Were you diagnosed with cancer, sexual side effects or gynecomastia after taking Proscar (generic: finasteride)? This drug, which is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), has allegedly been linked to these and other serious side effects, which may not have been properly disclosed by the manufacturer. If you’ve been injured by Proscar, and you’re interested in filing a class action lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries, our lawyers can help.
Free Proscar Class Action Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by the side effects of Proscar, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against Merck & Co. and we can help.
Proscar Sexual Side Effects
The finasteride contained in Proscar has been linked to sexual side effects. Although Merck has included decreased sexual desire and erectile dysfunction (ED) on the drug’s labeling, the company may have mislead consumers into believing that these problems would go away after quitting the drug. Studies have shown that Proscar sexual side effects could persist for months or years, even after discontinuing treatment with the drug. These side effects may include:
- less desire for sex
- erectile dysfunction
- decrease in semen produced
- ejaculation disorders
- testicular pain
- genital shrinkage
- penile fibrosis (Payronie’s Disease)
Proscar and Cancer
Proscar has also been linked to high-grade prostate cancer, an aggressive form of the disease. In June 2011, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about this problem, stating that it was requiring finasteride-containing drugs to have their labeling updated with information about the cancer risk. Symptoms of Proscar prostate cancer may include:
- blood in the urine or semen
- bone pain
- difficulty urinating
- leg swelling
- discomfort in the pelvic areas
- decreased force in the stream of the urine
Although the cancer warning only pertained to tumors in the prostate gland, Proscar has also recently been linked to male breast cancer, a disease whose symptoms include:
- breast lumps or pain
- nipple discharge
- breast enlargement
Proscar curbs the effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by suppressing it. This throws men’s hormone levels off balance, which may result in the abnormal enlargement of male breast tissue (gynecomastia). The condition is typically symmetrical in reference to the nipple, and usually occurs on both sides. Tenderness and sensitivity may be present, although there is usually no severe pain.
About Proscar Class Action Lawsuits
Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of a Proscar Class Action suit and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of individuals and/or their family members that have been injured after taking Proscar.
A class action is a type of lawsuit filed with the court on behalf of large group of people or “class” of individuals that have been injured or wronged. The class is represented by the law firm and the case is generally decided upon a single member of the class who is sometimes referred to as the “class representative or class rep.”
Why Our Law Firm Is Filing Individual Lawsuits Opposed To a Class Action
In some instances, a class action may offer some advantages, as they aggregate a large number of individualized claims into one representational lawsuit. The aggregation can increase the efficiency of the legal process, lower the costs of litigation and in some cases offer the solution to a common problem wherein small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual or law firm to file an individual lawsuit.
However, a class action suit can also be a detriment to many class members, as they are often forced into a blanket “low ball settlement” and higher attorney fees. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP we understand that our clients are suffering emotionally and economically due to loss of wages and/or high medical bills and we plan to maximize each client’s recovery by filing individual Proscar Lawsuits on their behalf.
Do I Have a Proscar 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 Proscar Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new sexual side effects, cancer and gynecomastia cases in all 50 states.
Free Proscar Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by Proscar side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Proscar Suit and we can help.