One of the most common side effects of Proscar (finasteride) is the enlargement of male breasts, which may be tender or painful. Proscar has also been linked to case reports of gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), a disfiguring condition that may need to be treated with surgery.
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Proscar and Gynecomastia
Proscar contains 5-mg of finasteride, a medication that treats enlarged prostate glands by changing hormone levels. One potential side effect of this is a decrease in male androgens and an increase in female hormones, such as estrogen.
All men are born with a small mammary gland behind the nipple. If this gland is exposed to high levels of certain hormones, it can start growing and cause the development of male breasts — a condition called gynecomastia.
Unlike male breasts caused by fatty deposits from obesity, true gynecomastia involves fibrous glandular tissue. It cannot be treated with minimally-invasive procedures like liposuction. Instead, men must undergo surgery to remove the gland and excess skin (mastectomy).
Studies Linking Finasteride and Gynecomastia
Evidence linking gynecomastia with the active ingredient in Proscar, finasteride, has been growing for decades. One of the earliest case reports, published in 1995, described bilateral gynecomastia in a 62 year-old man who used Proscar to treat his enlarged prostate.
What is the problem?
If you were not aware of the risk of gynecomastia from Proscar, you are not alone. Our attorneys are concerned that warning about this side effect are not strong enough. Merck & Co. has only warned that post-marketing reports included breast enlargement and tenderness.
What About Breast Cancer?
According to the Prescribing Information, long-term studies of Proscar have found higher rates of male breast cancer. However, it is unknown if Proscar increases the risk of breast cancer and more studies are needed. Gynecomastia is not necessarily a risk-factor for cancer.
Currently, Merck recommends:
“Physicians should instruct their patients to promptly report any changes in their breasts such as lumps, pain or nipple discharge. Breast changes including breast enlargement, tenderness and neoplasm have been reported.”
Sexual Side Effects
Without treatment, gynecomastia can cause severe physical disfigurement and embarrassment. Over time, abnormal hormone levels in the male body can also lead to sexual dysfunction that persists after Proscar is discontinued. Symptoms may include impotence (erectile dysfunction), loss of libido, decreased sperm, and male infertility.
Symptoms of Gynecomastia
- Breast tenderness or pain
- Breast swelling
- Breast enlargement or growth
- Palpable disc-like mound located centrally behind the nipple
- Nipple pain
- Nipple discharge
- Hormonal imbalances
- Sexual dysfunction
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