- 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?)
Google searching ‘propecia side effects’
- What is your current age, height, weight?
20, 5’10, 165
- Do you excercise regularly? If so, what type of excercise?
- What type of diet do you eat (vegetarian, meat eater, raw, fast-food/organic healthy)?
Very healthy meat and vegetable diet
- For how long did you take Finasteride (weeks/months/years)?
5 months on and off, different dosages
- How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start Finasteride?
- What type of Finasteride did you use – Propecia, Proscar, Fincar or other generic?
- How long into your use of Finasteride did you notice the onset of side effects?
Straight away; i believe my body was very sensitive to it
- What side effects did you experience while on the drug that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
Put an X beside all that apply:
Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
Loss of Morning Erections
Loss of Spontaneous Erections
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Inability to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
Memory Loss / Forgetfullness
Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
Slurring of Speech
Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
Depression / Melancholy
Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
Gynecomastia (male breasts)
Dry / Dark Circles under eyes
Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
Increased hair loss
Lowered body temperature
Other (please explain)
Treatments that i have tried
Proviron (5 days)
Numerous health supplements
Phenibut (very good for sleep)
Thyroid treatment (T3 and armour thyroid)
At the moment all i take is pharmaceutical grade fish oil
September 2009: it was only a few weeks before i moved away from home for university after nailing my exams and having a great few months over the summer. Throughout the summer, and especially in September my hair loss began to effect my self esteem, although i was generally still very content because i had a girlfriend i was happy with and therefore i didn’t think about it for any extended period of time. I shaved my head for the first time and it looked fine, it literally just took a few days of adapting. Problems with me began the minute i left my girlfriend for the last time and i was about to move away; i just felt very empty and instantly became quite depressed. At this point in time i started to research potential solutions for the hair loss and i came across a very useful forum which i am sure we are all aware of and upon reading the medical literature publicized by Merck, i ended up ordering generic FINCAR from inhousepharmacy as a cheap alternative to being prescribed propecia by a doctor. I was aware of the temporary side effects and thought ‘what do i have to lose?’ i was shaving my head anyway, i just wanted to maintain my hair density into my early twenties so that i would have the confidence to live my life to the fullest. To cut a long story short, i was on and off the drug consistently due to the same side effects appearing every time i took it (testicles aching, watery semen, worsening anxiety and brain fog). I was able to take the drug and then quit it cold turkey a number of times with no problems at all and all the side effects would reverse. However, i regretfully took it one last time and only stopped when an Egyptian doctor told me that i shouldn’t be taking an anti androgen at my age. 2-4 weeks later (i honestly can’t remember) one morning i woke up and i felt absolutely terrible. My penis went numb, i kept urinating and excreting but couldn’t even do that properly, i felt incredibly anxious for no reason and i was very itchy all over below the waistline.
It has been 15 months since my symptoms appeared and it’s possible to say that things are only getting worse for me at this point in time. Here is a list of my most prominent issues:
. i will get to sleep at night with a peaceful mind only to wake up 2-3 hours later with severe anxiety and heart palpitations. This process will repeat itself until i get roughly 5 hours of sleep, then i might start my day. It is often the case that in the evenings i start to feel quite anxious and palpitations begin.
. NO morning or nocturnal erections, maybe some fullness at times
. low sex drive
. penile shrinkage (fluctuates)
. my semen looks as if it is completely water and the volume is about 10% of what it used to be
. my penis tip is very pale and blotchy most of the time, generally that whole area looks very unhealthy
. any stress or adrenaline and i start to feel terrible; i can’t think straight, interaction with others becomes disturbingly difficult and i become depressed
. it feels like i am shaking inside when i am under any stress or adrenaline hits me, often it just occurs randomly
This whole experience has completely changed my life. When i was within a year of coming off the drug i would always believe that it was just a matter of time before i completely recovered. Unfortunately, this is clearly not the case and i am dealing with some very complicated issues that aren’t going to just go away on there own. Despite being an otherwise healthy, athletic male with a very clean diet and easy going lifestyle, my symptoms continue to worsen.
During these 15 months of hell i have experienced 4-5 brief recoveries where i felt like the person i used to be. Everything began working as they should sexually, sleep improved and any anxiety/ depression completely cleared. These moments have lasted no more than a few days and i have usually felt even worse afterwards. The positive thing to take from these experiences is that i have been able to witness my body return almost completely to normal, which at least shows it’s possible. The sad thing is, i have absolutely no idea what true cause of such improvements were so i cannot think of any sort of treatment to get me to that state again.
I am now prepared to try anything that has potential in order to improve my condition even if that comes with risks