Side Effects of Propecia

Intro to propecia.

Just like any other drug or medication available Propecia does have side effects that users should be aware of. Before buying Propecia, it is important for users to know about not only the potential benefits of using the medication but also the potential side effects and various adverse effects a drug may have. Paying strict attention to your physician’s directions and using only the prescribed amounts at the proper intervals is always recommended. Patients should never take matters into their own hands and vary dosage, intervals or the length of time a medication is used if it goes outside of what has been originally directed by their medical professional or physician.

Propecia Side Effects

Not all patients who use Propecia experience side effects or problems as a result of using the medication. However, all patients do have a risk of experiencing the side effects below either on a temporary or permanent basis.

  • Problems with reduced libido
  • Problems with ED (Erectile Dysfunction)
  • Problems with ejaculation or ejaculation disorders
  • Other sexual performance problems or disorders

Most of the side major side effects that can occur from using Propecia relate to sexual health issues. The FDA has conducted extensive analysis and research of sexual health data in males between the ages of twenty-one and forty-seven years old revealing several potential problems as described above.  The male subjects the data is based upon were healthy other than the problems suffered as a result of using Propecia and the side effects lasted for varying lengths of time. The average length of time the side effects were present was approximately an average of forty months after patients stopped using Propecia.

Patients experience a wide range of severity with the potential side effects of using this medication. Sexual performance problems are typically much more common with younger users of the drug but some of the side effects have completely resolved once users stop taking Propecia. However, in other cases, it took multiple months or years for the adverse effects to dissipate. In the most severe cases, some of the side effects never resolve and patients have to deal with the side effects on a longer term basis or indefinitely.

Other Potential Side Effects of Using Propecia

Using Propecia may produce other side effects other than sexual health related issues, although those were the most frequent. Other potential side effects include:

  • Abnormal swelling in the neck and face area including the lips or mouth area
  • Various allergic reactions such as developing rashes, hives or other skin irritations
  • Tenderness of the pectoral muscles and chest area
  • Problems with bouts of depression and anxiety
  • Non-specific pain in the testicles
  • Breast cancer (male)
  • Problems with infertility or low quality of semen

The links between sexual health problems and using Propecia have not been conclusive in terms of the exact causes. However, through various studies it has been a clear there is a very clear connection and using Propecia does in some way elevate a patient’s risk of these types of health problems. This is not surprising due to the fact that among DHT’s many roles it is involved with the body’s sexual development and sexuality in general.

Anxiety and Depression.

Many of the physiological side effects of using Propecia are well advertised and there have been many studies relating to the physical side effects involved with using this medication. However, patients can also experience significant mental problems as a result of using Propecia as well. Keep in mind, Propecia directly regulates, limits and effects natural hormones within the human body, most of the time drastically reducing the levels present in certain areas. Anytime hormone levels experience an artificial or natural change, even if the change is not significant, there is potential for changes in your mental state as well.

Anxiety and depression can sometimes be common side effects of using Propecia to treat problems with MPB or severe hair loss. Identifying issues with anxiety or depression while using the medication can sometimes be very difficult and it is important for users to pay careful attention to how they feel. In some cases, in may be necessary to seek the help of friends or family to help you identify if your behavior or moods have changed since using Propecia.

Users that think they may be having problems with mood swings, unexpected feelings of anxiety or depression are strongly urged to immediately seek the assistance of their doctor and a mental health professional. Mental health problems relating to the use of Propecia or any medication can be just as dangerous, if not more so, than physiological health problems are.

If you have had problems in the past with depression, anxiety or any other mental disorder it is recommended you consult with a licensed psychologist and medical professional before considering Propecia as a treatment for hair loss.

Propecia and Prostate Cancer

The deadliest type of prostate cancer is called high-grade prostate cancer. The Food and Drug Administration in 2011 issued a public safety informational warning stating that 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors including Propecia may potentially elevate the chances of developing high-grade prostate cancer. While the studies are not yet completely conclusive, this is an important warning for users to know about as some level of causation has been established.

This form of cancer is extremely aggressive. It develops very rapidly and can spread throughout the body at a rapid pace as well. The cancer is very difficult to treat due to the size of the cancer cells being very large and they often will reappear on a much more frequent basis as opposed to other forms of cancer. While the FDA admits that the overall chance of developing this type of cancer from using Propecia is relatively low, the risk is still very real. The conclusions and warning the FDA distributes are based upon a seven-year advanced level clinical study and a four research study.

Both of these studies were originally started to find out if Finasteride could possibly lower the risks of developing cancer. The studies did find that Finasteride lowered the risk of developing prostate cancer but the improvements were limited to lower less deadly forms of cancer. The chances of developing high-grade prostate cancer actually increased with the use of Finasteride.

Propecia Warnings and Cautions

All of the potential side effects related to using Propecia can be serious and may last for a prolonged or indefinite period of time. Therefore, all warnings or cautions should be taken seriously and discussed with a medical professional or your physician before you begin using Propecia to treat a severe or mild problem with MPB (male pattern baldness) or hair loss. There is no guarantee that Propecia will produce significant improvements or results and it may leave patients with an increased risk of prostate cancer, potentially high-grade prostate cancer.

If you have any health problems or currently take medication of any kind it is extremely important to consult your doctor before using Propecia. Mixing medications without the supervision of a physician is very dangerous and may cause serious medical problems. In severe cases, it can cause a risk of life-threatening health problems and a serious risk of mental health risks that may be experienced on a prolonged basis.