William McKee said after his hair started falling out he began taking the hair growth pill Propecia.
He said a short time later, he began to develop breasts and his hips began to widen.
The former Silicon Valley entrepreneur, who wears a long blond wig because he is still bald, says his shoulders “were literally falling into a more feminine position” and his “hips were loosening and becoming wider as a woman’s body.”
McKee, who says he never had any hidden desire to be a cross dresser before taking Propecia, said he became a cross dresser and then changed his name to Mandi.
He said he is now considering a full sex change.
McKee said his wife has since left him and has taken his five year old son with her.
Lawsuits filed in 27 states by men who say the wonder drug screwed up their sexuality have been linked together in Brooklyn federal court.
A spokesman for Merck, the drug’s maker, said, ‘No causal relationship has been established between Propecia and persistent sexual side effects.’
Brooklyn attorney Marc Grossman, whose firm represents more than 300 former Propecia users, said many had breast growth. He also said animal studies on Propecia showed an increased propensity for homosexuality.
Grossman estimates that more than 1,500 Propecia users will come forward but added, ‘Many men are embarrassed to reveal their problems to anyone, including their doctors, so thousands more will go on living with the condition in private.’
This was taken from the website dedicated to the side effects of Propecia.
Propeciasideeffects.com was formed to spread the word about the undocumented potentially irreversible side effects caused by using Propecia (finasteride) 1mg each day. A number of males have suffered erectile dysfunction, impotence, low libido and gynecomestica after using Propecia. The shattering truth for these males is that the side effects did not disappear after ceasing finasteride. The shattering truth is that years later these individuals are still suffering in silence with a seriously reduced quality of life due to erectile dysfunction and impotence. It is not know exactly what causes these changes and how to screen individuals before treatment.
The purpose of this site is to spread the word to others considering using Propecia and also to provide as an informational exchange and gathering place for those who are already suffering.
Thinking of using Propecia? Can you imagine a life with a seriously reduced ability to obtain and maintain an erection? Read on…. You may want to think again.
Taken from Propecia’s website
Important Risk Information About PROPECIA
PROPECIA is for the treatment of male pattern hair loss in MEN ONLY and should NOT be used by women or children.
Women who are or may be pregnant must not use PROPECIA and should not handle crushed or broken PROPECIA tablets because the active ingredient may cause abnormalities of a male baby’s sex organs. If a woman who is pregnant comes into contact with the active ingredient in PROPECIA, a doctor should be consulted. PROPECIA tablets are coated and will prevent contact with the active ingredient during normal handling provided that the tablets are not broken or crushed.
You should not use PROPECIA if you are allergic to finasteride or any of the ingredients of PROPECIA.
In clinical studies for PROPECIA, a small number of men experienced certain sexual side effects, such as less desire for sex, difficulty in achieving an erection, or a decrease in the amount of semen. Each of these side effects occurred in less than 2% of men and went away in men who stopped taking PROPECIA because of them.
In general use, the following have been reported: breast tenderness and enlargement (tell your doctor about any changes in your breasts such as lumps, pain, or nipple discharge); depression; decrease in sex drive that continued after stopping the medication; allergic reactions including rash, itching, hives, and swelling of the lips and face; problems with ejaculation that continued after stopping medication; testicular pain; difficulty in achieving an erection that continued after stopping the medication; male infertility and/or poor quality of semen; and, in rare cases, male breast cancer. Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.