A generic version of hair loss drug Propecia was recently launched, despite the alarming Propecia side effects of sexual dysfunction, depression and more, seen in the name brand version of the drug. The generic version of Propecia will be manufactured by Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd.

Propecia is a popular male baldness drug manufactured by Merck & Co., and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1997. It can also cause numerous alarming adverse effects, including Propecia sexual dysfunction that can last months after patients stop taking the drug. The FDA has received over 400 reports of Propecia sexual dysfunction side effects, nearly 60 of those from patients who suffered from Propecia side effects more than three months after they stopped taking the drug. Propecia sexual side effects may include:

  • Genital pain and numbness
  • Testicular shrinkable
  • Loss of libido
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Reduced fertility

Propecia Sexual Dysfunction and Other Side Effects May Be Long Lasting

An August 2012 study from the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry revealed that Propecia side effects can also include depression and suicidal thoughts. The study found that Propecia users had a 75 percent risk of developing depressive symptoms. 64 percent of them suffered from moderate to severe symptoms of  depression, and 44 percent of Propecia users experienced suicidal thoughts.

In 2011, the FDA updated the Propecia drug label to include a warning about long-lasting erectile dysfunction. A year later, the agency added warnings of low libido and ejaculation and orgasm disorders to Propecia’s label, after receiving reports of Propecia sexual side effects.

Victims of Propecia side effects are now filing lawsuits seeking compensation and justice. Propecia lawsuits are filed against Merck, alleging that the company failed to warn patients about the risks of taking the drug, and especially the long-lasting side effects. Currently, patients who take the new generic form of the drug are not able to take legal action, but a recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling may help set a precedent for generic Propecia lawsuits in the future. The court issued a decision that allowed patients who took a generic version of a drug to sue the name brand manufacture, which will hopefully influence future court decisions and grant users of generic drugs the same legal rights.

If you took Propecia and experienced sexual dysfunction or other side effects, speak to an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP  to learn more about how you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and other injuries. Call (877) 779-1414 for a free and confidential case review.

Published January 30, 2013 by