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Propecia Still Popular despite Dangers

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Springfield, ILDespite more than 1,000 Propecia lawsuits filed against Merck, and mounting evidence that Propecia sexual complications can be permanent, the hair loss drug is one of the biggest sellers for many Internet pharmacies.

If a doctor isn’t consulted first, the hair loss drug can be dangerous - some pharmacies are less scrupulous than others. Tony Sanders, spokesman for the
Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation, said an assistant attorney general who was pregnant was able to obtain Propecia (which is dangerous for pregnant women), which led to one of several lawsuits against online drugstores. “Drugs [such as Viagra and Propecia] are in such high demand that people are willing to risk their health to get them,” Sanders said. (Four drugstores sued for allegedly distributing without Illinois licenses are Mdhealthline.com, Rxclinic.com, Maleclinic.com and Expressrx.com.)

Propecia is also dangerous for some men. A Propecia wrongful death lawsuit was filed last March against Merck in California federal court, claiming failure to warn of the dangerous Propecia side effects such as suicidality and suicide ideation. John Pfaff’s Propecia side effects were not temporary. His wife, Kelly Pfaff, claimed in her lawsuit that John’s non-existent sex drive led to depression, which eventually led to his suicide.

“Propecia has changed my life for the worst,” said Paul (not his real name) in an e-mail. “My sexual problems started about a few years after taking the med, but I kept taking it because I had no idea Propecia caused sexual dysfunction.” Paul stopped taking Propecia in 2013, ten years after he was first prescribed the hair loss drug.

“First my libido declined and after that I had erectile problems,” Paul explained. “I couldn’t maintain an erection during intercourse with my wife and this led to marital problems - she thought I wasn’t interested in her sexually anymore. She even thought I was cheating on her because I couldn’t get aroused.” These problems led to depression, memory loss and moodiness, said Paul. And his wife has suffered, but they have managed to stay together, but in a marriage without sex.

“When I found out that Propecia was to blame, I told my wife. Thank god she is so understanding,” added Paul. “And thank god she still loves me for more than sex. I believe that Merck owes us for almost destroying our family.”

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You have to remember that many doctors get much of their income from these drug companies for pushing their products. He sees this as taking food out of his mouth. The kickbacks doctors are getting from drug companies represents a significant portion of their overall income.

Your lawsuit has merit, and it is disgusting that the company continues to pretend they are not doing harm, when they should be helping to find a treatment for the disease.

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I am a little confused, frustrated, and angry all at the same time. I just went to see my doctor yesterday to see if I could get my meds changed out for the Flomax I am currently taking. He wanted to prescibe Proscar for me and I told him I would rather not take it since I have been informed that Propecia is the cause of a lot of other issues I am having. I told him I was a part of the MDL currently and he got very upset with me. He claimed all these lawsuits against drug companies were all frivolous and just greedy lawyers descending like vultures on them. I am sure ALL the drug companies would agree with this 110 percent. At any rate I turned the prescription down. I then went on the CVS pharmacy website to check out Proscar and the side effects listed are low libido, ED, small amounts of semen, (if you are lucky to get a full erection and orgasm). Possible breast cancer is another side effect, and Proscar has an interaction with testosterone. He then told me good luck with the MDL and that I would probably just get a buck or two. I would rather have my sexuality back than that buck or two. I was a healthy male age 48 when diagnosed with ED. I have been a runner for over 35 years, under the normal body weight for my years, non smoker and became a non drinker after diagnosed. My symptoms still persist today. My doctor almost made me feel guilty that I had any part of the MDL. Any thoughts on this from anyone ? Like I said I am confused,frustrated, and angry. Should I listen to my doctor and take the Proscar and back out of the MDL ? He made me feel like a greedy opportunist. I just want my sexuality back. My wife and I make good money in our jobs, and don't need settlement money to live comfortably.

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Propecia ruined my life too.
Be careful, men.

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