Penile Vascular Abnormalities in Young Men with Persistent Side Effects After Finasteride Use for the Treatment of Androgenic Alopecia

    Mohit Khera, Jeffrey K. Than, James Anaissie, Ali Antar, Weitao Song, Boriss Losso, Alexander W. Pastuszak, Taylor P. Kohn, Jorge Rivera Mirabal
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    TLDR Finasteride for hair loss may cause lasting sexual, genitourinary, mental, and anti-androgenic side effects in young men.
    The study investigated the persistent side effects of finasteride use for androgenic alopecia in young men. The study found that the use of 5-alpha reductase inhibitors (5ARI) for AGA may lead to persistent sexual, genitourinary, psycho-cognitive, and anti-androgenic changes even after discontinuation of the therapy. The study also presented data on penile vascular abnormalities in young men with persistent side effects after finasteride use for the treatment of AGA. The study recommends additional clinical studies to assess non-sexual side effects that may persist after discontinuation of the drug and suggests that patients should be extensively counseled and monitored for possible side effects after initiation and discontinuation of this medication class.
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