Propecia (generic: finasteride), once believed to be the next generation in hair loss treatment, remains at the center of a heated debate. According to studies, Propecia treatment may yield catastrophic results that do not warrant further use. Of significant concern, however, are the findings of a recent study conducted by researchers at George Washington University. Upon reviewing the data made available by the study, researchers concluded that that there is an increased risk of persistent sexual side effects in those who use Propecia.
Propecia was introduced to the U.S. market approximately 15 years ago by the global pharmaceutical powerhouse Merck and Co. Upon its release, Propecia gained approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat male pattern baldness on the vertex and the anterior mid-scalp area. Finasteride, the active ingredient contained within Propecia, belongs to a class of medications known as 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. As a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, finasteride treats male pattern hair loss by preventing the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the scalp, which prevents hair growth. DHT is a substance in the body that can shrink hair follicles until they no longer produces visible hair. Therefore, Propecia promotes steady hair growth on the scalp by eliminating the production of DHT.
Unfortunately, however, there has been a recent Influx of adverse complications regarding Propecia use. Of particular concern to the healthcare community are the potential links that exist between Propecia treatment and the development of persistent sexual side effects. Complicating the already volatile situation is a study out of George Washington University that was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
The study included 54 participants, many of which were young men in their thirties, who had already taken Propecia to treat male pattern baldness. Upon conclusion of the study, researchers found that 96 percent of the men surveyed suffered some kind of sexual dysfunction even after stopping the drug, suggesting permanent damage. The sexual dysfunction included low libido, problems with arousal and difficulty with erections and orgasms.
While the study is only a small sample size, it is indicative of a broader trend that continues to be an increasing concern. As a result, officials at the FDA required Merck and Co. to change the labeling on Propecia products earlier this year. The revised labels now reflect the increased possibility of sexual side effects.
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