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Propecia Victim Candid about Sexual Side Effects

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Montreal, QCPeter (not his real name) stopped taking Propecia after researching the hair loss medication’s side effects. “I got really upset with the manufacturer because my sexual dysfunction got worse after I quit the medication rather than go away as Merck claims,” says Peter. “That’s when I filed a Propecia claim.”

Peter Googled Propecia and was shocked at the results. He found a blog where another Propecia user described his permanent sexual problems, so Peter figured it was time to stop. Now he worries that it is too late...

“Around 2000, my friend mentioned that my hair was thinning in the back, something I never realized,” Peter says. “He told me that Propecia is helping his hair loss problem, just ask a dermatologist.” So Peter did just that. The dermatologist said he was a good candidate and there were “pretty much no side effects.” But that was 15 years ago.

“Only a month after I started Propecia I felt different,” Peter says.
“My libido wasn’t as high as it used to be. Back then, I was in my mid-30s and had a great girlfriend. But I didn’t dwell on it; in fact, it was rather a relief not to think about sex 24/7.”

Peter started having erection issues. Again, he didn’t give it much thought, but decided to stop taking the medication in 2012. “One month after I quit Propecia, everything went downhill. Erections were difficult to maintain and my libido was almost non-existent,” Peter explains. “I could go for a few months without wanting sex. And when we did have intercourse, it would last 30-40 minutes rather than five or 10 minutes because I couldn’t feel much.”

Peter’s GP gave him a prescription for Viagra but it didn't work: Peter was experiencing psychological, not physical, problems. Next up, he has an appointment to see an endocrinologist for possible testosterone treatment. Peter’s testosterone levels are low - he blames Propecia.

“I was surprised that my doctor didn’t know about Propecia’s long-term side effects. I told her it was even banned in some countries - she had no idea,” says Peter. “Neither did my girlfriend have any idea. We finally talked about my sexual problems and about this time I got severely depressed, thinking I might never again get an erection. We broke up shortly afterward. I wouldn’t recommend this drug to anyone, better to lose your hair.”

Peter filed a claim in Canada. Propecia lawsuits have also been filed in Canada, including two class actions - one in Ontario and another in British Columbia.

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