Men who have suffered serious side effects from taking Propecia, a drug marketed as a treatment for hair loss, have filed lawsuits against the manufacturer, Merck & Co.
Among the reported side effects are diminished libido, erectile dysfunction, reduced sexual sensation, infertility, anxiety attacks and depression, prostate and male breast cancer. If you or a friend has suffered from these side effects as a result of taking Propecia, you might be eligible to file a lawsuit. Just complete the online form or call us directly and we will discuss your case with you, at no cost or any further obligation. Finasteride (the generic name of the drug) is also marketed under the brand name Proscar by Merck. Application of Propecia is oral, through ingestion of 1mg tablets.
Free, Confidential Case Evaluation
If you, a friend, or a family member has suffered injuries as a result of using Propecia which was prescribed as treatment for male pattern baldness (hair loss), call us at 206-202-9517 or fill out the online form for a free case review. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Our legal experts will get you in touch with a Propecia Lawyer to determine if you can file a lawsuit and help you get the compensation you deserve. Our legal team has experience with other drug lawsuits and is currently investigating claims from men who have had serious side effects as a result of taking Propecia.
Propecia Cancer And FDA Warning
The FDA issued a press release on June 9, 2011, warning that Propecia may be linked to a higher risk of prostate cancer. Even though finasteride is prescribed for treatment of enlarged prostate, the risk of developing a high-grade tumor also increases. Two large medical studies have been the basis upon which the FDA decided to issue the warning.
Both the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial (PCPT) and the Reduction by Dutasteride of Prostate Cancer Events (REDUCE) Trial showed that administration of finasteride had increased sexual dysfunction in men and it was posited in the second study that finasteride could have induced the development of high-grade tumors.
Side effects of Propecia-induced prostate cancer include:
- Urinary symptoms such as frequent need to urinate – especially at night, difficulty urinating, pain or burning during urination, weak urine flow, difficulty starting or stopping the flow
- Erectile dysfunction
- Presence of blood in urine or semen
- Frequent lower back pain, in hips and/or upper thighs
While these studies were conducted with the drug Proscar, which is aimed at treating enlarged prostate and contains five-times the active ingredient found in Propecia, the FDA has indicated that the hair loss drug should carry the same warning as finasteride has been linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer and male breast cancer and evidence is still inconclusive to rule it out.
Propecia Side Effects
Like all prescription drugs, Propecia has a series of side effects, ranging from mild to severe.
- Decreased libido (less desire for sex)
- Erectile dysfunction (difficulty achieving an erection)
- Poor quality of semen
- Decrease in quantity of semen
- Gynecomastia (breast enlargement)
- Testicular pain
- Male breast cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Genital shrinkage
- Breast tenderness (accompanied by enlargement or swelling)
- Penile fibrosis (Payronie’s Disease)
- Body disfigurement
- Endocrine system failure
- Psychological and emotional trauma as a result of the above side effects
Mild effects include:
- Allergic reactions such as rash, itching, hives and/or swelling of the lips and face
- Dizziness, weakness
- Swelling in hands or feet
Propecia Male Breast Cancer
Although rare, male breast cancer is a possibility in Propecia users. If you have experienced breast lumps, pain in the breast area or nipple discharge, you should report to your doctor at once. Clinical trials for Propecia have not shown a higher incidence of breast cancer in those who took the drug vs those who took a placebo, but the studies are not clear enough to rule out risk for male breast cancer.
Are you currently taking Propecia?
Propecia is prescribed only for the treatment of male pattern baldness and cannot be taken by women, children or anyone who is allergic to the drug’s ingredients. Because of the risk of absorbing the drug through skin contact, it is recommended that the drug should not be handled by neither women nor children and kept in a safe place. Even exposure by accident in a pregnant woman can lead to deformations in the fetus. If this happens, a medical expert should be contacted as soon as possible.
Can I File A Propecia Lawsuit?
Our highly-qualified team of lawyers has experience in representing plaintiffs in Propecia Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accept side effect claims from all 50 states.
If you took Propecia and have suffered permanent injuries such as sexual dysfunction or cancer, it is your right to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of this drug. The mental and physical side effects of Propecia have affected a large number of healthy men. You may be entitled to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for your loss. Call us directly at 206-202-9517 or file the online form to the right and one of our legal experts will get in touch with you shortly. We offer a completely free and confidential case review.