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Propecia Sexual Dysfunction Gives Rise to Establishment of Foundation

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Somerset, NJIf there was ever any doubt that Propecia finasteride can foster sexual dysfunction and loss of libido in men, that doubt should be dashed by the establishment in 2012 of a foundation dedicated to conducting learned research in what is now referenced as Post-Finasteride Syndrome (PFS), with a view to further understanding what triggers Propecia sexual dysfunction and ways in which it could be avoided.

When finasteride was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1977 and marketed under the brand names Propecia and Proscar by Merck & Co., it was the first major advancement in the prevention of hair loss and male pattern baldness in some time. Men rushed to embrace the product, which was found to effectively stimulate hair growth.

However, Propecia impotence is something that men did not bargain for. It’s also a Catch 22 of sorts, in that most men whose hair begins to thin in middle age or later in life will also have arrived at a time in their lives when sexual potency is not quite as important as it may have been when they were younger.

Conversely, for young men who begin to experience hair loss at a young age, the adoption of drugs such as Proscar and Propecia can have a devastating effect on libido at a time of life when sexual function is important to a man’s identity, and equally important to a partner.

Many a Propecia lawsuit - and there are hundreds - allege that consumers were not aware that when they turned to finasteride for Propecia help, they risked the potential for impotence. What’s more, in many cases normal sexual function failed to return when the medication was stopped.

The FDA, on April 11, 2012, mandated a label change for Propecia to reflect the potential for sexual dysfunction. According to The Post-Finasteride Syndrome Foundation (PFSF), 14 percent of the 421 Propecia impotence cases reviewed by the health regulator experienced Propecia sexual dysfunction that lasted longer than three months, once the medication was stopped.

In rare cases, normal sexual function does not return at all.

The PFSF was established just a few months after the FDA label change, in July 2012, as a 501(c)(3) organization and funded by private grants from families. Not more than a year later, on August 21, 2013, the organization announced funding for a second clinical study on PFS, to be conducted by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine.

The research, according to a press release distributed by the PFSF, attempts to uncover the mysteries as to why “potentially thousands of men have persistent [Propecia] sexual dysfunction after quitting finasteride.”

The funding announcement came barely a month after a similar announcement for what was hailed as the organization’s first clinical study, to be conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

“Reported symptoms include loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease, penile shrinkage, gynecomastia, muscle atrophy, cognitive impairment, severely dry skin, and depression,” states a summary posted on the PFSF website. “The condition often has a life-altering impact on victims and their families, such as job loss and the breakup of marriages and romantic relationships, while also being linked to suicides.”

One can’t help but wonder if these Propecia side effects in men surfaced during clinical trials, before Propecia was approved.

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I was prescribed Proscar, (the generic form FINASTERIDE due to insurance coverage), by my primary physician around May/June of 2011 due to BPH and hair loss.
Within the first month, I found I suddenly was having sexual problems. I had NEVER had ANY sexual problems of any kind before. I couldn't figure out how or why this was suddenly happening to me.
Needless to say, it was terribly frustrating and unbearably embarrassing to me, especially without any explanation at all to my partners that made any sense. This strained my relationships, and created an insurmountable fear when it was time for a sexual encounter. The only thing I was doing differently was taking the new prescription for Proscar called Finasteride. I told my physician about what was going on and asked her if it was OK to Stop the medication immediately, and she said it was OK if I wanted to.
I scheduled an appointment with my Dr and spoke about my problems in depth to her and and other doctors, but none of them had any explanation or idea except that I was suddenly suffering from some form of ED!
I had heard something about Propecia, Proscar and Finasteride and Men having problems, but my primary said if it had anything to do with it, everything should return to normal very soon, and she dismissed it.
However it hasn't. I still have ejaculation and erection problems since then that have never lessened, slowed, or ceased. Since then, I have not been able to maintain a complete relationship, and unfortunately am alone to this day.
I heard someone mention about problems from these medications recently, so I decided to look it up on the internet. This is why I'm contacting you at this time.
Please Help! My life as I knew it ended with the use of this prescribed medication...

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As a middle aged man I started taking propecia and due to the cost later switched to finasteride which is the same compound. Shortly after beginning this (and I was told this might happen) I began to see a reduction in my ability to achieve a full erection. I was not impotent but I could tell a difference and was assured that discontinuing the drug would end the side effects. Well, after about 7 years I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I immediately stopped taking the compound and about 8 months later I underwent surgery to remove my prostate. During that period I noted that my erectile problems did not improve at all; obviously a result having used finasteride for years. I also believe it ultimately led to my cancer, which has now left me completely impotent. I filed with a firm about 2 years ago and God only knows if and when there'll ever be a settlement... I am only 62 now and in otherwise almost perfect health for a man my age. I feel deprived and greatly wronged as I most certainly would have been sexually active for many years to come had I not taken this drug. Merck owes me something and I doubt it may ever be enough compensation. It's as if they caused a part of me to die prematurely, like being handicapped and incurable... I can only hope that the firm I engaged gets justice for me.

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finasteride side effects being reported to health agencies are loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, orgasm disorders, depression, Peyronie’s disease and abnormal breast enlargement. Unfortunately for some men, such side effects can persist for months I have all of the above.

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