In 2005, an article titled “Sexual dysfunction and lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).” appearing in the medical journal European Urology, provided further evidence of scholarly knowledge of the link between finasteride and sexual dysfunction long before warning labels for the drug were updated.
Finasteride is the active chemical in a number of drugs, including Propecia (a hair loss drug, finasteride 1mg) and Proscar (a benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) drug, finasteride 5mg) both manufactured by Merck & Co., Inc.
This research team, led by R.C. Rosen, states that “Effective medical therapies for [lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)] associated with BPH include alpha(1)-adrenergic receptor antagonists (i.e., alfuzosin, doxazosin, tamsulosin, and terazosin) and 5alpha-reductase inhibitors (i.e., finasteride and dutasteride). The side effects of these medications, including sexual dysfunction, are important distinguishing features. The successful management of patients with LUTS associated with BPH should include assessments of sexual function and monitoring of medication-related sexual side effects. For men with LUTS and sexual dysfunction, an appropriate integrated management approach, based on each patient’s symptoms and outcome objectives, is warranted.” (emphasis added)
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