Steven Rossello took Propecia to treat his hair loss—never to suspect that Propecia sexual dysfunction and depression side effects would have a significant toll on his life.

The 29-year-old New Yorker first took the popular hair-loss drug manufactured by Merck at 22. Studies have shown that Propecia, or finasteride, side effects can last for months after a patient stops taking the drug—but Rossello was oblivious when he began to take the medication. He began to experience certain Propecia sexual side effects a few weeks after taking off the drug, but didn’t attribute them to the medication. Propecia’s warning label contained no information on long lasting side effects.

Rossello’s sexual problems continued for years. “Back then, there was little, if any, information out there on the subject,” he told The Examiner, “so I thought it was a natural change in my body. Or maybe just stress.”

He went back on Propecia in September 2010. Three months later, his original side effects returned, and so did numerous others. He stopped taking Propecia—yet the side effects worsened. Eighteen months later, Rossello still reports experiencing Propecia sexual side effects including:

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

The symptoms are known as post-finasteride syndrome (“PFS”). Rossello consulted with multiple doctors—a general doctor, three endocrinologists, and three psychiatrists, none of whom helped.

Studies have found that Propecia sexual dysfunction side effects can be lasting. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that 36 percent of 61 young, previously healthy Propecia patients had symptoms of severe depression for at least three months after quitting the drug, and nearly 44 percent reported suicidal thoughts.

Not only did Propecia’s side effects disturb Rossello’s personal and romantic life—it unraveled his career. From a border control special-agent with high-profile targets, his job has become one of computer checks and paperwork at the ICE office, with a $15,000 less salary. “Before Propecia brought my life to a screeching halt, I had great professional aspirations,” Rossello said. “Now I’m earning half of what I would have been making as a special agent in the next two years, with limited potential for advancement.”

Rossello still hopes for further medical research into PFS, and for Merck, manufacturer of Propecia to start taking responsibility for the long-term and often debilitating Propecia sexual dysfunction side effects. He hopes that the company will recall the drug from the market, provide compensation to victims for medical expenses and lost wages, and fund further research for PFS.

Other victims affected by Propecia side effects may want to file a Propecia lawsuit to hold the manufacturer responsible for failing to warn of the potential long-lasting sexual dysfunction side effects. Call a Propecia lawyer to learn more: (877) 779-1414.

Published October 19, 2012 by