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?
25 , 175 cm , 71 kg
What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)?
finasteride 6 months +
saw palmetto 1 months
minoxidil 6 months
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?
1mg daily , saw palmetto 3000mg , minoxidil only a little on hairline at day and nigh
What condition was being treated with the drug?
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)?
6 months +
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug?
25 , March of 2021
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
25 , Sep of 2021
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects?
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
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Loss of Libido / Sex Drive (Happened when I quitted Fin , but it seems coming back recently)
Loss of Morning Erections (Happened when I was still taking Fin , but it seems coming back recently with 40-50% hardness )
Loss of Spontaneous Erections
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Watery Ejaculate (Happened when I was still taking Fin , but it seems coming back recently with more white semen )
Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat (Happened when I was still taking Fin , but it becomes better now )
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 (Happened when I was still taking Fin , but it becomes better now )
Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
Gynecomastia (male breasts) ( I got puberty Gyno , but it seems increased a bit while on fin , now still have puffy nipple )
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?
I tried vitamin A , B ,C , D , E , K , creatine , zinc , L arginine , L citrulline , pycnogenol
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.
Because of my insecurities and pressures that I was living aboard alone , I took fin , min under six months to prevent hair loss . The biggest regret is that I didn’t even know if my hair loss caused by my gene / DHT and I did it only for maintenance.
While on fin , I’ve already got breast tenderness , needed manual stimulation to have erection / orgasm , but I still on it cause I was mislead that sides could go away by itself while on fin . I’m a fool ! and I ignored those side effects , kept taking and ignoring it with six months . and the sides , as I remembered , had already appeared after 1-2 month taking finasteride !
After I graduated in UK , I went back to HK and during quarantine , I finally realized the abnormalities of my bodies , the breast tenderness continues , and in one day after waking up , I felt so bad and I found out I couldn’t have any erection at all , and my mind was like in complete calmness , having zero libido . I tried masturbating , but it required manual stimulation at all to achieve hardness , the ejaculation was clean and watery liquids
On 13th Sep , I stopped all the drugs