The hair loss drug Propecia is commonly used to treat male pattern baldness, a condition characterized by thinning hair on the scalp. Male pattern baldness is a common condition affecting men, and often results in a receding hairline and/or balding on the top of the head. Propecia typically begins to work within three months of beginning treatment, and, in general, can prevent further hair loss and promote some growth of new hair. Unfortunately, the new hair that is grown will only last for one year after Propecia use has stopped, and the potentially associated sexual dysfunction side effects may persist for years.
Although hair loss studies have exhibited the potential success of Propecia in stimulating hair regrowth in men experiencing male pattern baldness, this benefit may come at a serious cost. Mounting evidence suggests that men who take Propecia to treat hair loss may put themselves at risk of suffering from major permanent sexual dysfunction side effects that may actually be irreversible. Among these potential Propecia side effects are:
In December 2008, the Swedish Medical Products agency concluded a safety investigation of finasteride and indicated that the medication may result in irreversible sexual dysfunction. Drug regulators in other countries, including Italy and the UK, have received reports from Propecia users suggesting that erectile dysfunction and other sexual side effects of Propecia may persist once use of the medication has been stopped. In 2011, the Journal of Sexual Medicine published a shocking Propecia side effect study, in which researchers observed 71 otherwise healthy males aged 21 to 46, who reported the new onset of serious Propecia-related sexual side effects, in which the symptoms lasted for at least three months even after use of the hair loss drug was terminated. According to the report, 94% of the men taking Propecia experienced low libido, 92% suffered from decreased arousal, 92% suffered from erectile dysfunction, and 69% developed problems with orgasm.
The most serious factor surrounding Propecia side effects is that, in many cases, the sexual dysfunction effects are permanent. If you or a loved one has suffered from an adverse sexual side effect which you believe to be caused by Propecia, contact a Propecia attorney immediately. You may have grounds to file a Propecia lawsuit against Merck & Co in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. You are not at fault for any serious injuries caused by a dangerous pharmaceutical drug, and you should not be held accountable for the resulting consequences. The main goal of Propecia lawyers is to help injured victims protect their legal rights and collect the reimbursement they are entitled to. By hiring a qualified Propecia lawyer to represent your case, you can protect yourself from further harm and bring public attention to the potentially life changing hair loss drug, Propecia.