“I was losing my hair so my doctor recommended that I take Propecia,” says Paul (not his real name). Just about one month after taking this hair loss medication I felt some effects, but they weren’t the changes I wanted.”
Paul, age 38, had started a relationship around the same time that the Propecia sexual dysfunction effects began kicking in. “I started seeing this great girl and there was no reason I should have had any problems with arousal; there was a big problem in that regard,” says Paul. Unfortunately, their relationship ended, which caused Paul to sink into depression: he had never before experienced any mental health issues.
“I read on the Propecia label that erectile dysfunction is a temporary side effect but it didn’t go away. And my hair didn’t come back either,” adds Paul.
“I read about these idiotic studies with placebo groups and focus groups that said the side effects would go away. What a lie.”Paul believes these so-called studies and focus groups have been part of [Merck’s] selling and marketing tactics.
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Paul says that an attorney called him yesterday and he is hopeful Merck will compensate him for almost ruining his life. He certainly isn’t the only man who has linked depression with the hair loss drug. A wrongful death lawsuit has also been filed against the drugmaker: John’s family blames his suicide on Propecia dysfunction.