Propecia, a medication prescribed for treating male patterned baldness, may cause irreversible sexual side effects and impotency. Claims that these serious side effects of sexual dysfunction continued following the cessation of the medication has resulted in lawsuit filings against Merck & Co., the manufacturer of Propecia. In fact, in 2012 the Food and Drug Administration updated the warning label for Propecia, warning that the side effects of impotence, low libido, and difficulties achieving ejaculation and orgasm may continue after use of the medication has stopped. A 2012 medical study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine confirms that sexual dysfunction may persist for months or years after patients stop taking Propecia.
What Can be done to treat Propecia Sexual Problems?
Men may treat their erectile dysfunction with prescription medications, medication injections, medication suppositories, vacuum devices, and implant surgeries. Medication may provide temporary relief from erectile dysfunction. Drugs taken orally, such as Cialis and Viagra, are effective, but require sexual stimulation to work. Viagra has a four hour effective window and Cialis is longer acting. Alprostadil is an injectable medication that is injected into the base or shaft of the penis. This must be done each time an erection is desired. Alprostadil can also be delivered via a transurethral suppository, but the results are not as good. A mechanical vacuum device can also be inserted over the penis to create a vacuum around the penile shaft. This causes blood to flow into the penile shaft producing an erection. This vacuum must be used each time an erection is desired.
Some men elect to have surgery for penile implant insertion. One penile implant uses semi-flexible, polyurethane rods that are installed on both sides of the penile shaft. The rods must be manually manipulated by the man to cause an erection. The second type involves inflatable chambers that are attached to a pump implanted in the scrotum. This inflatable pump is inflated by the man before intercourse. The chambers hold a pressurized fluid. Penile implants require surgery and can be expensive. The medications, Viagra and Cialis are also costly.
Persistent Propecia sexual side effects cause shame in a man. Erectile dysfunction can have a severe impact on a man’s relationships and self-esteem. Permanent erectile dysfunction side effects can make a man question his sexuality. Treatment options can provide relief, but are a small consolation to those suffering from the disorder. Sexual injury can have a life-altering impact on victims and their families. There have been reports of broken marriages, job loss, and suicides. 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. Propecia attorneys at Oracle Law Group are currently investigating cases against the drug manufacturer Merck & Co for Propecia. Oracle Law Group has experienced personal injury attorneys with over 28 years of experience in representing people injured from unsafe products. If you or a loved one has taken Propecia, please contact one of our experienced dangerous drug attorneys for a free consultation.