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Health Watch: Popular Drug Warning

May 3, 2011 — PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A grieving mother's warning about a popular medication, taken by millions, that can cause devastating and long term side effects.

On Your Side Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl has exclusive details.

"I'm going to be living the rest of my life without my son," said Rosemary of New Jersey. Her son Randy was just 22-years-old when he killed himself. His parents blame the hair loss drug PROPECIA. Randy was taking it because his curly red hair had started to recede.

"It is so not worth it," said Rosemary.

The warning label says there can be sexual side effects, including lack of desire and difficulty achieving an erection. They're supposed to go away when men stop taking the drug.

Not for Randy, he told his parents when he stopped taking PROPECIA the impotence continued along with deepening depression.

"He hated all the things that the drug had done to him. He hoped his family and friends would understand why he didn't want to live anymore," said Rosemary.

Randy and scores of other men have shared their devastating discoveries on propeciahelp.com. But they're too embarrassed to show their faces.

One man told us, "It basically destroyed my life. It's devastating. It's terrible.

Another says, "It's not worth it, if you can't have a sex life. I feel like my twenties have been taken away from me, and it's not fair."

New research from Dr. Michael Irwig at George Washington University shows some men can have persistent sexual side effects lasting five years after they stop taking PROPECIA.

"The presence of persistent sexual side effects in young men who were previously completely healthy can really take a big toll on their life," said Dr. Irwig.

PROPECIA works by altering hormones. Dr. Irwig suspects, in a small percentage of men, that can cause sexual dysfunction.

Merck, the maker of PROPECIA, says that study is flawed.

"They feel less than human because of it," said Alan Milstein, a New Jersey lawyer. He is suing Merck, on behalf of several men who claim the drug ruined their lives.

"When something as essential as sexual pleasure is taken from you, it has a profound affect," said Milstein. He says Merck was not adequately warning men taking PROPECIA about the potential for long term impotence.

"Whether that was done intentionally so they could make a lot of money and not scare people away, that's going to remain to be seen as this lawsuit progresses," said Milstein.

Randy's parents say he tried therapy and different medications, but nothing worked.

"This is really the closest thing we have to a suicide note," said Randy's father. He saved his sons postings from the PropeciaHelp website.

"I'm really hoping that this drug kills me so I don't have to do it myself. I don't think my family and friends would ever understand suicide. But if they really knew what the meaningless ghostly hell I've descended into, then they would understand," read Randy's father.

Merck says it will vigorously defend the lawsuits.

Just two weeks ago, since we started working on this story, warning labels for PROPECIA in the United States were revised to include complaints about persistent sexual side effects.

But Merck stands by its studies saying once the drug is stopped the dysfunction goes away.

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PERSISTENT PROPECIA / FINASTERIDE SIDE EFFECTS & SUICIDE -- CBS News Philadelphia (Health Watch)

Health Watch: Popular Drug Warning

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May 3, 2011 -- PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- A grieving mother's warning about a popular medication, taken by millions, that can cause devastating and long term side effects.

On Your Side Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl has exclusive details.

"I'm going to be living the rest of my life without my son," said Rosemary of New Jersey. Her son Randy was just 22-years-old when he killed himself. His parents blame the hair loss drug PROPECIA. Randy was taking it because his curly red hair had started to recede.

"It is so not worth it," said Rosemary.

The warning label says there can be sexual side effects, including lack of desire and difficulty achieving an erection. They're supposed to go away when men stop taking the drug.

Not for Randy, he told his parents when he stopped taking PROPECIA the impotence continued along with deepening depression.

"He hated all the things that the drug had done to him. He hoped his family and friends would understand why he didn't want to live anymore," said Rosemary.

Randy and scores of other men have shared their devastating discoveries on propeciahelp.com. But they're too embarrassed to show their faces.

One man told us, "It basically destroyed my life. It's devastating. It's terrible.

Another says, "It's not worth it, if you can't have a sex life. I feel like my twenties have been taken away from me, and it's not fair."

New research from Dr. Michael Irwig at George Washington University shows some men can have persistent sexual side effects lasting five years after they stop taking PROPECIA.

"The presence of persistent sexual side effects in young men who were previously completely healthy can really take a big toll on their life," said Dr. Irwig.

PROPECIA works by altering hormones. Dr. Irwig suspects, in a small percentage of men, that can cause sexual dysfunction.

Merck, the maker of PROPECIA, says that study is flawed.

"They feel less than human because of it," said Alan Milstein, a New Jersey lawyer. He is suing Merck, on behalf of several men who claim the drug ruined their lives.

"When something as essential as sexual pleasure is taken from you, it has a profound affect," said Milstein. He says Merck was not adequately warning men taking PROPECIA about the potential for long term impotence.

"Whether that was done intentionally so they could make a lot of money and not scare people away, that's going to remain to be seen as this lawsuit progresses," said Milstein.

Randy's parents say he tried therapy and different medications, but nothing worked.

"This is really the closest thing we have to a suicide note," said Randy's father. He saved his sons postings from the PropeciaHelp website.

"I'm really hoping that this drug kills me so I don't have to do it myself. I don't think my family and friends would ever understand suicide. But if they really knew what the meaningless ghostly hell I've descended into, then they would understand," read Randy's father.

Merck says it will vigorously defend the lawsuits.

Just two weeks ago, since we started working on this story, warning labels for PROPECIA in the United States were revised to include complaints about persistent sexual side effects.

But Merck stands by its studies saying once the drug is stopped the dysfunction goes away.

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For more information, visit http://www.propeciahelp.com

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  1. FlowerPowerNZ
    6 years ago

    I take this drug and have had some of the claimed side effects (depression,
    anxiety, low sex drive…) – however they all preceded my use of
    finasteride. This drug does work and I intend to keep on using it.


  2. Aluenvey
    6 years ago

    Not every person thats born male cares about sex though. I’m Male to
    Female. I honestly could not care less whether I had a sex life!


  3. James Carpenter
    6 years ago

    Im a 34 year old male who started taking propecia 8 years ago and then quit
    after 5 extremely tough ones of erectile dysfunction (which I feel in part
    contributed to my divorce). 3 years after stoping it I´m still waiting for
    the side effects to go away and carry on with my normal life. It´s been
    hell to pay. Wish I could´ve just had a hair implant back then. Now…
    nothing is worth me trying to look any better, my very being has been torn.
    Don´t risk it. Not worth it 🙁


  4. DeathAwaitsYou
    6 years ago

    dude saw palmetto fucked my libido and I have loss of sensitivity of my
    penis.. my penis feels numb when jerking off…I dont feel pleasure while
    jerking off at all…it sucks..this happened 4 days ago…now I will be
    bald and have alot less libido+numb penis for life probably…


  5. Lyin' Ted Cruz
    6 years ago

    from saw palmetto??? bullshit


  6. DeathAwaitsYou
    6 years ago

    fu u know nothin


  7. Lyin' Ted Cruz
    6 years ago

    how much saw palmetto were u taking? and libido and everything came back
    after stopping it, right?


  8. DeathAwaitsYou
    6 years ago

    check your mail on youtube I will send u a message


  9. Lyin' Ted Cruz
    6 years ago

    I agree.


  10. קרן ישראל
    6 years ago

    Can you please contact me we have the same problem and I would like to
    consult with you kerenisrael30@gmail.com


  11. vvdv82
    6 years ago

    Please see this if you are thinking of taking finasteride
    watch?v=bhYtKnfI7jo


  12. Hugh Mannity
    5 years ago

    How much were you taking? 1mg? if you’re for real pm me and I’ll tell you
    something that is vital and could help you recover, no bullshit.


  13. twosure94
    4 years ago

    PROPECIA causes PERMANENT IMPOTENCE in most men !!! Merck is LYING about
    the safety of this drug. Also: Merck employees (and
    their vendors) are planting FAKE TESTIMONIALS about the drug on youtube !
    The following posters are Merck Agents: SamlamMD, alanbauman,
    belgraviacentre, justjoe9073, SPEXX, Northwest Hair Restoration….. these
    BASTARDS are lying through their teeth !!! BEWARE a LOT DECEPTION involving
    this very dangerous drug !!! Doctors who continue to recommend Propecia
    (and refuse to report adverse-reactions) should be targeted for reprisals
    !!!


  14. Ben King
    4 years ago

    Hu hu you are a fucking idiot. 


  15. jon morey
    3 years ago

    No pot no mushrooms yes pills?


  16. bichillocv
    2 years ago

    Well the parents should blame the father for his bad genes, is completely
    understanable to be depressed for being bald at such a young age


  17. Marion Mathieu
    2 years ago

    My brother killed himself last month because of propecia. He was 25.


  18. Skeptic Talk
    2 years ago

    I’ve been taking this for awhile now. The sexual sides do seem to be there.
    It’s not that I have zero sides it is that I have less of a sex drive.

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