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MEDICAL STUDY LINKS DEPRESSION TO PROPECIA USE

A medical study published in August 2012 in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry links depression to post Propecia use in men. Dr. Michael Irwig of George Washington University published a study which found moderate to severe depressive symptoms in 64% of former Propecia users as compared to minimal reports in the control group. Dr. Irwig reported that among a group of males who had taken Propecia and developed persistent sexual dysfunction of at least 3 month duration, 75% reported symptoms of depression and only 10% complained of depression in the control group who never had taken Propecia.

Propecia is a medication widely used in the 1990’s for the treatment of male patterned baldness. Propecia is manufactured by Merck & Co. Persistent erectile dysfunction, persistent sexual dysfunction, orgasm disorders, ejaculation disorders, and decreased libido have been reported side effects following Propecia use. Emerging evidence that in some men these adverse symptoms persisted prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to include these warnings in the drug’s labeling in April 2012.

Recent medical studies suggested a link between Propecia, a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor, and depression. The Irwig study compared a group of 61 men with post Propecia sexual dysfunction symptoms with 29 men with hair loss that did not take Propecia. None had prior psychiatric conditions. The depression inventory mean scores were 23.67 among the Propecia users and 5.93 among the non-users. 39% of Propecia users reported suicidal thoughts as compared to one report in the control group of non-users. There is little published medical literature about sexual dysfunction depression in young men. Most medical studies involve older men with sexual dysfunction.

Propecia sexual side effects may be irreversible. If you or a loved one has taken Propecia and experienced sexual side effects, contact Oracle Law Group for a free consultation. Oracle Law Group has experienced personal injury attorneys with years of experience representing people injured by unsafe products. Call today!

Irwig M, et al “Depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts among former users of finasteride with persistent sexual side effects” J Clin Psychiatry 2012; DOI: 10.4088/JCP.12m07887.