation disorders
- testicular pain
- male breast cancer
- prostate cancer
- genital shrinkage
- penile fibrosis (Payronie’s disease)
- body disfigurement
- endocrine system failure
- psychological and emotional trauma
Other, less severe side effects commonly reported in Propecia users include:
- breast tenderness
- allergic reactions
Want to learn more about Propecia side effects?
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Do You Have a Propecia 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 Propecia lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new gynecomastia, 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.