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ISHRS: Scientific Data Backs Propecia Safety, Efficacy

December 27th, 2011

In response to anecdotal evidence of sexual side effects continuing after stopping Propecia (finasteride 1mg), the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) has published a press release for the hair restoration community about the safety and efficacy of the drug.

The release notes that scientific data gathered from extensive testing finds no correlation between persistent sexual dysfunction and Propecia:

The ISHRS reports that there is no evidence-based data substantiating the link between finasteride and persistent sexual side effects after discontinued use of the drug in numerous, double blinded, placebo controlled studies conducted evaluating the use of Propecia 1mg for hair loss.

The ISHRS statement also touches on the fact that the exact cause of sexual dysfunction can be difficult to diagnose:

Sexual dysfunction is a complex disorder, and Dr. Martinick noted that it often can be hard to pinpoint the exact cause – particularly when multiple factors such as nicotine, alcohol, prescription medications, stress, anxiety, fatigue and depression can contribute to erectile dysfunction (ED).

In the interest of hair loss patients around the world, the ISHRS has formed a task force to examine the anecdotal reports of persistent sexual dysfunction by Propecia users. It has also called on medical communities from a variety of disciplines — dermatologists, hair loss physicians, urologists, endocrinologists and sexual medicine specialists — to share data and experiences.

Visit our section on Propecia to learn more about the medication, its use, and side effects.

Read the full ISHRS press release here.


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