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Florida man is latest to file Propecia lawsuit over permanent sexual dysfunction

Filed March 7th, 2012 Joshua Sophy

A Florida man has become the latest to file a lawsuit against the makers of the hair loss drug Propecia, claiming it is responsible for him losing his sex drive.

According to a report from, Gary Reynolds believes taking Propecia to regrow hair and prevent baldness caused him to suffer erectile dysfunction and loss of libido. He filed a lawsuit against Merck & Co. in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in late February.

Reynolds says he started taking Propecia to stem the effects of baldness in 1999. After about six months of taking the drug, he began to notice signs of decreased libido and other forms of sexual dysfunction. Still, he persisted in taking Propecia until symptoms became more severe. He ultimately stopped taking Propecia in 2009 and now says his sexual dysfunction is permanent.

Merck is forced to warn about the risk of permanent sexual side effects among some men taking Propecia in European countries, but it must only list some temporary effects of taking the drug, according to Food and Drug Administration regulations. Drug safety information included with Propecia prescriptions indicates that more often, when a man stops taking Propecia, they’ll restore normal sexual function.

Reynolds says he’s still suffering from side effects he’s blaming on Propecia, including depression, cognitive problems, pain in the testicles, and pain in the prostate.

This lawsuit joins a growing number making similar allegations against Propecia. A Multidistrict Judicial Panel will meet at the end of the month to discuss potentially consolidating Propecia lawsuits filed at the federal level into Multidistrict Litigation.

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