Recent studies have linked the drug finasteride, marketed by Merck and Co. to treat male pattern baldness (Propecia) and enlarged prostate (Proscar), to a host of sexual side effects including problems with libido, ejaculation, and orgasm. These side effects, recently added to the FDA’s warning for the drug, have the potential to last for months or even years after discontinuing use, according to a study newly published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Dr. Michael Irwig‘s study surveyed 54 men under the age of 40 who, after stopping Propecia, reported experiencing side effects lasting for three months or more that included erectile dysfunction, low libido, trouble having an orgasm, and shrinking and painful genitals.The study reported that 96% of the men surveyed had these sexual problems for more than a year. While it is true that the sample size of the survey was small and perhaps only included those men who were negatively affected by the drug, the authors maintain that the findings may signal significant risk for men using finasteride.
The FDA updated the warning labels for finasteride after reviewing several hundred post-marketing reports. Despite the updated warnings, however, both the FDA and Merck maintain the safety and efficacy of the drug.
The defective drug attorneys at Arias, Ozzello & Gignac are currently researching claims against Merck for Propecia’s adverse side effects. If you or someone you know has experienced complications from taking Propecia, call our experienced attorneys today for a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages.