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?) google search
What is your current age, height, weight? 44, 196cm, 98kg
What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)? finasteride
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?changed
What condition was being treated with the drug? Hair loss
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)? years
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug? 22
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit? in process
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)? tapering
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects? 6 months
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
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.
Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
[x ] Erectile Dysfunction
[x ] Loss of Morning Erections
[x ] Loss of Spontaneous Erections
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
[x ] Watery Ejaculate
[x ] Reduced Ejaculate
[x ] Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
[ x] Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
[ x] Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
[x ] Confusion
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
[x ] Severe Depression / Melancholy
[x ] Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
[x ] Gynecomastia (male breasts)
Dry / Dark Circles under eyes
[x ] Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
Tinnitus (ringing or high pitched sound in ears)
Increased hair loss
Lowered body temperature
Other (please explain)
What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug? still coming off
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)?
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.
So I’m 44 years old. I’ve been on Finasteride since I was about 21 or 22. I went on it because my hair was falling out fast. I remember my friends saying to me 'you’re going bald fast" etc and when I was aware of it lots of hair falling out and i was early 20’s. All the males in my family on both sides were bald. I did some research went to the doctor and asked for Propecia.
I took 1 mg a day. My hair stopped falling out and it even got thicker and grew back.
Over the journey I have had some gyno, my semen is watery, I get severe morning anxiety and depression, I have trouble making decisions, I swear I have had shrinkage, loss in motivation, can’t focus.
I can’t get erections… I cant remember the last time I had a hard erection normally without a trimix injection or a very high dose of viagra or cialsis . Most of the time I cant even get an erection with viagra or cialis.
Libido hasn’t been affected at all. I feel horny morning and night but just can’t get it up…so I have to masturbate in a flacid state . Spontaneous erections… haven’t had one since starting . So over 20 years.
So I’m slowly coming off . I;m down to 2mg a week max.
Truth is im mid 40s and like having full head of hair because im single and look 10 years younger and like dating younger girls. But I would love to get normal erections back, It may never be possible now.
I’m not angry or bitter at doctors or the maker of this drug. And the end of the day what
I put into my body is my decision and I take full responsibility for that. But doctors need to be aware and warn patients before they choose to do it…this is what could happen…they still don’t get the full degree of it.
If i was married or looked ok with a shaved head no way I would ever take finasteride. It’s poison but it does work wonders for hair loss.
So as I slowly taper off completely now after 20 years I will make notes about sides, medications I may use, how I cope with hair falling out, what my doctor says etc.