Propecia Side Effects
Lawsuits have been filed against Merck & Co. alleging serious Propecia side effects including Propecia sexual dysfunction and other Propecia side effects in men. Among allegations in the most recent Propecia lawsuit are that Propecia (Finasteride) can cause anxiety attacks and insomnia. Plaintiffs allege that Propecia long term side effects, such as the emotional symptoms, remain years after patients have stopped taking the medication. Some Propecia patients may be taking Proscar, which is a higher dose version of finasteride.
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Propecia LawsuitBoth in the US and in Canada, Propecia lawsuit s—or Proscar lawsuits have been filed. The Canada Proscar lawsuit alleges sexual dysfunction and was filed in British Columbia.
In the US, a lawsuit filed against Merck & Co. on behalf of men who have taken Propecia, also marketed under the brand name Proscar, alleges the medication has serious side effects including a risk of sexual dysfunction and mental and emotional difficulties. Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges, Merck failed to adequately warn users about those serious side effects, even after regulators in Europe demanded a stronger warning label, highlighting the risks of the drug.
A lawyer for the plaintiffs argues that Propecia's side effects, including sexual dysfunction, anxiety and insomnia, have a devastating impact on the men who used the medication. The lawyer also alleges that, contrary to Merck's claims, those side effects remain years after the men stop using the medication. Some men further allege they experienced difficulty breathing, loss of concentration and loss of memory.
Merck responded to the lawsuit saying that it would vigorously defend itself (as quoted in The Hartford Courant; 03/03/11).
Propecia FDA WarningIn June 2011 the FDA issued a warning that Propecia is linked to an increased risk of high-grade prostate cancer. That warning was based on a study involving Avodart and Proscar. Propecia has one-fifth the active ingredient as Proscar, leading the FDA to determine that Propecia should carry the same warning about the risk of high-grade prostate cancer. High-grade prostate cancer is a rare but more aggressive cancer than low-grade prostate cancer.
In July 2011, the FDA announced it was updating the Warnings and Precautions sections of Proscar labeling to reflect that patients could experience a reduced serum PSA concentration of approximately 50 percent within six months of beginning treatment. Furthermore, men aged 55 and older had an increased risk of high-grade prostate cancer and Proscar may decrease serum PSA in patients who have prostate cancer.
Propecia Side EffectsMeanwhile, a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that men who use Propecia may experience serious side effects including loss of libido and erectile dysfunction. The study examined medications that are used to treat problems linked to an enlarged prostate and that can also treat hair loss. Among those medications is Propecia. Researchers said men who take Propecia and similar drugs for hair loss or for urinary tract infections must use extreme caution because of the side effects, which can also include the development of breast tissue, or gynecomastia.
The review study, conducted by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine who examined data from clinical trials, found that 15 percent of men who used Propecia experienced sexual dysfunction including decreased libido and erectile dysfunction. That is compared to 7 percent of men who took a placebo and experienced sexual dysfunction. The clinical trials used in the review study examined patients who used Propecia for hair loss and those who used Propecia to treat an enlarged prostate.
Propecia (finasteride)Propecia (known generically as finasteride) is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to reduce hair loss in men and is also used to treat an enlarged prostate.
Propecia, manufactured and marketed by Merck, is currently distributed worldwide.
Propecia HelpIf you or a loved one has suffered from negative side effects such as erectile dysfunction, impotence, and nipple discharge, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a possible class action lawsuit. Please click the link below to submit your complaint and we will have a lawyer review your Propecia complaint.
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