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?
61 6’3” 275
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.)?
What condition was being treated with the drug? BPH
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)?
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug?59 4-17
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit? 59 7-17
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?
Brain fog, memory loss, overall quality of life, sexual side effects,
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
X Loss of Spontaneous Erections
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
X Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
X Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
X Memory Loss / Forgetfulness
X Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
X Slurring of Speech
X Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
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 Weight Gain
Gynecomastia (male breasts)
X Muscle Wastage
X Muscle Weakness
Dry / Dark Circles under eyes
X Prostate pain
X Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
X Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
X Tinnitus (ringing or high pitched sound in ears)
Increased hair loss
Lowered body temperature
X Other (please explain) overall malaise
What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug? Focus on quizzes daily
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?
Finasteride should be illegal
Tell us your story, in your own words, about your usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.
This drug had side effects from the onset. It did work for prostate condition and was my alternative to surgery. Had been told and read online it was effective. I was foggy and unbalanced from pill 1, continued treatment until I thought it was going to actually kill me, I was just sitting with my head in my hands. I thought my side effects would clear, but memory loss and brain fog seem permanent 2 years later. I was a director of cardiopulmonary, top of my game in profession. A neo-natal trauma ventilation specialist. I could not have a persons life in my hands again after finasteride. I can function and I focus on health, diet, workouts, finding joy. Everyday is a challenge. This poison took my ability to save lives away. This poison took my vitality away. It robbed me of many long term memories. But, I still have a strong faith in God. I will persevere and try to do anything I can to stop anyone from taking this poison.