Propecia lawsuits for sexual and erectile dysfunction, permanent impotence, and loss of sex drive are being filed. Call our attorenys discuss your claim if you have been affected by these side effects.
The adverse sexual side effects that researchers believe may be linked to the use of Propecia in men could significantly affect the quality of life of some patients. Unfortunately, researchers have been unable to determine exactly why these sexual side effect occur in some Propecia users, although they have reported that the side effects persisted in many men even after use of the medication was discontinued. Because of this significant side effect risk, experts have advised physicians to take the time to inform their patients about the irreversible side effects possibly linked to Propecia, and to suggest alternative treatments when appropriate. If you have been adversely affected by the pharmaceutical drug Propecia, consult our skilled attorneys at Oklahoma Legal Center for legal help.
Propecia (finasteride) is a prescription medication belonging to a class of drugs called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, and is commonly used to treat men struggling with male pattern baldness. Finasteride was originally approved by the FDA in 1992 as Proscar, a drug used to treat enlarged prostate in patients, and was then approved as the hair loss drug Propecia in 1997. Propecia is currently manufactured by drug firm Merck & Co. and has shown success in stimulating hair regrowth in men experiencing male pattern baldness.
Propecia and Potential Side Effects
According to Propecia studies, men who use the male pattern baldness drug may suffer from one or more sexual dysfunction side effects. Among these potential side effects are:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Permanent sexual dysfunction
- Loss of sexual drive
- Reduced semen production
One of the most revealing studies was published by the Journal of Sexual Medicine in 2011. Researchers involved in the study observed 71 otherwise healthy men between the ages of 21 and 26 who used Propecia to treat their male pattern baldness and subsequently experienced adverse sexual side effects. According to the results, 69% of the men developed problems with orgasm, 92% suffered from decreased arousal, 92% developed erectile dysfunction, and 94% experienced low libido. In each case, these sexual side effects lasted for at least three months and continued even after the use of Propecia was terminated.
Consult Our Lawyers for Legal Help
Mounting evidence suggests that 5-23% of men who use Propecia may suffer from impotence and lower sex drives as a result of taking the hair loss drug. Unfortunately, many of these adverse sexual side effects are irreversible. If you or a loved one has suffered from a serious side effect, which you believe to be connected to Propecia, don’t hesitate to protect your legal rights. Contact our reputable attorneys at Oklahoma Legal Center today to explore your compensation options. You may be entitled to reimbursement for your injuries, medical bills and pain and suffering, which you can pursue by filing a Propecia lawsuit against Merck & Co.