Propecia lawsuits are on the rise nationwide, with an increasing number of plaintiffs suing manufacturer Merck over Propecia sexual side effects including testicular pain. The plaintiffs in these cases are seeking both compensatory and punitive damages against Merck, stating that the company did not adequately warn patients and doctors about the risk of these potentially-irreversible complications. Signs and symptoms of Propecia-induced testicular pain may include swelling or tenderness of the testicles and scrotum, nausea, vomiting, fever, painful urination, and pain during sexual intercourse.
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?
The use of Propecia (generic: finasteride) has been linked to severe testicular pain, depression and loss of libido in a review of existing studies. In a large number of cases, these symptoms persisted even after users discontinued treatment with Propecia.
For those men, “it’s a life sentence,” said Abdulmaged M. Traish, a leading researcher on Propecia side effects. “No sex. No desire. Potential depression.” Almost everyone who takes these drugs experiences some of these side effects, Traish said. “But, some experience it more drastically than others,” he added.
Testicular Pain Overview
Testicular pain is an unpleasant sensation that occurs in or around one or both testicles. In some cases, the pain starts somewhere else in the groin or abdomen, and radiates into the testicles. The testicles, or testes, are two male reproductive glands that produce sperm. These glands are extremely sensitive and even minor injuries can cause severe pain or discomfort. If left untreated, Propecia-induced testicular pain may lead to infertility, erectile dysfunction, severe or chronic pain, or cause tissue death that may make removal of the testicle necessary.
Signs & Symptoms of Testicular Pain
Testicular pain may be accompanied by the following signs and symptoms:
- swelling, tenderness, or redness of the testicles and scrotum
- painful urination
- penile discharge
- pain during sexual intercourse
- pain with ejaculation
- blood in the urine or semen
Treatment & Prognosis (Outlook)
Individuals suffering from any form of testicular pain should seek immediate medical care. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) may help in providing temporary pain relief.
The long-term outlook for individuals with testicular pain depends on the underlying cause of the condition. For patients with Propecia-induced testicular trauma, the prognosis depends on the amount of hormonal damage incurred and the extent of the initial injury. Though most patients will recover without long-term sequelae, others may experience loss of the testicle or permanent damage to the testicle.
Propecia Side Effects
In addition to having the potential to cause severe testicular pain, Propecia has also been linked to the following serious side effects:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Genital shrinkage
- Penile fibrosis (Peyronie’s disease)
- Less desire for sex
- Ejaculation disorders
- Decrease in the amount of semen
- Body disfigurement
- Endocrine system failure
- Male breast cancer
- Breast lumps
- Breast pain
- Nipple discharge
- Prostate cancer
- Memory loss
- Slurring of speech
- Dissociative states
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Do You Have a Propecia Testicular Pain 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.