In 2013, an article titled “Change in Sexual Function in Men with Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms/Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Associated with Long-Term Treatment with Doxazosin, Finasteride and Combined Therapy.” by C.W. Fwu et al. published in The Journal of Urology illustrates the connection between finasteride, the active chemical in Propecia, Proscar, and other drugs, and persistent sexual side effects.

The authors state “We examined the effects of doxazosin, finasteride and combined therapy in men with lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia on sexual function, as assessed by the Brief Male Sexual Function Inventory during 4 years.”  In all, just under 2,800 men were studied.

After statistical analyses, the team found that “Men assigned to finasteride and combined therapy experienced overall statistically significant but slight worsening of ejaculatory function compared with men on placebo. Men assigned to combined therapy also experienced significant worsening in erectile function and sexual problem assessment.”

Concluding, the team states “This study significantly extends understanding of the effects of long-term treatment with these drugs on sexual function in men with lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia” and notes “Treatment with finasteride or combined therapy was associated with worsening sexual function”.

Due to the fact that many men have used Proscar, Propecia, and other finasteride-containing drugs unaware of the likelihood for sexual side effects, a number of Proscar lawsuits and Propecia lawsuits have been filed.  Unfortunately, it took years after the publication of studies such as this before Merck (the manufacturer of these drugs) changed Warning Labels to include these risks, and only after the FDA required the company do so.

If you or a loved one used Propecia or Proscar and suffered sexual side-effects, contact our team of Proscar lawyers and Propecia lawyers at the information provided below.  We have the experience, resources, and skill required to win the compensation you deserve.  Call today and see how we can help.

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