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Risks of depression, suicidal thoughts detailed in new Propecia research

Filed August 9th, 2012 Joshua Sophy

New research adds to growing evidence of the serious side effects posed by the hair loss drug Propecia.

According to an NBC News report on a recent study from researchers at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, men who take Propecia face a greater risk of becoming severely depressed and contemplating suicide.

More and more recent research on the potential dangers of Propecia have revealed numerous serious side effects often not told to men who are considering a prescription drug treatment for male-pattern baldness. Other studies have shown that taking Propecia could cause permanent sexual side effects, including erectile dysfunction.

This most recent study found that 64 percent of men included in the research had developed long-term or permanent sexual dysfunction. In addition to or perhaps caused by those symptoms, the same amount of men admitted to having moderate to severe depression. In 40 percent of the men participating in the study, they reported having some level of suicidal thoughts.

Though men were probably warned about the risk of some sexual dysfunction after taking Propecia, warning labels and physicians gave recipients of the drug the idea that these symptoms would no longer persist after they stopped taking the drug. In other countries, the risk of permanent sexual side effects is required in safety information.

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