Sure, your hair might have grown back, but new studies have shown that men who took Propecia to treat baldness had to deal with a whole new set of problems afterward—they started to experience sexual dysfunction side effects as well as depression and suicidal thoughts.

On August 7, 2012, a study on Propecia’s side effects was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Researchers analyzed data from a test group of 61 people who had used Propecia, a common drug used to treat male pattern baldness, and experienced various sexual side effects such as low libido, erectile dysfunction, and shrinking or painful genitals for three or more months.

They also collected data from a control group of 29 people who had never used the drug. Neither group had a history of medical or psychiatric conditions.

Here’s what they found:

  • Propecia users had a 75 percent higher risk of depressive symptoms;
  • 44 percent of Propecia users experienced suicidal thoughts; and
  • 64 percent of Propecia users suffered from moderate to severe symptoms of depression.

In July 2012, the Journal of Sexual Medicine also conducted a study, which found that Propecia users who experienced sexual dysfunction side effects as a result of the drug continued to do so for three or more months after they stopped using it.

Evidence of these side effects is nothing new to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, though. Since 1997, when the agency approved the drug without conducting an in-depth study of its long-term side effects,  it  has received over 400 adverse event reports of sexual dysfunction associated with the drug.

Over the past 13 years, almost 60 of those reports were from individuals who began to experience side effects more than three months after they had stopped using Propecia.

Given the number of sexual side effects reported to the agency, in 2011 the FDA mandated that the drug label include a warning about lasting erectile dysfunction. Then in April 2012, the agency updated Propecia’s label yet again after an influx of reports detailed the drug’s potential to cause low libido, ejaculation and orgasm disorders.

If you are experiencing one or more of these side effects and have used Propecia, you may be eligible to pursue a Propecia lawsuit against Merck, the drug’s manufacturer. At Bernstein Liebhard LLP, our attorneys are actively evaluating and investigating claims against Merck.  We understand how these troubling side effects can impact life, and will answer your questions in a caring and sympathetic manner. Visit our website to learn more about how to file a Propecia lawsuit or give us a call today for a free and confidential case evaluation at (877) 779-1414.

Published September 10, 2012 by