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)? Austria
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
What is your current age, height, weight? 23, 183cm, 90kg
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.)? 1mg/day
What condition was being treated with the drug? Androgenic alopecia
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)? 2 days
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug? 23
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit? 23
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)? cold turkey
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects? 3 hours
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
Muscle pain, muscle stiffness, muscle weakness, anxiety, difficulty swallowing, headache, 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.
Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
Loss of Morning Erections
Loss of Spontaneous Erections
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
Memory Loss / Forgetfulness
Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
Slurring of Speech
Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
Severe 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
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? Paracetamol and Ibuprofen for the pain
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.
Hey guys, my name is Michael I’m 23 and I live in Austria. On the 16th of September I went to my Derm to get a prescription for Finasteride because of MBP. I knew about the side effects and PFS but brushed it off. 3 hours after the first pill I started noticing headaches and dizziness but given that some side effects are supposed to stop after some time I decided to work through it, stupid decision I know. The next morning I woke up with a stiff neck and all side effects from the previous day but still decided to go for the second dose. Later that day I started noticing problems with getting and holding an erection which freaked me out enough to quit Fin.
While my erections have recovered my neck stiffness and headache remained for the next 4 weeks. On the 7th of October in the evening while getting ready to go to sleep my legs suddenly got extremely weak and I started having a burning sensation on my quads and calves. It felt like a sunburn and was tender to touch. This was probably the moment of my crash.
I started taking Paracetamol and Ibuprofen for my pain but about half a week later my symptoms have worsened. The muscle weakness has spread to my arms. I have substantial muscle pain in my chest, arms, legs, abdomen, shoulders and back. Ever since my crash my anxiety has been skyrocketing. I seem to have panic attacks ever hour. Yesterday I started having trouble with swallowing which could be an anxiety symptom but I’m not sure. Either way I’ll try my best to recover and not be miserable about my current condition.