Wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Merck in California federal court, claiming failure to warn of the dangerous Propecia side effects such as suicidality and suicide ideation. Although many lawsuits have been filed against Merck for Propecia dysfunction, the drug company said this lawsuit is the first of its kind to be filed. Countless men who have taken the hair loss drug have suffered depression due to sexual dysfunction. Tragically, John Pfaff’s depression eventually led to suicide. According to the lawsuit filed by his family, John suffered from severe depression in 2012, after he stopped taking Propecia. About a year later, he stepped in front of an oncoming Amtrak train just one block from the family home. According to the lawsuit, Merck knew about the risks of Propecia depression and suicidal ideation (thinking about, considering or planning suicide) since it was approved by the FDA in 1997. But Merck didn’t include a warning about these risks on its label or in any literature. A new study has found that finasteride, a common hormone-blocking drug, does not increase the risk of prostate cancer death. During the initial study findings it was suggested that there could be a connection between using the drug and a more dangerous form of prostate cancer, however, long-term follow-up showed that this wasn’t true. “What we can now say is that finasteride not only significantly reduces a man’s risk of prostate cancer, it is safe to use based on very long-term follow-up in our study,” said Dr. Ian Thompson, Jr., principal investigator of SWOG’s Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial, or PCPT. Another study which was based on how food affects prostate cancer discovered that a typical Western high-fat diet such as cheeseburgers and fries could lead to prostate cancer becoming more aggressive and causing it to spread. For the study, which was published in the journals Nature Genetics and Nature Communications, the team increased the levels of saturated fats - which are found in fast food cheeseburgers and fries in the diet of the test mice, because of which they started developing aggressive, metastatic tumours.“In PCPT, we found no increased risk of prostate cancer death in men who took finasteride compared with men who did not. These results are transformational.”Thompson and his team began to determine if finasteride, which is used for treating symptoms of prostate enlargement and also male pattern baldness, could prevent prostate cancer in men who were above 55 years.
Although their deaths were not attributed to topical minoxidil therapy, sudden death has been reported in two patients treated with topical minoxidil who had underlying cardiovascular conditionsone patient had undetected Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and the other patient had untreated hypertension and cardiosclerotic cardiovascular disease I hope everyone knows I was poking fun at the Propecia hysteria being espoused by a few on the board. I agree about the preexisting condition and commented on this in another thread. What I think men should do is get a full blood work up before they consider taking Propecia. If you are in poor health a drastic change in your hormonal balance might be bad for you. Another thing they might consider is eating right and exercising, both of which are shown to improve sexual health. I've personally been on Propecia for a year and have not experience one side effect. “I definitely think this study has very important messages when you’re looking at something like suicide and suicidal ideations,” lead researcher Dr. Michael Irwig, an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, told Fox “After all --how many deaths from a medication do you really need to be considered important enough and to change [warning] labels? “Medications have been pulled from the market in the past even after just a few patient deaths.”According to Irwig, his interest in finasteride’s side effects was sparked after some of his former patients complained of long-lasting sexual dysfunction. After an online search, he found many more men who reported similar issues. “We set out to study these men, and while doing that initial study, a lot of the men told me they were having depression and memory problems and other cognitive changes,” Irwig explained. Irwig speculated the emotional and cognitive changes are due to the way finasteride works on the brain. Finasteride is in a class of medications known as 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, which block the production of a certain hormone.
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