A 2010 article published in Archives of Dermatology by JM Mella et al. titled “Efficacy and safety of finasteride therapy for androgenetic alopecia: a systematic review.” further demonstrates that finasteride use is linked to sexual side effects.  Finasteride is the active chemical in Alopecia, the BPH drug Proscar, the hair loss drug Propecia, among others.

Aiming to “determine the efficacy and safety of finasteride therapy for patients with androgenetic alopecia,” the researchers,” “MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, Cochrane Registers, and LILACS were searched for randomized controlled trials reported in any language that evaluated the efficacy and safety of finasteride therapy in comparison to treatment with placebo in adults with androgenetic alopecia.”  That is, the team studied other previously-conducted studies.

In all, “Twelve studies fulfilled the eligibility criteria (3927 male patients)” and Mella et al. (2010) found that Propecia (finasteride 1mg) was effective at re-growing scalp hair in a number of metrics, but that men receiving Propecia were more than twice as likely as placebo patients to suffer erectile dysfunction.  As such, the team concluded that “evidence suggests that daily use of oral finasteride increases hair count and improves patient and investigator assessment of hair appearance, while increasing the risk of sexual dysfunction.”

Due to the fact that a number of men have used Propecia unaware of the risk of sexual side effects, a number of Propecia lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer, Merck & Co., Inc.  If you or a loved one used Propecia and suffered erectile dysfunction or another sexual side effects, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.  For a free, no-obligation case consultation, contact our team of Propecia lawyers at the information provided below.  We have the experience, resources, and skills required to win the justice you deserve.  Call today and see how we can help.

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