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Propecia and its side effects are the most concerning question right now when deciding whether to take the drug or not for hair loss. On April 11, 2012 the FDA expanded the warning label on the drug Finasteride-5mg (Proscar), which is used to treat symptoms in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and is also approved to reduce urinary retention risk or the need for surgery related to BPH. Finasteride-1mg (Propecia) is also used to treat male pattern hair loss (gradual thinning of the hair on the scalp, leading to a receding hairline or balding on the top of the head in men.) Finasteride (Propecia) has not been shown to treat thinning hair at the temples and is not used to treat hair loss in women or children, and in that case hair restoration is sometimes the only option.
The revised warning label for Propecia states that some men who took the drug experienced ejaculation disorders, and orgasm disorders, libido disorders that persisted after they were no longer taking it. A revision to the Proscar label will include decreased libido that continued after discontinuation of the drug. In addition, the labels for both drugs were amended to include a description of reported cases of male infertility and poor semen quality that improved or normalized after discontinuation.
According to the U.S Food and Drug Administration, the changes were based on its review of hundreds of case reports of sexual dysfunction that continued after patients stopped using the drugs.