Welcome to our community. Please fill in the following template as a way of introducing yourself, and helping others to understand your background and situation.
Where are you from (country)?
How did you find this forum (Google search – if so, what search terms? Via link from a forum or website – if so, what page? Other?)
What is your current age, height, weight?
27, 5ft something and weigh about 9 stone
What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)?
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?
1mg for 3 weeks then missed a day then half an mg for a day
What condition was being treated with the drug?
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)?
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug?
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects?
Within the first week
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
Main thing is severe insomnia
Check the boxes that apply. You can save your post first, then interactively check/uncheck the boxes by clicking on them. If your symptoms change, please update your list.
[ x] Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
[ x] Loss of Morning Erections
Loss of Spontaneous Erections
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
[x ] Watery Ejaculate
Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
[x ] Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
[ x] Memory Loss / Forgetfulness
Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
Slurring of Speech
[x ] Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
[ x] Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
Severe Depression / Melancholy
[x ] Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
[ x] Testicular Pain
[x ] Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
[x ] Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
Gynecomastia (male breasts)
[x ] Muscle Weakness
[ x] Dry / Dark Circles under eyes
[ x] Prostate pain
Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
[ x] Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
Tinnitus (ringing or high pitched sound in ears)
Increased hair loss
[ x] Frequent urination
Lowered body temperature
Other (please explain)
What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?
Sleeping tablets, then the dr prescribed mirtazapine to help with sleep but I’m scared to take it incase it disrupts anything ( it’s an MOAI) dr didn’t really awknoledge what I was saying about by inability to sleep after taking fin
If you have pre or post-drug blood tests, what hormonal changes have you encountered since discontinuing the drug (please post your test results in the “Blood Tests” section and link to them in your post)?
No blood tests yet but I’m back at the drs soon and will request them
Anything not listed in the above questions you’d like to share about your experience?
Tell us your story, in your own words, about your usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.
Decided to order after a friend ( who is a junior doctor) told me about it for hair loss, got it really easily from Oxford online dictionary
It took a few days to arrive and then I took it everyday for 3 weeks along with a vit b12 supplement, as I’m vegan i take that anyway.
Penis doesn’t feel the same but seems to be increasing in size again after it seemed to have shrunk and changed texture for a while. I’m now abstaining from masterbating to see if that makes a difference. Main thing I care about is sleep as I’m like a zombie, barley getting any for three days at a time and then maybe getting 3-4 hours. I hope this subsided soon as I start a new job on the 20th of Jan but after reading lots of other stories I’m worried it’ll be like this now…