Frequently Asked Questions About Propecia

Propecia lawsuits skyrocket as sales of Merck's risky baldness drug decline

NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman answers frequently-asked questions about the latest Propecia study, and the commonly-prescribed drug. What is Propecia prescribed for? Propecia is prescribed for male pattern baldness, a hereditary problem in which men lose hair on the crown and sides of their head. Propecia is the brand name of a drug called finasteride which is also marketed as Proscar for men with benign enlarged prostate. This occurs mostly in men over the age of 50 and is characterized by urinary problems. Advertise | AdChoices What did todays study find? Todays study out of George Washington University and published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine was done on younger men mostly in their thirties who were taking Propecia for hair loss. The study was small, involving only 54 participants, but they found that 96 percent of the men surveyed suffered some kind of sexual dysfunction even after stopping the drug, suggesting permanent damage. The sexual dysfunction included low libido, problems with arousal and difficulty with erections and orgasms. How common are these side effects? This year the FDA changed the labeling on Propecia to reflect the possibility of sexual side effects. Still, theyre not very common --clinical trials with the drug suggest sexual dysfunction in only 2 percent of men taking it. Conventional wisdom has been that most side effects were temporary, but todays report raises questions as to whether the sexual dysfunction can be permanent. Frequently asked questions about Propecia zu finden unter

Another Propecia Lawsuit Filed against Merck

Michael Irwig of George Washington University on the controversial medication's long-terms dangers. The first study, published July 12 in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, reported that 96 percent of the 54 young, previously healthy Propecia patients examined by Dr. Irwig suffered sexual dysfunction for more than a year after quitting the drug. The second study, published last week in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, showed that nearly 44 percent of the 61 young, previously healthy Propecia patients reported suicidal thoughts, while 36 percent had severe symptoms of depression. Propecia lawsuits skyrocket as sales of Merck's risky baldness drug decline zu finden unter

A number of Canadian Propecia lawsuits have also been filed against Merck Canada. A 34-year-old Saskatchewan man has launched a Propecia class-action lawsuit, alleging that his sex drive has been significantly affected by the hair loss medication and claims his loss of sexual interest may never come back. Merck has claimed that sexual Propecia side effects experienced while taking the drug would go away when you stop taking Propecia. According to hundreds and possibly thousands of Propecia complaints, however, their side effects are here to stay. Many doctors are still not aware that Propecia side effects dont simply go away when the drug is discontinued. One patient said he was suffering Propecia sexual side effects, specifically erectile dysfunction and with that depression, a few years after he stopped taking the drug. His doctor said the problems were not related to Propecia but he couldnt diagnose any other cause. Many people in the medical community believed Propecia drug sales reps when they were told the side effects would go away. Another Propecia Lawsuit Filed against Merck zu finden unter