Did you use Propecia to treat male pattern baldness? More and more men are complaining about persistent Propecia side effects, including loss of libido, lack of arousal, and sexual dysfunction. When you took Propecia, it was likely that you were unaware of the risk of these severe side effects. The pharmaceutical company that sells Propecia may be financially liable for your injury. Drug companies have a legal obligation to warn you of side effects before you take a medication.
Do I Have a Propecia Lawsuit? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one has suffered loss of libido or other side effect after taking Propecia, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Propecia lawsuit.
April 11, 2012: Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the agency will be updating Propecia labels to include more warnings about the risk of persistent, severe sexual side effects that do not resolve when Propecia is discontinued. After receiving hundreds of reports from men who were injured by Propecia, the new labels will warn about the possible risk of libido disorders, orgasm disorders, and ejaculation disorders. The FDA will also warn that while men are taking Propecia, they may have fertility problems and decreased quality of semen.
Propecia contains 1-mg of finasteride, a drug that treats male pattern baldness. Around 50% of men have a genetic predisposition to lose their hair when the hair follicles come in contact with dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Propecia reduces DHT by 75-80% by inhibiting 5-alpha reductase, an enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT. In some men, this massive change in hormone levels can cause an imbalance, leading to an increased risk of estrogen. High estrogen is known to cause sexual side effects, including loss of libido, sexual side effects, erectile dysfunction, reduced semen volume, and more.
What is loss of libido?
There is no medical definition of loss of libido. People with this condition typically have little or no interest in sex that persists for months, and sometimes years. Loss of libido is not the same as a lack of sex in general. Decreased sexual activity may be caused by other things that get in the way of having sex, such as stress, work, or children, but the sexual desire is still present.
When a man has loss of libido, symptoms include:
- No interest in touching their partner
- No feelings of connection, togetherness, or bonding after sex
- They do not look forward to having sex
- No sexual fantasies involving their partner
- They have sex less than once per month
- When sex does occur, it is mechanical and routine, not exciting
- One partner initiates sex, one person is pressured into having sex
The psychological pain and suffering can be immeasurable. Many men link their sexual function to their masculinity, and a lack of sex causes them to feel stress. A study of loss of libido in men found that only 23% said they still felt happy about life in general. If loss of libido leads to depression, this can further exacerbate lack of interest in sex.
Propecia can also cause other sexual problems, including erectile dysfunction, physical changes (gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts), and decreased semen volume. This can lead to anxiety about performance and social stigma, which could further exacerbate loss of libido.
Studies of Propecia and Loss of Libido
In June 2011, the Journal of Sexual Medicine published a study conducted by Dr. Michael Irwig. He had been contacted by men who were suffering from persistent sexual side effects after taking Propecia. The men were all participating in an online forum for Propecia users who were exchanging information about sexual side effects. Dr. Irwig interviewed 71 men from the forum, and found that 92% had decreased arousal. The men also reported having far fewer sexual episodes every month.
Propecia Side Effects
Side effects of Propecia may include, but are not limited to:
- Sexual side effects
- Male breast cancer
- High-grade Prostate Cancer
- Erectile dysfunction (impotence)
- Loss of libido
- Decreased sensation in the penis
- Difficulty orgasming
- Decreased semen volume
- Body disfigurement
- Gynecomastia (growth of male breast tissue)
- Genital shrinkage
- Penile fibrosis
- Decreased muscle mass
- Increased female-pattern fat deposits
- Endocrine System Crash
- Emotional trauma, psychological damage
- Post-Finasteride Syndrome
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