Federal health regulators have warned that Merck’s best-selling hair loss drug Propecia (generic: finasteride) may cause long lasting sexual side effects such as impotence, erectile dysfunction, and ejaculation disorders. Recent studies indicate that these complications may continue for years, even after patients have discontinued treatment with the drug. Despite the overwhelming scientific evidence linking Propecia to sexual side effects, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to issue a recall for the drug.
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 Update 5/18/12: In an attempt to bring nationwide attention to the severe sexual complications caused by Propecia, a Las Vegas man has staked himself outside Merck’s headquarters in New Jersey. Kevin Malley, 30, began his self-proclaimed ‘hunger strike’ earlier this week, indicating that he had stopped eating on May 13 to protest Merck’s failure to acknowledge Propecia’s inherent dangers. 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.
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?
Propecia (generic: finasteride) is a prescription medication used alone or in combination with other drugs to treat male pattern hair loss, a common condition in which men have a gradual thinning of hair on the scalp which leads to a receding hairline or balding on the top of the head. Manufactured and marketed by Merck & Co., Propecia is in a class of medications called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors that work by blocking the body’s production of a male hormone that causes the prostate to enlarge. Although Propecia is designed to control male pattern baldness, it does not cure it, and it may take at least six months before any symptoms begin to improve. Additionally, Propecia has been increasingly associated with a large number of serious sexual side effects.
Which Sexual Side Effects Have Been Linked to Propecia?
The following sexual side effects have been reported in a large number of Propecia users:
- Difficulty achieving an erection (erectile dysfunction)
- Less desire for sex
- Decrease in the amount of semen
- Ejaculation disorders
- Testicular pain
- Genital shrinkage
- Penile Fibrosis (Payronie’s disease)
Merck reported the following statistics on Propecia sexual side effects:
- Impotence (1.1% to 18.5%)
- Abnormal ejaculation (7.2%)
- Decreased ejaculatory volume (0.9% to 2.8%)
- Abnormal sexual function (2.5%)
- Gynecomastia (2.2%)
- Erectile dysfunction (1.3%)
- Ejaculation disorder (1.2%)
According to the company, these complications should cease after discontinuing treatment with Propecia. “In clinical studies for Propecia, a small number of men experienced certain sexual side effects, such as less desire for sex, difficulty in achieving an erection, or a decrease in the amount of semen. Each of those side effects occurred in less than 2% of men and went away in men who stopped taking Propecia because of them.” However, recent studies suggest that this may not be entirely true.
In April 2011, a study published in the Los Angeles Times suggested that Propecia side effects can include a number of severe sexual problems which can potentially continue indefinitely after men stop using the product. The study, which involved male test subjects between the ages of 21 and 46 who used Propecia for an average of 28 months, found that sexual side effects lasted an average of 40 months after taking the drug. Of this group:
- 94% developed low libido
- 92% developed erectile dysfunction
- 92% developed decreased arousal
- 69% developed problems with orgasm
“The looming question for all the subjects is whether their sexual function will ever recover,” wrote the authors of the study, from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “Many of the study participants have developed anxiety and depression as a consequence of their sexual dysfunction and all reported a significantly decreased quality of life, especially with dating and intimacy.”
Other Propecia Side Effects
In addition to the risk of sexual side effects, Propecia has also been associated with:
- Male breast cancer
- Breast lumps
- Breast pain
- Nipple discharge
- Prostate cancer
- Memory loss
- Slurring of speech
- Dissociative states
- Body disfigurement
- Endocrine system failure
- Emotional & psychological trauma
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 You Have a Propecia Sexual Side Effects 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.