A doctor is blaming hair-growth drug, Propecia, for his son’s suicide. Use of Propecia (finasteride), in some cases, has been linked to depression and sexual dysfunction.
Propecia is part of a class of drugs known as 5-alpha reductase inhibitors (5-ARIs), and is approved to treat male pattern baldness. A 5-mg dosage of finasteride, sold under the brand name Proscar, is marketed by Merck & Co. to treat enlarged prostate. Propecia and Proscar work by preventing the conversion of androgen testosterone to DHT, a hormone critical to male sexual performance, NewsInferno explained. (more…)