The problems with Proscar and Propecia

The problems with Proscar and Propecia

You just have no idea about how much research is manipulated by Big Pharma.

Almost any study performed in the past 20 years is highly suspect if it points to the benefits of a Big Pharma product.

I mean these studies are completely bogus with Big Pharma running the show.

They play with the statistical analysis and massaging the data.

Tricks like stopping or starting the tests to help make the case are common.

And Big Pharma is great for ignoring terrible side effects.

Then they reclassify the cause those side effects, so they don’t cast aspersions on the product that they are trying to sell.

Nothing that comes out of these studies is trustworthy.

I’ve told you many times that you and I are the guinea pig.

When we take a Big Pharma product, it may be years before the terrible side effects reveal themselves.

Eventually, they take the drug from the market — but by then it will already have made billions of dollars for Big Pharma.

Today I want to show you how this happened with finasteride and dutasteride.

What is finasteride?

These are given to young men to help them keep their hair and to older men to help them with prostate problems.

So Big Pharma is so desperate for profit that they’ll risk your life for hair loss pills.

It was known for decades that finasteride and dutasteride produce persistent erectile dysfunction in men.

And that when men stopped taking the products, they don’t always get better.

But somehow, Big Pharma swept this under the rug.

And they continue sweeping it under the rug.

Most doctors probably still discount this as they merrily prescribe these dangerous Big Pharma products.

The worst ED was in men who are taking this for a long time, either as Propecia, for hair loss, or Proscar, for prostate issues.

They’re the same drug, just with a different name.

But if you are taking these with a NSAID, you have almost five times as much risk for persistent ED.

If you know how this product works, you automatically realize that it has to be terrible for erectile dysfunction.

This drug stops the conversion of testosterone and other male hormones into DHT.

Men taking it have very low DHT.

And high levels of DHT is a requirement for satisfactory sexual performance and lots of other things.

Men taking these have DHT levels:

corresponding to “circulating levels of 5α-DHT similar to those following castration.”

That can’t be good.

Dutasteride reduces serum 5α-DHT by 90%.

Now here’s where you have to ask how this Big Pharma product ever got approved??

It results in men having almost no DHT in their bodies.

DHT is arguably the most important male hormone — even more important than testosterone.

And the terrible side effects don’t always show up immediately.

That’s the big problem because most drugs are only tested for about a year at their final stage.

That easy, they’re approved, and doctors start to prescribe them.

One year is not nearly enough time to observe the side effects.

A long-term study found that men with prostatic hyperplasia who were exposed to finasteride had a progressive, and clinically significant, decline in testosterone over 45 months.

The decline in testosterone was over about four years.

And it was a very substantial decline — maybe even permanent.

But even one week’s use is too much.

In men exposed to finasteride for one week, effective androgen levels in the prostate are similar to those in castrated men.

What other medications are you taking right now?

They could have terrible side effects you are not aware of yet.

Just listen to your body.

I’ve already explained in other newsletters how medications cause more issues than Big Pharma will admit.

For example, ACE inhibitors prescribed for high blood pressure cause significant erectile dysfunction.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Statins can cause ED and so can many other medications.

And that is on top of even worse side effects that may throw hormones so out of whack that you can never recover.

My suggestion is to try to do everything you can to stay off of these medications.

Don’t just listen to me — work with your doctor.

But see if you can figure things out together to find better ways to manage your health.

You can find ways that do not include these dangerous medications.

And if the doctor gives them to you and you feel that you don’t want them, consider finding a different doctor.

 

 


Matt Cook is editor-in-chief of Daily Medical Discoveries. Matt has been a full time health researcher for 26 years. ABC News interviewed Matt on sexual health issues not long ago. Matt is widely quoted on over 1,000,000 websites. He has over 300,000 daily newsletter readers. Daily Medical Discoveries finds hidden, buried or ignored medical studies through the lens of 100 years of proven science. Matt heads up the editorial team of scientists and health researchers. Each discovery is based upon primary studies from peer reviewed science sources following the Daily Medical Discoveries 7 Step Process to ensure accuracy.
Persistent erectile dysfunction in men exposed to the 5α-reductase inhibitors, finasteride, or dutasteride 
https://peerj.com/articles/3020/ 

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