Merck’s controversial hair loss drug Propecia (generic: finasteride) has been linked to penile fibrosis, a serious sexual disorder which is also known as Peyronie’s disease. This condition can cause severe genital malformation, as well as persistent urological problems. Signs and symptoms of Propecia-induced penile fibrosis may include excessive curvature of the penis, pain during intercourse, erectile dysfunction, indentations in the penis, and genital shrinkage.
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?
If you were offered a drug that could stop your hair loss but put you at risk of developing persistent sexual side effects, would you take it? That’s the risk users of Propecia face. Merck claims that only about 2% of men will suffer a sexual side effect after taking Propecia, and that most of these men will return to normal once they discontinue treatment with the drug. However, it has been found that many men do not return to normal, and have been left with permanent sexual side effects such as penile fibrosis.
Penile Fibrosis Overview
Penile fibrosis is a severe connective tissue disorder characterized by the development of fibrous plaques on surrounding fascial layers of the adult male penis. Men with this condition may experience pain, have cord-like lesions on the penis, and exhibit abnormal curvature of the penis when erect. In severe cases of penile fibrosis, sexual intercourse may be impossible unless the condition is treated.
In addition to being referred to as ‘penile fibrosis’ and ‘Peyronie’s disease,’ the condition is also known in clinical settings as:
- Indurato penis plastica
- Penile fibrosis
- Penile fibromatosis
- Penile induration
- Chronic cavernositis
- Fibrous sclerosis of the penis
- Fibrous cavernositis
- Fibrous plaques of the penis
Signs and Symptoms of Penile Fibrosis
Telltale symptoms of Propecia-induced penile fibrosis may include:
- Penis inflammation
- Penis scar
- Penis lump
- Bent penis
- Painful erections
- Bending penis during erections
- Sexual difficulty
- Penis pain
Treatment & Prognosis (Outlook)
Individuals suffering from Propecia-induced penile fibrosis may explore a number of different treatment options. Always seek professional medical advice before initiating any of the following treatment plans:
- Watchful waiting – some cases of Propecia penile fibrosis may resolve and others are mild enough to not require treatment.
- Nesbit procedure (surgery)
- Surgical grafting
- Penile implants
- Local corticosteroid injections
- Local ultrasound treatment
In many cases, penile fibrosis may be a self-limiting condition. Pain usually disappears over time, plaque formation stops and the erection deformity stabilizes. Most men with mild cases of Propecia-induced Peyronie’s disease are eventually able to have fulfilling sex lives and mutual enjoyment with their partners.
Propecia Side Effects
In addition to having the potential to cause penile fibrosis, Propecia has also been linked to the following serious side effects:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Genital shrinkage
- Less desire for sex
- Decrease in the amount of semen
- Ejaculation disorders
- 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
- Emotional and psychological trauma
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Do You Have a Propecia Penile Fibrosis 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.