Propecia, (finasteride) was approved to treat male pattern hair loss in 1997. Since then, men have suffered from persistent erectile dysfunction. Recently, information about Propecia related side effects has drawn media attention. Nocturnal Penile Tumescence (NPT) testing is a diagnostic test which may be useful in establishing the diagnosis of erectile dysfunction.
Most men may experience an occasional inability to achieve an erection which is considered normal and not suggestive of permanent sexual dysfunction. In order to determine whether a man is suffering from a sporadic or permanent problem of erectile dysfunction, diagnostic testing is a must. It is important to learn whether erectile dysfunction stems from psychological or physiological factors. NPT testing is useful in both respects because it establishes whether a man experiences erections at night during sleep. Typically, men experience between 3 to 5 erections nightly.
NPT testing is comprised of two distinct parts. The first part utilizes a strain gauge which is an elastic device with two loops. One loop is placed around the base of the penis and the other around the tip or under the glans. Erections and changes in penile circumference at night are monitored and recorded. The second part uses a snap gauge with elastic bands to measure the rigidity of the penis during erections.
NPT testing can help determine whether erectile dysfunction is related to psychological factors or is physiological. Propecia use has been associated with a physiological condition of erectile dysfunction which can be long term or permanent.
If you or a loved one has suffered from erectile dysfunction while taking Propecia, compensation for medical expenses and permanent injury may be available. Many men in similar circumstances have filed lawsuits against Merck for failure to warn of the risk of permanent erectile dysfunction when using Propecia for male patterned baldness.
Propecia attorneys at Oracle Law Group are currently investigating cases against the drug manufacturer Merck for Propecia. If you or a loved one has experienced erectile dysfunction after taking Propecia, please contact one of our experienced dangerous drug attorneys. Our trained product liability attorneys can help you or your loved one recover compensation. Call today for a free consultation.