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Another study links Proscar and Propecia to depression following sexual side effects

Posted in Propecia / Proscar

In the September 2012 edition of Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, medical researcher MS Irwig published a study titled “Depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts among former users of finasteride with persistent sexual side effects.”, illustrating one dimension of the truly devastating effects of Propecia (finasteride 1mg, for hair loss) and Proscar (finasteride 5mg, for benign prostatic hyperplasia).

Irwrig writes “Finasteride, a commonly prescribed medication for male pattern hair loss, has recently been associated with persistent sexual side effects. In addition, depression has recently been added to the product labeling of Propecia (finasteride 1 mg). Finasteride reduces the levels of several neuroactive steroids linked to sexual function and depression. This study assesses depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts in former users of finasteride who developed persistent sexual side effects despite the discontinuation of finasteride.”

Studying a relatively small sample of Propecia users with persistent sexual side effects, Irwig found that depression symptoms were more than seven times as common among men who had used Propecia, compared to controls (who had hair loss but never used the drug and denied history of any current or past psychiatric symptoms).  Suicidal thoughts were more than 14 times more prevalent among ex-Propecia users compared to those controls.

Due to the fact that Merck & Co., Inc. , the manufacturer of Propecia, failed time and again to adequately warn users of the risk for persistent sexual side effects, a number of Propecia lawsuits have been filed.  If you or someone you know used Propecia and suffered sexual side effects, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation from the manufacturer.  For a free, no-obligation case consultation, contact our team of Propecia lawyers at the information provided below.  We have the compassion, experience, and resources required to win the justice you deserve.  Call today and see how we can help.

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