Merck’s blockbuster hair loss treatment drug Propecia (generic: finasteride) has been found to interact with male hormones, and has the potential to affect sex organs in the body. Sadly, Propecia has been increasingly linked to persistent bouts of impotence and other serious sexual side effects. Propecia-induced impotence is characterized by the inability of a male to attain and keep an erection sufficiently firm to engage in or complete sexual intercourse.
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.
Propecia Update 3/8/12: This week, the FDA expanded its safety review into Propecia’s sexual side effects, according to an article published today in the Examiner (examiner.com). While neither the FDA nor Merck has responded to the publication’s previously submitted questions about the drug, sources close to the investigation confirm that the administration has responded to hundreds of men who have inquired about Propecia’s potential for sexual side effects. 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?
According to the results of a new study, men worried about losing their hair may be at risk of losing much more if they take Propecia. Research published in the March 2011 issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine found that up to 23% of men who take the popular hair loss treatment may become impotent and have significantly lowered sex drives because of the active ingredient finasteride. In many cases, impotence persists even after the user has discontinued treatment with the drug.
For patients in this situation, “it’s a life sentence,” said lead researcher Abdulmaged M. Traish, a professor of biochemistry and urology at Boston University School of Medicine.
“No sex. No desire. Potential depression,” Traish added. And while the vast majority of Propecia users will suffer some sexual side effects, certain men will experience them with greater severity than others.
The research analyzed all available medical literature for reports of sexual complications linked to finasteride and dutasteride, the active ingredient in Avodart. The cumulative results found that about 8% of patients being treated with the drugs reported experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED), while 4.2% reported reduced libido, compared with 4% and 1.8% of a control group receiving a placebo, respectively. The study also found other commonly-reported serious side effects such as reduced ejaculation, decreased semen volume, and depression.
Propecia Impotence Overview
Achieving and maintaining an erection is a complex biological process that requires messages of arousal from the penis to be transmitted to the nervous system, which are then returned to the sexual organ in the form of nervous impulses and dilated blood vessels. Anything that interferes with this process can make achieving an erection difficult.
Impotence (also commonly referred to as ‘erectile dysfunction’) occurs when a man is unable to sustain an erection long enough to have sex, or cannot have an erection at all. Experts estimate that impotence affects approximately 15 million men nationwide, although exact numbers are difficult to determine due to the fact that many individuals suffering from the condition are embarrassed to discuss it with their doctors, opting instead to suffer in silence.
Signs & Symptoms of Impotence
Impotence manifests itself differently in different individuals. A man may find himself unable to achieve an erection at all, or may be able to achieve an erection, but only briefly. Commonly reported signs and symptoms of Propecia-induced impotence include:
- the inability to achieve an erection
- the inability to maintain an erection
In certain cases, impotence can be associated with health problems that have the potential to lead to adverse, potentially life-threatening complications. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience the new onset of, or recurrent symptoms of impotence.
Propecia Side Effects
In addition to being linked to impotence, Propecia has also been associated with the following serious side effects:
- less desire for sex
- erectile dysfunction
- 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
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Do You 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.