Propecia: the anti-baldness treatment suspected of destroying the libido and pushing to depression, complaints envisaged

Propecia was already suspected of generating sexual disorders. He now sees the accumulation of suspicions of provocation of depressions and suicidal thoughts. The National Agency for Medicines and Health Products plans to include these new risks on the package leaflet.

For some, it was the miracle pill that allowed them to stop the fall of their hair. But for others, it is the drug that has destroyed their libido and pushed them into depression. And, according to the testimony of some families, the suicide of their loved one.

The Propecia, a trade name for a molecule called “finasteride” and marketed by the US company Merck, is in the health sautorités collimator. This product put into circulation in 1999 blocks the action of testosterone responsible for hair loss. Although it is effective in 80% of cases (it has no effect in 20% of patients), it nevertheless has constraints such as having to be taken daily for life or losing all the benefits but persists in the ‘organization. The leaflet, hitherto, warned against the risks, in about 1% of the cases, of temporary sexual disorders disappearing at the end of the treatment. However, suspicion begins to appear: the effects would be more serious than that, and would be, for some,

The National Agency for Medicines and Health Products is worried about cases of connection between taking finasteride and cases of depression or even suicidal ideation. “The ANSM, therefore, wishes to inform patients and health professionals that any change in mood should lead to a break in treatment and monitoring,” says the Agency. The letter also requests a modification of the instructions to include the risk of depression and suicidal thoughts.

Some consumers of finasteride are beginning to testify in the media to explain, moreover, that the side effects of the molecule do not disappear when treatment is stopped. The decline, or even the loss of libido, would indeed be total after a prolonged intake according to the people concerned, in addition to great fatigue.

According to a study published in 2012, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the warning was already launched on the drug which, in addition to prolonged impotence, could stimulate the appearance of the breast in men and reduce the size of the organ genital. Several patients are now considering filing a complaint in France, following similar procedures in the United States or Canada.

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Baldness: Researchers have discovered a cell that could stop hair loss

Here is a discovery that will delight men. While researchers at the University of San Francisco were working on skin regeneration, they discovered that some cells in our immune system played a vital role in hair regrowth.

While doing research on skin generation, scientists at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) have made an astonishing discovery that could overcome baldness. Some cells in our immune system, called regulatory T cells, would play “a key role in the regeneration of hair follicles,” said Professor Michael Rosenblum. The researchers found that the hair only regrows if these T cells are present and active. “Stem cells remain very important in all stages of hair regrowth, ” said the Californian dermatologist before adding that “the number of active T cells abounds when the stem cells result in the formation of a new hair”.

Scientists made this discovery by chance. It is by observing the healing of wounds in mice that the researchers realized the effect of this cell. “We shaved the mice and removed the cells responsible for the inflammation, and found that in the absence of these cells, the hair did not grow back, ” explains Rosenblum.

While baldness affects one in two men over 55, a miracle cure may be about to emerge. Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Texas had already made a symbolic discovery in the treatment of baldness by isolating the molecule KROX20.

Mr Rosenblum also reassured people suffering from baldness: “Many pharmaceutical companies are already working on treatments that consist in increasing the number of T cells in the blood.”