Propecia® and Erectile Dysfunction
If you are suffering persistent erectile dysfunction after using Propecia®, we may be able to help you seek financial compensation for your suffering. We realize this is a personal and sensitive subject and will review your case in confidence. To schedule a free case review with a qualified and experienced Propecia® attorney, please contact us today.
Many factors can lead to erectile dysfunction, but reduced blood flow to the penis is an important cause. Reduced blood flow can result from:
- Diabetes, which occurs when there is too much sugar, or glucose, in the blood, can damage nerves and blood vessels that are important for erectile function.
- High blood pressure, which makes the heart work harder, strains the blood vessels that then can then harden and narrow, reducing blood flow to the penis.
- High cholesterol can result in clogging of the arteries, which restricts blood flow to the penis.
- Hardening of the arteries can reduce blood flow to the penis.
- Other forms of heart disease that clog and narrow the arteries, can cause erectile dysfunction.
- Depression which can lead to lack of interest in sex. Certain drugs used to treat depression can cause sexual dysfunction, including erectile dysfunction.
- Spinal cord injury can cause nerve damage leading to erectile dysfunction.
- Smoking, which may damage the blood vessels, can result in hardening of the arteries, which reduces blood flow to the penis.
- Treatment for prostate cancer such as radiation, surgery, or hormonal therapy.
- Obesity can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease, all of which can lead to erectile dysfunction.
- Certain medications for problems such as depression, high blood pressure, and more recently it has been found Propecia, a medication to treat baldness, can lead to erectile dysfunction.
Erectile Dysfunction from Propecia®
Propecia®, a drug to treat male baldness, works by blocking the production of an androgen called DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Androgen is a male hormone necessary to normal sexual functioning, including being able to maintain an erection.
But some men taking Propecia® have been complaining of having erectile dysfunction along with other sexual side effects, including reduced libido or no libido and/or reduced ejaculation and semen volume.
Most men return to normal sexual function when they stop taking Propecia®, according Dr. Abdulmaged M. Traish, a professor of biochemistry and urology at Boston University. But in a small percentage of others, their sexual dysfunction is irreversible. For those men in whom the side effects seem permanent, "It's a life sentence," Dr. Traish said.
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