I have been taking Propecia for a few years. I am convinced that Propecia has caused both a reduction in the size of my erections and a significant increase in breast tissue. (However, I would not discourage anyone from taking Propecia. It appears that cases like mine are a very small minority so I would tell any prospective Propecia user to take the drug and see how it works for them. We don’t all have identical bodies. Some of us react differently.)
I am well aware of all of the published results of drug trials on Propecia. I don’t need to be reminded. What I can say is that I personally have not had a positive experience with this drug. Can I prove Propecia reduced the size of my erections and increased the amount of breast tissue? No. I have seen several doctors, including specialists, about this and most of them react the same way Dr. Rassman hasâ€“they point to the drug trials. Again, I KNOW what the drug trials say. I KNOW they don’t support my hypothesis.
That being said, any doctor would be foolish to think these drug trials are the last word on the effects of a drug that was developed as recently as finasteride (Propecia.) When there is a long term study of 20 years or more that focuses DIRECTLY on erection size and breast size then, and only then, can a doctor point to drug trials with complete confidence.
In the past few years we’ve all become aware of the flaws that exist in the relationship between the FDA and pharmaceutical companies. We all know the story of Vioxx. Even the former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, Marcia Angell, wrote a book highly critical of Big Pharma.
The public doesn’t see the results of ALL the trials that are conducted on a drug. Pharmaceutical companies can cancel trials if they’re not going the way they would hope. They then have the freedom to start trials again and you’ll never hear about the former trials. Often the only published results we see are positive ones. Negative ones go unpublished. We all have to remember that pharmaceutical companies are businesses first and foremost.
Bottom line: If I don’t like the effects of a drug I always have the choice to quit. Just don’t annoy me and point to drug trials when I can see with my own eyes that my body has changed. I don’t need a medical degree to measure my penis or notice that my previously flat pectorals are now pointy.
Every person has the ability to make the decisions that are best for them. I agree with you in that problems with erections and breast tissue may be caused by Propecia, and in your individual case, it sounds like that is what is happening … and that does not make you crazy. That being said, the information we have available is factual and published, and that is the best that I can point to.