A new study has found that men who take finasteride, the active ingredient in Propecia, may experience severe sexual side effects for months or even years after they discontinue use of the medication.
Free Confidential 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 and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
April 17, 2017 – The study, which was published last month in PeerJ, found that of 15,634 men exposed to finasteride who had no prior sexual dysfunction, 699 (4.5%) developed new erectile dysfunction (ED) and 210 (24.3%) developed new low libido.
Of 11,909 finasteride users who had no previous sexual dysfunction, 167 (1.4%) developed persistent ED that lasted for at least 90 days (with a median of 1,348 days) after they quit the medication.
The drugs are sold under the brand names Propecia, Proscar and Avodart, and known generically as finasteride and dutasteride. A low dose is used to stop hair loss, while the higher dose treats symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
The study also found that younger men who took finasteride or dutasteride for more than 205 days had a 4.9-fold increased risk of persistent ED compared to men who used the medications for shorter durations.
In April 2012, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) ordered that all federal lawsuits filed over sexual side effects from Propecia be centralized for pretrial handling in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York. Plaintiffs allege they suffered from sexual problems — impotence, erectile dysfunction, ejaculation disorders and testicular pain — for months or even years after quitting the drug.
Before the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved finasteride in 1997 for use as a hair loss treatment, the drug was used to treat symptoms of an enlarged prostate. After it was approved, Propecia’s labeling warned of potential decreased libido and erectile dysfunction.
In 2012, FDA required labels of Propecia and Proscar to include a warning that sexual side effects from the drugs could potentially be permanent. The warning came in response to FDA’s review of hundreds of adverse event reports associated with the medications.
Do I Have a Propecia Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Propecia side effects lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new ED and cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, 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 a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.