The use of anti-hair loss drugs is common among many men. Many men use these drugs without consulting a doctor and without knowing the side effects of these drugs. Studies show that drugs that prevent Hair loss is used, there is a risk of impotence. The side effects of these drugs can continue even for years after use.
Men who take finasteride, a drug used to treat hair loss, are at risk for problems with their sex lives. The main problems of these men are erectile dysfunction, loss of sexual desire and abnormal ejaculation.
The brochure of this drug, which describes how to use it and its side effects, states that these disorders can continue for a long time after the end of using this drug. Of course, the brochure does not say how likely these disorders are to occur.
Dutasteride, which is used to prevent male prostate enlargement, also has side effects that can lead to impotence. Both finasteride and dutasteride affect the sex hormone testosterone.
A medical team focused its research on this point and wanted to determine how many of these possible side effects are and how long it takes to directly affect impotence.
Scientists from a research team at the School of Medicine at the University of Finnberg in Chicago, USA, under the auspices of Steven Belknap, examined the information in the case file of about 12,000 men. These sick men were those who had taken one or both of these drugs and had no sexual problems before taking them.
A report published in the scientific journal PeerJ states that the health of these men has been compared with that of men who have not taken the drug, and that those who have taken the drug for a short time have been compared with men who have had it for a long time. They have used these drugs.
The results of this study show that impotence is high among those who have taken these drugs. One in 17 men who have taken one of these two drugs has impotence.
Of course, impotence is less common among men who are under the age of 42 and therefore have low doses of drugs, and one in every 31 people in this group has impotence.
Problems continue for up to three years
In most cases, the side effects of these drugs disappear after use. The results of this study show that in 1.4% of cases, side effects continue for a long time after the end of medication and the average duration of side effects is 1348 days after the end of medication, which is more than three and a half years.
The study found that men under the age of 42 who took finasteride for more than 205 days were one-fifth more likely to be at risk for long-term impotence than men who took it for less than 20 days.
That’s why researchers are urging doctors to be more aware of the side effects of these drugs when prescribing them to their patients.