I’m a 27 year old man from Northern Ireland and on February the 28th of this year I had decided to take the plunge and try finasteride as I was feeling insecure about losing my hair. I was aware of finasteride side effects beforehand and was aware of them but I never knew that it would systimatically destroy my body.
The first day that I took the pill within a few hours, I had felt tingling down my entire face and my heart started racing like a horse I thought I just go home and sleep it off, the next day I awoke my penis had shrunk, literally looked like I was 7 again, I shit myself and decided to watch porn right there and then and I couldn’t no matter how hard I tried there was instant disconnect between brain and penis. I then began to hear ringing noise in both ears (tinnitus) and extreme fatigue, 3 weeks I laid up in bed completely dumbfounded as to how 1 pill could cause so much havoc in my body. Forwarded on March 17th just as I thought I was seeing a slight improvement I had contracted a respiratory infection and boy o’ boy did my world turn upside down. My whole body crashed unlike anything I had ever experienced, 10 times worse than any flu or cold I ever had, I went straight to hospital they run tests and sent me home this would be one of many visits over the coming months. After the viral illness my symptoms progressed, I had pains and aches in every part of body especially in the places lymph nodes are located (neck, underarms, backs of legs) I had oral thrush for several weeks, blurry vision (floaters in eyes) that got worse, cognitive decline, diarrhea for months which I lost over 15lbs in weight, extreme fatigue (I couldn’t get out of bed for months unless it was going to the hospital). I should also state that I sent away for a toxicology report which came back today that read High calcium/potassium ratio, low sodium/magnesium ratio both indicative of Reduced thyroid function and Reduced adrenal cortical function.
My life has been destroyed from only 1 pill, I wish more awareness was brought forward about the side effects not listed instead of having to find out about them on this.