The Worst Side Effects of Finasteride Treatment for Hair Loss

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The Worst Side Effects of Finasteride Treatment for Hair Loss

There have been reports about the side effects of Finasteride but none that are as scary as elaborated here by a user of this hair loss treatment.  It is so alarming that a drug that was meant to treat one thing can complicate life to this extent. Read on and feel one man’s pain as he battles the side effects of Finasteride. Joe Graedon a news reporter of the Seattle Times has posted the following article about the long lasting effects of the drug in some users.

Lasting libido issue from hair-loss and prostate drug


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People’s Pharmacy on long-lasting sexual side effects of hair-loss and prostrate drug; cortisone shots and bone density; and a weak link in the prescription-drug supply chain.

Q: Now that I’m nearing divorce court (in large part due to sexual difficulties), I was dismayed by the response to a person inquiring about finasteride (Proscar). I have every single side effect in your answer.

I have not taken Proscar for some time. I was very distressed to read that the sexual side effects may last for years.

I have zero libido and zero erections. How long might these effects last? Can they be reversed with over-the-counter treatments, or am I history, sexually? I am only 60.

A: No one knows how long sexual side effects such as lowered libido, erectile problems, reduced penis size and diminished sensation or pleasure during orgasm may last after finasteride is stopped.

This finding is relatively recent (Journal of Sexual Medicine, November 2012). The men in this study were followed for up to 16 months after they stopped the drug, and many were still having problems.

Finasteride is used to treat male-pattern baldness and symptoms of enlarged prostate. As far as we know, there is no OTC treatment to reverse the sexual side effects. Please discuss your symptoms with a urologist to see if there are any other treatment options. Find the rest of the article here

These side effects are even leading to law suits against the manufacturers of Propecia. The following article is a case in point of such law suits. If you have had issues with Propecia then it would be wise to follow the link to find out more.

Propecia Law Suit

A new Propecia lawsuit from an Illinois man claiming persistent and/or permanent sexual side effects was recently added to the Propecia MDL in the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn,New York.

Propecia Bottle closeup

Propecia Bottle closeup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is no Propecia class action in theUnited States.  There is however a Propecia MDL (” Multi-District Litigation”), created to centralize Propecia lawsuits filed across the country in the federal court system in front of one federal court.

According to the recent Propecia lawsuit added to the MDL, the plaintiff was prescribed Propecia in 2002 at the age of 32 for male pattern hair loss.  The Illinois man took the drug for 3 years as directed and developed sexual side effects as a result.   Continue Reading Article Here

This is a very devastating report as Propecia was one of the most effective treatments for hair loss. There are lots of treatments that are hyped up but many users of this product were happy with the results that it gave them. Some users have recommended cutting down the dosage to reduce the side effects. However, it is recommended that you consult with your physician before taking any measures like this on your own. Besides to avoid the nasty side effects your physician may prescribe an alternative or you can shop around for one.

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