Propecia (finasteride) is a widely prescribed drug used for the treatment of male pattern baldness. The drug has been linked to severe and potentially irreversible sexual side effects. Side effects from Propecia use include erectile dysfunction and loss of sexual desire.
Finasteride was first approved by the FDA in 1992 under the brand name Proscar (5mg) for the treatment of enlargement of the prostate (Benign Prostate Hyperplasia – BPH). The FDA approved Propecia (1mg) in 1997 for the treatment of male pattern hair loss. Propecia works by affecting the hormone system that controls hair loss. This same hormone system that Propecia affects also controls a person’s mental and sexual functions.
Clinical studies of finasteride, including the FDA clinical trials for Propecia, demonstrate that a percentage of men may experience sexual side effects from the use of Propecia. The side effects linked to Propecia include decreased libido, decreased ejaculate volume, erectile dysfunction, and impotence. Some men taking Propecia also report psychiatric conditions including depression, “brain fog”, and cognitive dysfunction.
Propecia side effects may be permanent
The most alarming factor surrounding the side effects linked to Propecia are indications that the sexual dysfunctions are irreversible. Many of the men who reported erectile dysfunction, impotence, and loss of libido while taking Propecia continued to have these complications from Propecia years after discontinuing use of finasteride.
Permanent loss of libido or impotence resulting from the use of Propecia is especially devastating to young men who wish to become fathers. Younger patients who are suffering sexual side effects from Propecia treatments are unable to produce children without invasive medical procedures.
Do you a claim related to side effects from Propecia use?
Several law firms have filed a class action against the manufacturer of Propecia on behalf of men who have taken Propecia and are experiencing side effects such as erectile dysfunction linked to Propecia treatments. The lawsuit contends that the maker of Propecia failed to fully disclose the nature of the serious sexual side effects that may be caused by taking finasteride (Propecia). Although the Propecia labels did indicate a risk of sexual side effects from taking Propecia, the labels stated that the side effects “went away in men who stopped taking Propecia because [of the side effects].” Many who have stopped taking Propecia continue to report sexual dysfunction such as erectile dysfunction and impotence months and years after stopping use of Propecia.
If you or a loved one has taken Propecia and has experienced erectile dysfunction side effects or a loss of libido, you may be eligible for financial compensation. You owe it to yourself to speak with an experienced Propecia Lawsuit attorney and find out about your rights. Contact us for your Free Propecia Case Review.