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For those men, "it's a life sentence," said lead researcher Abdulmaged M.
Traish, a professor of biochemistry and urology at Boston University School of Medicine. Almost everyone who takes these drugs experiences some of these side effects, Traish said. The drugs -- prescribed to treat a common urological condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia BPH and baldness -- work by blocking androgen. In the case of BPH, this helps reduce the enlarged prostate, making urination easier.
But there's a downside. Noting that increasing numbers of patients report ongoing sexual problems after they stop taking the drugs, Traish said, "That's where the light should be shined.