Propecia - Finasteride Erectile Dysfunction
Finasteride Propecia, Proscar, Side Effect: Erectile Dysfunction, Impotence Lawsuits
Finasteride Side Effects Lawsuits based on Erectile Dysfunction, Impotence, Low Libido, Gynecomastia (Male Breasts) and other Male Sexual Problems | 5-ARIs Drug Class may Increase Risk
Finasteride - sold generically and under the brand names Propecia and Proscar - may increase the risk of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) or other male sexual problems. Erectile Dysfunction has been recognized as a possible Finasteride side effect for some time, but recently research has indicated that in some men, erectile dysfunction and other associated problems may continue long after they stop taking the drug. Yet, the U.S. label for this class of drugs (5-ARIs) continues to indicate that such side effects are temporary.
The defective drug lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP are offering free lawsuit consultations to anyone who may be a victim of erectile dysfunction due to your use of Finasteride. If you continued to experience erectile dysfunction or other sexual problems long after you stopped taking Finasteride, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn how Parker Waichman LLP may be able to help you, please contact our Finasteride Erectile Dysfunction lawyers today.
Finasteride, Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and Male Sexual Problems
Finasteride is one of a class of drugs known as 5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors, or 5-ARIs. Finasteride 5 mg (Proscar) is used to treat and control non-cancerous, enlarged prostate. Finasteride 1 mg (Propecia) is used to treat male pattern baldness. All of these drugs work by preventing the conversion of androgen testosterone to DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a substance vital to normal male sexual function.
In 2006, the Swedish Medical Products Agency began investigating reports of persistent sexual dysfunction side effects which persist in men despite discontinuing use of the drug. In 2008, Merck changed the drug's product label in Sweden to state that there had been reports of persistent erectile dysfunction in men after they discontinued the drug. In 2009, the Swedish regulator concluded that Finasteride could lead to persistent sexual dysfunction.
Following the Swedish finding, Merck modified the finasteride label in Italy and the United Kingdom to include information on this risk. For example, in the United Kingdom, Merck included the following warning on the Propecia label: "In addition, the following have been reported in postmarketing use; persistence of erectile dysfunction after discontinuation of treatment with PROPECIA; . . ." While Merck did modify the U.S. finasteride label in 2010, revisions did not include an updated warning regarding the persistence of sexual dysfunction after discontinuation of use.
According to a Propecia lawsuit filed by nine men in April 2011, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has received numerous complaints of side effects related to sexual dysfunction because of finasteride. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in New Jersey, claims physicians who treat men’s health issues in the United States and Europe have publically expressed their concerns about patients who have permanent sexual, mental and physical side effects after discontinuing finasteride. A month before that lawsuit was filed, a group of researchers at Boston University published a study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine which found that in a small number of cases, erectile dysfunction linked to 5-ARIs may persist after the drugs have been discontinued. "Extreme caution should be exercised prior to prescribing 5-ARIs therapy to patients for hair growth or for BPH (enlarged prostate) symptoms," the authors write. "In some patients, these adverse effects are persistent and may be prolonged and patients do not recover well after discontinuation from drug use."
Finasteride Erectile Dysfunction Victims - Legal Help
If you or a loved one suffers from erectile dysfunction that could be associated with finasteride, you may have valuable legal rights. For a free lawsuit evaluation with one of our finasteride erectile dysfunction attorneys, please fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-539-4636) today.