Alternatives to Propecia®
Some alternatives to Propecia® for treating hair loss in men include:
- Rogaine (minoxidil), a topical over-the-counter preparation that is rubbed daily into the scalp. It can take up to 12 weeks to notice any new hair growth. After a man has used minoxidil for six months without any results, some doctors advise discontinuing the medication.
- Hair transplant surgery during which individual hair follicles are removed and hairs are transplanted from one section of the scalp to another. There are numerous methods for transplanting hair. These include follicular unit transplantation (FUT), follicular unit extraction (FUE) and use of the Safe Scribe™ instrument.
- Scalp reduction surgery involves surgically removing the bald regions of the scalp and stretching the areas with hair to cover the areas that have been removed. This works best for someone with a lot of hair on the back and sides of the scalp. This approach may be used with a hair transplant technique to produce the best results.
Is It Dangerous to Take Propecia®?
Propecia® (generic is finasteride) is prescribed to treat male pattern baldness. It also is used to treat an enlarged prostate. To retard balding, Propecia® works by blocking the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that is responsible for the shrinkage of hair follicles and hair loss.
Propecia® has been linked to sexual dysfunction in a significant number of men. Side effects include:
- Reduced libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Diminished ejaculate
- Breast enlargement
These problems may be serious, if not dangerous. It is of even greater concern that a growing number of men seem to be unable to regain normal sexual function once they've stopped taking Propecia®.
Studies Show Increased Risk of Sexual Side Effects
A recently published study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine showed that in contrast to currently reported data, much higher numbers of men experienced sexual dysfunction while taking Propecia® and some had problems for months afterwards.
Dr. Michael Irwig of George Washington University, a co-author of the study, found that in interviewing 71 men between the ages of 21 and 46 years old who experienced sexual side effects of Propecia®, 94 percent developed low libido; 92% percent experienced erectile dysfunction and decreased arousal and 69 percent had developed problems with orgasm.
The men had used finasteride for about 28 months on average, but had persistent sexual side effects for an average of 40 months, from when they had stopped taking the drug to when they were interviewed.
Dr. Irwig's coauthor is Swapna Kolukula of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The United Kingdom and Sweden require that warnings about the drug's sexual side effects be printed on the label. In commenting on the results of his study, Dr. Irwig said it was important for physicians who are prescribing Propecia to talk to their patients about its potential side effects.
If you are among those who are suffering these sexual side effects, our Propecia® lawyers can help you. We demand justice for men who are battling persistent side effects of the hair loss drug and would like to help you. Contact us for a free and completely confidential case review today.