Proscar, or finasteride, is a drug used to treat urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate gland that has been linked to devastating side effects such as male breast cancer and prostate cancer. Patients who suffered from Proscar side effects are filing Proscar lawsuits to seek compensation for their injuries. Contact a Proscar lawyer to learn more.
How Does Proscar Work?
Proscar is a member of the finasteride class of drugs used for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (“BPH”). Proscar helps to reduce the enlargement of the prostate. The drug blocks the enzyme Type II 5-Alpha Reductase, which is responsible for transforming the male hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (“DHT”).
Proscar helps decrease DHT levels, shrinking the prostate over time as well as alleviating the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Enlarged prostate problems include:
- difficulty urinating
- getting up during the night to urinate
- decreased urinary flow
- hesitation at the start of urination.
Proscar is also used to reduce the risk of urinary retention or surgery related to an enlarged prostate. Proscar is manufactured by Merck and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) in 1992. Patients seeking compensation are filing Proscar lawsuits against Merck to hold the manufacturer responsible for failing to warn about potential Proscar injuries.
Proscar Side Effects: Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer
A number of studies and health advisories have been issued warning patients of Proscar side effects, which include an increased risk of developing male breast cancer and high-grade prostate cancer
On August 4, 2011, Health Canada required new warning labels for Proscar after receiving reports of men who took Proscar and developed breast cancer. Health Canada stated that it could not rule out a causal connection between finasteride and male breast cancer. In the Medical Therapy of Prostatic Symptoms study of 3,047 men, four Proscar users developed breast cancer while none of the placebo users did.
Another severe Proscar side effect is an increased risk of high grade prostate cancer. On June 9, 2011, the FDA changed Proscar’s drug label to include a warning about Proscar prostate cancer as a possible side effect. The FDA received data from the Reduction by Dutasteride of Prostate Cancer Events and the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial, both of which involved 27,000 men, aged 50 and older who used Proscar for several years. Both trials concluded that there was an increased in the number of people with high-grade prostate cancer amongst those who had been treated with finasteride.
In April 2012, the FDA added another revision to Proscar’s warning label, advising patients about potential Proscar sexual side effects that may last even after men stop taking the drug. The revised label included warnings about libido, ejaculation and orgasm disorders, as well as reports of decreased libido after stopping drug use.
How to File a Proscar Lawsuit
If you or a loved one took Proscar and have been diagnosed with breast or prostate cancer or experienced Proscar sexual side effects, you may be eligible to file a Proscar lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have extensive litigation experience, and have recovered billions of dollars for their clients. In addition to being staunch advocates for your claim, our Proscar lawyers also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process. Call today for a free case review: (877) 779-1414.