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Men Claim Merck Baldness Drug Causes Impotence

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Nine men have filed a lawsuit against Merck for their male pattern baldness drugs Propecia and Proscar, alleging the drugs cause sexual dysfunction, even after they stopped taking them.

The lawsuit alleges that finasteride, the active ingredient in the drugs, causes sexual dysfunction side effects including infertility, reduced sexual sensation, reduce ejaculate volume, erectile dysfunction and low sex drive. The drugs also cause depression, and cognitive impairment.

Propecia was approved by the FDA in 1997, however in 2006 the Swedish Medical Product Agency began investigating complaints of permanent sexual dysfunction in men who stopped taking the drug. Merck changed its European labels to include warnings about permanent side effects, but has not changed the label in the U.S.

The lawsuit says that Merck knew or should have known that the drug causes permanent sexual impairment. The men allege that if they would have known about the serious side effects of the medications, they would not have taken it.

The lawsuit alleges negligence, failure to provide adequate warning and breach of warranty, Consumer Affairs has reported. disclaimer: This article: Men Claim Merck Baldness Drug Causes Impotence was posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2011 at 8:04 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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