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Baldness Drug Tied to Severe Depression

Thursday, 09 August 2012 08:29 AM

Men who use a drug that combats baldness can suffer severe depression and sexual dysfunction, even long after they stopped using it, according to a study.

A George Washington University researcher compared 61 former users of Propecia who had sexual side effects to a control group of healthy balding men who had not used the drug and reported no psychiatric symptoms, according to the Los Angeles Times. Sixty-four percent of the ex-Propecia users reported moderate or severe symptoms of depression compared to none in the control group. Forty-four percent of the drug users reported suicidal thoughts, while only 3 percent of the control group did.

Reports of such side effects are not new. The Food and Drug Administration recently ordered that Propecia, known generically as finasteride, be relabeled to list sexual and psychiatric side effects, but this latest research shows the depression may be more serious than previously realized, the paper reports.

To read the full Los Angeles Times story, go here.

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