After being prescribed Propecia for hair loss a number of men have experienced permanent erectile dysfunction. Even after being off of Propecia for a year some men have had little improvement.
Men of all ages who have taken the prescription Propecia to counter hair loss are coming forward with their stories of how they have had Propecia side effects long term as a result of the medicine.
Propecia is a once-a-day pill that is advertised as being an effective treatment for male pattern baldness, a common type of hair loss. Propecia’s results have been impressive, as it blocks the male hormone DHT that can lead to thinning and hair loss on the crown of the head.
Men who use Propecia must take it every day in order for it to be effective, and it may take at least three months before they can see any change. Hair growth lasts only while Propecia is taken. Once it is discontinued, hair loss will begin again, therefore, Propecia is seen as a long-term treatment.
Propecia Erectile Dysfunction Problems
Because Propecia does affect the presence of the male hormone, it can cause some sexual side effects, such as a decreased sex drive, difficulty maintaining an erection and difficulty reaching orgasm. In the past, before updating the warning label, the assured men that these side effects only last while the drug is taken, and will end once it is discontinued.
Unfortunately, men have found that was not necessarily true. In a recent study of 71 men who used Propecia, researchers found that over 90% of them experienced sexual side effects, such as erectile dysfunction, long-term. In some cases, the men had problems for months. Others still wait to recover.
What is most difficult for men suffering from long term erectile dysfunction, is that they believed that, according to the manufacturer, any impotence would stop once the men stopped using Propecia.
Although this initial study is small, the implications are much larger. With Propecia being used by millions of men, the potential of long-term problems affects many people. Propecia is prescribed to men as young as 18, so the possibility of permanent erectile dysfunction can affect a man’s ability to reproduce as well.
In addition to the physical side effects are the psychological ones associated with a long-term physical issue.
Still Waiting for Answers
Men who have experienced sexual side effects after using Propecia may have plenty of questions, but few answers. One question to ask is whether they should have been informed about the potential for long-term damage from Propecia. If you have had side effects after using Propecia, we can help. We offer a no cost, no obligation and confidential consultation with a Propecia lawyer to discuss your individual situation. Contact us today to get information on your legal options. There is a limited time to file a Propecia lawsuit. Please contact us as soon as possible.