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Finasteride Linked with Increase of Sexual Side Effects and Other Dangerous Conditions

Finasteride (PropeciaⓇ and ProscarⓇ) products, which are prescribed to treat hair loss in men, have become increasingly popular among young men and adults seeking to slow hair loss and potentially grow new hair. Although Finasteride products were represented to be safe and effective for the treatment of hair loss, the drugs have been associated with an increased risk of serious medical problems, including erectile dysfunction (ED), permanent sexual dysfunction, decreased sexual drive, shrinking or painful genitals, male breast cancer, male breast enlargement, prostate cancer, depression, anxiety, and cognitive impairment. Scientific studies have found that Finasteride products significantly increase the risk of suffering from serious or permanent sexual dysfunction. If you or a loved one has taken Finasteride products and have suffered from sexual dysfunction, or any other health problem, contact the Finasteride Litigation attorneys, serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York areas.   

About Finasteride Drugs

Finasteride products are dangerous pharmaceuticals intended to treat male hair loss and enlarged prostates. There are two drugs on the market that are the subject of ongoing or potential lawsuits, including: Propecia and Proscar, which are developed and marketed by Merck.

Beginning in 1992, Proscar was approved to treat enlarged prostates. In 1997, Merck received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to market and sell Propecia as a treatment for hair loss. Sexual side effects were reported by patients during clinical trials for Proscar and Propecia in 1992 and 1997, and the FDA has continued to receive hundreds of reports from users reporting serious or permanent sexual dysfunction.

Propecia and Proscar Lawsuits

More than 1,100 state and federal lawsuits have been filed against Merck nationwide. Many of these cases relate to serious and permanent sexual dysfunction, but the medications’ side effects are not limited to the development of these conditions.

In 2011, a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that persistent sexual dysfunction, including ED and loss of libido, may continue in some men for years after they stopped taking Propecia. In April 2012, the FDA mandated changes to the Propecia label to expand the list of sexual side effects of the drug and warn men that many of these side effects may be permanent. However, Merck knew for many years about the serious risks of Propecia and in 2008 added warnings to Swedish labels about persistent erectile dysfunction after discontinuing use of Propecia.

Finasteride defendants are accused of strict liability with respect to the design, promotion, and sale of the drugs, negligently designing and advertising the drugs, breaching warranties to consumers, engaging in fraud with respect to the risks of the drugs, and violating unfair and deceptive trade practices laws in connection with the promotion and sale of Finasteride. Further, Defendants are accused of negligently inflicting emotional distress upon the consumers of these dangerous pharmaceuticals.

Contact a Locks Law Firm Propecia and Proscar Lawyer

If you or a loved one has taken Propecia or Proscar and experienced any of the side effects described above, or other health conditions, contact the Locks Law Firm today. We urge you to contact us immediately as all claims are subject to strict requirements on when a case must be filed by. Our Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey attorneys can provide information about filing a Propecia or Proscar lawsuit during a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation.

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