It seems the risk of long-term sexual side effects associated with Merck’s popular hair loss treatment Propecia (generic: finasteride) continues to be a controversial topic among both the public and medical communities at large. At last month’s World Meeting on Sexual Medicine, Propecia’s potential complications were discussed by medical experts from around the world, who focused on how long certain side effects like impotence and loss of libido may persist after users discontinue treatment with the drug. Just the fact that Propecia became such an energetic topic of discussion at the prestigious meeting illustrates how concerns over the drug have been elevated, and that there is still no consensus on what should be done for men who are suffering from its side effects.
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What’s the problem?
Manufactured and marketed by pharmaceutical giant Merck, Propecia is a widely-prescribed medication designed to help restore natural hair loss that occurs in some men. Unfortunately, over the past several years, Propecia has been increasingly linked to a large number of sexual side effects including erectile dysfunction (ED), decreased libido, genital shrinkage, and severe cognitive problems. As a consequence, men suffering from these conditions have gone on to experience profound psychological side effects, and in the most severe cases, suicidal thoughts and ideation.
In April, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) required Merck to update Propecia warning labels to include information about the risk of persistent sexual side effects. Prior to the updated warning, Merck resisted making any claims that Propecia’s sexual complications were permanent, despite changing the labels in European countries with verbiage indicating that certain users had experienced long-term problems, even after they quit taking the drug.
A study published in the Los Angeles Times in April 2011 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.”
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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.
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