Men shouldn’t have to choose between going bald and losing their sexual vitality. Unfortunately, Merck’s blockbuster hair loss treatment Propecia (generic: finasteride) has recently been linked to a number of serious sexual side effects including impotence, erectile dysfunction, testicular pain and genital shrinkage. Making matters worse, a growing number of former Propecia users have also been diagnosed with male breast cancer, prostate cancer, and severe body disfigurement. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP, we are passionate about helping the large number of otherwise healthy men who have suffered from any of the serious physical, mental, or sexual side effects that have been increasingly associated with Propecia.
Propecia Lawsuit Update 4/16/12: The Federal Propecia litigation has been centralized before U.S. District Judge John Gleeson in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The move to consolidate the cases was largely based on Merck’s decision to update Propecia’s warning label to include new information about the risk of persistent sexual side effects. All of the claims involve similar allegations that Merck failed to adequately warn the public that Propecia could cause serious and potentially-irreversible sexual complications.
Propecia Warning Update 4/12/12: The FDA issued a press release today announcing that Propecia and Proscar warning labels will be updated to include new information about persistent sexual side effects. The action came following the administration’s review of hundreds of Adverse Event Reports involving the drugs. The new warning labels will include information about libido, orgasm, and ejaculation disorders that persist even after patients discontinue treatment with the drugs.
Propecia Lawsuit Update 2/16/12: More than 50 former Propecia and Proscar users have joined a lawsuit against Merck & Co. for failing to warn the public about the serious health risks associated with its best-selling drugs. The suit claims that the medications cause an “increased risk of persistent and/or serious and dangerous side effects.” The complaint alleges these complications can continue even after the patient discontinues treatment with the drugs.
Propecia Update 2/7/12: Merck Pulls Content Off Propecia.com – The controversy surrounding Propecia has apparently led Merck to yank its content off the company’s website. Although Merck has offered no official explanation for the action, many legal experts believe it may have been prompted by the growing number of Propecia sexual side effects lawsuits that have been filed in courthouses around the country. The complaints allege that Merck knew – or should have known – about the potential for these types of complications, and that it failed to adequately warn consumers of these inherent risks.
Free Confidential Case Review: If you or a loved one has been injured by Propecia, you should contact us as soon as possible for a free confidential review of your potential case.
Marketed and manufactured by Merck, Propecia is male pattern baldness drug that works by significantly inhibiting dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – a key cause of hair loss – in a patient’s scalp. DHT is a substance in the body that can shrink the hair follicle until it no longer produces visible hair. Reducing DHT appears to inhibit the further shrinking of affected hair follicles. Propecia was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1997 for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and male pattern baldness (MPB).
After it was first approved by the FDA, Merck marketed Propecia with the angle that men who were losing their hair were also losing their sex appeal. The company made the pitch that by using the drug to replace hair loss, users would regain their attractiveness and youthful appearance. It’s hard to say how many men were reeled in by this tactic, but Propecia’s sales figures have been consistently huge for Merck.
Propecia Side Effects
The following side effects have been reported in a large number of Propecia users:
- difficulty in achieving an erection (erectile dysfunction)
- less desire for sex
- decrease in semen volume
- ejaculation disorders
- testicular pain
- male breast cancer
- prostate cancer
- genital shrinkage
- penile fibrosis (Payronie’s Disease)
- body disfigurement
- endocrine system failure
- psychological and emotional trauma
Propecia Sexual Side Effects Study
Unfortunately, Propecia interferes with male hormones, including testosterone derivatives. A number of men have reported experiencing unexplained sexual side effects after using Propecia. Even when they stop using the drug, many men have reported that these Propecia side effects continue.
A recent study conducted at the Center for Andrology and Division of Endocrinology at George Washington University examined the long-term sexual side effects experienced by a number of Propecia users. The study involved 71 healthy men between the ages of 21-46 that suffered from sexual side effects lasting at least three months, despite stopping their use of Propecia. Of these:
- 94% developed low libido
- 92% developed erectile dysfunction
- 92% developed decreased arousal
- 69% developed problems with orgasm
“This is the first trial to show the medication can cause persistent sexual side effects,” says Michael Irwig, co-author of the study. “And the risk needs to be known when men are contemplating taking the medication and doctors are prescribing the medication.”
Propecia Suicide Warning
In 2011, a 22-year-old man committed suicide after taking Propecia and suffering from persistent sexual dysfunction. Do not let the depression and emotional difficulties associated with Propecia-induced sexual side effects ruin your life. We can help and offer a Free CONFIDENTIAL Case Review.
Propecia Male Breast Cancer
Like breast cancer in women, cancer of the male breast involves uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the breast tissue. Male breast cancer symptoms vary widely from patient to patient, and many breast cancers have no obvious symptoms at all. However, commonly reported signs and symptoms of Propecia-induced male breast cancer include:
- breast lump located just below the nipple
- ulceration of the skin
- puckering, dimpling, redness or scaling of the nipple
- nipple retraction (turning inward)
Propecia Prostate Cancer
On June 13, 2011, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that its review of the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial (PCPT) demonstrated an increased incidence of high-grade prostate cancer with Propecia and other similar medications. The results of the PCPT showed that men on finasteride (Propecia and Proscar) had a 61% increased incidence of the severe, ‘GS 8-10’ prostate cancers. Symptoms of Propecia-induced high-grade prostate cancer include:
- trouble urinating
- decreased force in the stream of urine
- blood in the urine
- blood in the semen
- swelling in the legs
- discomfort in the pelvic area
- bone pain
Propecia Class Action Lawsuit
A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Merck & Co., Inc. for failing to fully disclose the serious side effects of Propecia. The claim seeks compensation on behalf of a group of men who have taken Propecia and suffered from severe sexual and mental side effects. The lawsuit claims that Merck failed to fully disclose the side effects of Propecia, which resulted in needless suffering and permanent loss of sexual desire for the victims.
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