Pharmaceutical company Merck has been making headlines recently for their hair-loss drug Propecia (generic: Finasteride). Propecia works by significantly inhibiting the presence of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the scalp, which can lead to hair regrowth or at least halting further hair loss. DHT has been shown to decrease hair follicle size until the follicle no longer produces visible hair. In 1997, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Propecia for treatment of male pattern hair loss (MPHL) and benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Unfortunately, studies have shown that Propecia may lead to serious, sometimes irreversible, sexual side-effects in men who use the drug. In a study performed by George Washington University researchers and published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, 89% of men involved met the Arizona Sexual Experiences Scale (ASEX) for sexual dysfunction. These side effects included:
- Erectile dysfunction (impotence)
- Abnormal ejaculation
- Lower ejaculatory volume
- Abnormal sexual function
- Testicular pain
- Gynecomastia – the abnormal development of enlarged male breasts
During the study, these side-effects appeared to be permanent in a large majority of men who developed them. In addition, Propecia has also been linked to increase risk of male breast cancer and an increased risk of prostate cancer.
If you or a loved one has experience these side effects, call the experienced Arizona personal injury lawyers at Oracle Law Group Our expert personal injury attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call the Oracle Law Group today for a free consultation if you or a loved one have suffered from taking Propecia.