Propecia and its Side Effects

Propecia (finasteride) belongs to a class of medications called 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors.   Taken in pill form, Propecia is a prescription drug used to treat hair loss due to male pattern baldness by targeting dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT, a hormone that some men are more genetically susceptible to, shortens the growth phase of the hair cycle and causes a miniaturization of the follicles (healthy hair being replaced by thinner, finer hair). Proscar, in 5 mg doses, was the first finasteride-based medication manufactured by Merck & Co., Inc., in 1991 to treat enlarged prostates.  Then, in 1997, after improvements in patients suffering from male pattern baldness were noted, Propecia, in 1 mg doses, became the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)- approved drug to treat hair loss in men.  While clinical studies clearly show that men undertaking Propecia hair loss treatment have stopped hair loss, and that some men have even re-grown hair, permanent side affects have been reported.

Permanent Sexual Dysfunction

The FDA reports that 421 claims of sexual dysfunction were reported to their Adverse Events Reporting System (AERS) between 1998-2011. Of those claims, 59 reported dysfunction lasting longer than three months after medication was stopped. While Merck has included erectile dysfuntion, low libido, and difficulty obtaining orgasm on Propecia’a labeling, it failed to adequately warn patients and the medical community of its drug’s tendency to cause permanent dysfunction. European regulators forced Merck to highlight these risks in 2008; yet, until 2012, Merck’s labeling in the United States did not address its propensity for long-term sexual side effects.  Finally, in April 2012, the FDA, amidst continuing claims, required Merck to post new warning labels.

Have You Been Affected by Propecia?

Any individual or the relative of an individual who has suffered due to Propecia’s side effects is permitted to file a lawsuit.  The lawyers can help you determine whether you are qualified to seek compensation. You may be eligible to seek reimbursement for medical expenses, compensation for pain and suffering, and punitive damages (compensation granted for losses suffered).

Different states have different legislation regarding medical lawsuits, so it is essential to hire an experienced and effective lawyer who can file the case. If you need further information about the harmful side effects of Propecia or legal advice concerning personal injury matters, you are invited to contact us or to fill out the form on this website for a free case evaluation.

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