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Propecia Linked With Lasting Symptoms Of Depression: Study

Users of Propecia, the drug for male-pattern baldness also known as finasteride, may experience symptoms of depression even after they’ve stopped taking the drug, according to a small new study.

The findings come on the heels of another study, published earlier this year, showing that the drug may also have lasting effects on sexual function in former Propecia users.

“Although the effects of [Propecia] in the human brain are poorly understood, clinicians, as well as potential [Propecia] users, should be aware of the serious potential risks of this medication. especially as it is being used cosmetically to alter a normal age-related process,” study researcher Dr. Michael Irwig, of George Washington University, told MedPage Today.

The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry study included 61 men who formerly used Propecia who experienced more than three months of sexual side effects, and had no history of depression, sexual problems or any sort of psychiatric disorders. There were also 29 men who were used as the “controls,” who had never used Propecia before but also experienced hair loss.

The researchers found that 11 percent of the people who took Propecia had mild symptoms of depression, while 28 percent had moderate symptoms and 36 percent had severe symptoms.

They also found that 44 percent of the men who took Propecia had experienced thoughts of suicide.

Comparatively, among men who had never taken Propecia, the only depressive symptoms reported were mild, and just 11 percent of men reported them. Only 3 percent of the control group had experienced thoughts of suicide.

“Clinicians and potential users of finasteride should be aware of the potential risk of depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts. The preliminary findings of this study warrant further research with controlled studies,” the researchers wrote in the study.

However, it’s important to note that this study only finds a link between the two. MedPage Today explains why:

The potential connection between depression and sexual dysfunction is complicated by the possibility that either can lead to the other.

Propecia is just one of several options for treating male pattern baldness. and one of two FDA-approved baldness medications. According to the National Institutes of Health, it works by stopping the body’s production of the baldness-promoting hormone. However, baldness begins again when a person stops using the drug.

The other medicine for baldness is Rogaine. which is actually applied to the scalp to slow down baldness. But just like Propecia, the baldness returns when you stop using it, according to the NIH.

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Common use

Finasteride is used to treat hair loss (male pattern). It is to be used only by adult men. Finasteride can also be used to treat prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia.
In clinical studies Propecia was shown to work on both the crown area and the hairline.

Dosage and direction

Take Propecia by mouth with a glass of water, with or without food. Avoid cutting, crushing or chewing this medicine.
Consult your doctor concerning proper dose for you.

Precautions

Before taking Propecia tell your doctor or chemist if you are allergic to Finasteride or Dutasteride; or if you have other allergies.
As this medicament can be absorbed by skin, women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not manipulate this medicine.

Contraindications

Propecia should not be used by women or children as well as by the patients who have demonstrated a reaction of hypersensitivity to Finasteride.

Possible side effect

The most common side effects are dizziness, unusual weakness, drowsiness, trouble sleeping, blurred vision, runny nose, or problems ejaculating.
Stop using Finasteride and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: penis erection that is painful or lasts 4 hours or longer, severe dizziness or fainting.
A very serious allergic reaction rarely occurs.
In case you notice the effects not listed here, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug interaction

Tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use before using this medication.

If you have missed your dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you see that it is near the time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take your dose twice.

Overdose

If you think you have used too much of this medicine seek emergency medical attention right away. The symptoms of overdose usually include chest pain, nausea, irregular heartbeat, and feeling light-headed or fainting.

Storage

Store your medicines at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store them in the bathroom. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.

Disclaimer

We provide only general information about medications which does not cover all directions, possible drug integrations, or precautions. Information at the site cannot be used for self-treatment and self-diagnosis. Any specific instructions for a particular patient should be agreed with your health care adviser or doctor in charge of the case. We disclaim reliability of this information and mistakes it could contain. We are not responsible for any direct, indirect, special or other indirect damage as a result of any use of the information on this site and also for consequences of self-treatment.

Common use

Finasteride is used to treat hair loss (male pattern). It is to be used only by adult men. Finasteride can also be used to treat prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia.
In clinical studies Propecia was shown to work on both the crown area and the hairline.

Dosage and direction

Take Propecia by mouth with a glass of water, with or without food. Avoid cutting, crushing or chewing this medicine.
Consult your doctor concerning proper dose for you.

Precautions

Before taking Propecia tell your doctor or chemist if you are allergic to Finasteride or Dutasteride; or if you have other allergies.
As this medicament can be absorbed by skin, women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not manipulate this medicine.

Contraindications

Propecia should not be used by women or children as well as by the patients who have demonstrated a reaction of hypersensitivity to Finasteride.

Possible side effect

The most common side effects are dizziness, unusual weakness, drowsiness, trouble sleeping, blurred vision, runny nose, or problems ejaculating.
Stop using Finasteride and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: penis erection that is painful or lasts 4 hours or longer, severe dizziness or fainting.
A very serious allergic reaction rarely occurs.
In case you notice the effects not listed here, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug interaction

Tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use before using this medication.

If you have missed your dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you see that it is near the time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take your dose twice.

Overdose

If you think you have used too much of this medicine seek emergency medical attention right away. The symptoms of overdose usually include chest pain, nausea, irregular heartbeat, and feeling light-headed or fainting.

Storage

Store your medicines at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store them in the bathroom. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.

Disclaimer

We provide only general information about medications which does not cover all directions, possible drug integrations, or precautions. Information at the site cannot be used for self-treatment and self-diagnosis. Any specific instructions for a particular patient should be agreed with your health care adviser or doctor in charge of the case. We disclaim reliability of this information and mistakes it could contain. We are not responsible for any direct, indirect, special or other indirect damage as a result of any use of the information on this site and also for consequences of self-treatment.

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