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Proscar Lawsuit

Proscar Lawsuit

The prescription drug Proscar (finasteride) has been associated with a variety of hormonal side effects, including persistent sexual dysfunction and gynecomastia (male breast growth).

What You Can Do & How a Proscar Lawsuit Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Proscar induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with gynecomastia or other severe side effects, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

What is Proscar?

Proscar (finasteride) is a prescription medication that was approved in 1992 to treat men with enlarged prostate glands, a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Proscar is manufactured by Merck & Co. It belongs to a class of drugs known as 5α-reductase inhibitors (5ARIs), which also includes Propecia.

What is the problem?

Proscar works by changing levels of male hormones, such as dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This can cause severe hormonal imbalances, including higher levels of estrogen, which can lead to a number of side effects in men — sexual dysfunction and male breast enlargement (gynecomastia) occur in at least 1% of men on Proscar.

Proscar and Gynecomastia

Breast tenderness and enlargement are common side effects reported by men on Proscar. They are also symptoms of gynecomastia, a medical condition that causes male breast growth due to enlargement of the mammary gland behind the nipple.

Normally, this gland only develops in females. Men who are exposed to high levels of female hormones can develop enlarged breasts.

Unlike fatty deposits in the chest due to obesity, true gynecomastia cannot be treated with liposuction or other minimally-invasive surgeries. Instead, excision surgery or a complete mastectomy may be necessary to remove the gland and cut away excess skin. Without treatment, gynecomastia can cause extreme physical disfigurement and emotional trauma.

Proscar and Sexual Dysfunction

One of the most common side effects of Proscar is sexual dysfunction. Symptoms may include erectile dysfunction (impotence), decreased interest in sex, decreased volume of semen during sex, and more.

Clinical trials demonstrated that these side effects occurred in about 2% of men on Proscar and resolved when the medication was discontinued. However, hundreds of men have reported sexual side effects that did not improve after they stopped Propecia.

The FDA added warnings about persistent erectile dysfunction in 2011. In 2012, they published a Safety Warning and added decreased libido to the list of persistent sexual side effects.

Side Effects of Proscar

  • Increased risk of high-grade prostate cancer
  • Adverse effects in women and children who handle tablets
  • Sexual dysfunction (may be permanent)
  • Peripheral edema (swelling of the feet and hands)
  • Male breast enlargement and tenderness
  • Male infertility that may improve when Proscar is discontinued
  • Hair growth
  • Serious allergic reaction
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Weakness
  • Runny nose
  • Skin rash
  • And more

Proscar Class Action Information

Although The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is nationally recognized as a class action law firm, our attorneys are not filing a Proscar class action at this time. Instead, we are focusing our efforts on men with the most serious injuries and only filing individual lawsuits. Contact us today for more information.

Do I have a Proscar Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Proscar induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with gynecomastia or other severe side effects, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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