This year, the United States Food and Drug Administration, (“FDA”) increased the warnings for the drugs Propecia and Proscar. Propecia drug labels now warn of potential sexual dysfunction after stopping the drug. Proscar’s label will include a warning of decreased libido. These increased warnings follow an increase in reports of men experiencing erectile dysfunction after treatment with Propecia and Proscar.
Propecia was approved for the treatment of male pattern baldness by the FDA in 1997 and Proscar was approved in 1992 for symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) which is an enlarged prostate. Although medicine has not established a clear causal link between Finasteride (Propecia and Proscar) and sexual dysfunction, the FDA’s initiative signals that there are more reports of irreversible sexual dysfunction than first reported. Men and their physicians should be aware of these sexual side effects before commencing treatment with the drugs.
In fact this year, a non-profit foundation was established to research post-finasteride syndrome (PFS) and increase public awareness. The Foundation was established with private grant money from families in Canada, Switzerland, and the United States. PFS is characterized by sexual, neurological, hormonal, and psychological side effects that continue after men terminated treatment for hair loss or enlarged prostates with the medications Propecia and Proscar. Symptoms of PFS may include erectile dysfunction, severe depression, and cognitive impairment, loss of libido, impotence, penile shrinkage, and gynecomastia.
Sexual dysfunction can have a life-altering impact on victims and their families. Many men who took Propecia were unaware of the drug’s side effects because the drug manufacturer Merck may have led them to believe that any sexual side effect was only temporary. Recent studies suggest that serious side effects of sexual dysfunction can continue for months and years. Propecia attorneys at the Oracle Law Group are currently investigating cases against the drug manufacturer Merck for Propecia and Proscar. If you or a loved one has experienced side effects after taking Propecia or Proscar, please contact one of our experienced dangerous drug attorneys.