4 Year saw palmetto sufferer

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)? UK

How did you find this forum (Google search – if so, what search terms? Persistent side effects of saw palmetto.

What is your current age, height, weight? 24, 188cm, 110kg, 102kg

What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)? Saw Palmetto.

What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)? 500mg a day.

What condition was being treated with the drug? Hair loss.

For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)? Roughly 3 months.

How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug? 20, 29/5/2016.

How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit? 20, 31/08/2016.

How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)? Cold turkey.

How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects? 8 Weeks.

What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation? Lowered libido, e.d, brain fog, feeling detached, inability to deal with stress, dry skin, dry hair, grainy vision, eye floaterers, mild depression.

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[:heavy_check_mark: ] Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
[:heavy_check_mark: ] Erectile Dysfunction
Complete Impotence
[:heavy_check_mark: ] Loss of Morning Erections
[:heavy_check_mark: ] Loss of Spontaneous Erections
[:heavy_check_mark: ] Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Watery Ejaculate
Reduced Ejaculate
Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility

[:heavy_check_mark: ] Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
[:heavy_check_mark: ] Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
[:heavy_check_mark: ] Memory Loss / Forgetfulness
[:heavy_check_mark: ] Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
[:heavy_check_mark: ] Slurring of Speech
[:heavy_check_mark: ] Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
Severe Depression / Melancholy
Suicidal Thoughts

Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
Testicular Pain
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
Weight Gain
[:heavy_check_mark: ] Gynecomastia (male breasts)
Muscle Wastage
Muscle Weakness
Joint Pain
[:heavy_check_mark: ] Dry / Dark Circles under eyes

Prostate pain
Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
Tinnitus (ringing or high pitched sound in ears)
Hearing loss
Increased hair loss
Frequent urination
[:heavy_check_mark: ] Lowered body temperature

[:heavy_check_mark: ] Other (please explain) Adrenal issues.

What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug? None.

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)? Listed below story.

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.

I have been a lurker on this forum for sometime and have finally decided to share my story as I have some free time. Around May 2016 I discovered that I was losing my hair and decided to seek treatment for it. So I visited a hair loss clinic near me which recommended a saw palmetto supplement which contained 500mg of saw palmetto berry extract and 8 other dht inhibitors. I took this supplement once daily for about 3 months, starting from May to the end of August and noticed after about 7-8 weeks that I had developed side effects like low libido, e.d, brain fog etc. Same as listed above. I persisted with the supplement as I was told that these side effects would eventually go away and that I was also desperate keep my hair at the time. Another 4 weeks later and the sides are all still there. It was at this point I decided to quit the supplement because I was worried it was doing more harm than good and I wanted to feel normal again. Unfortunately, even after more than 4 years later the side effects still persist, I haven’t really gotten better or worse since quitting. The only thing that seems to worsen my condition temporarily is weightlifting or too much stress. I also want to add that I didn’t experience the crash that others do here.

I do have blood test results which I took very recently that I would like to share, and I would be very appreciative if someone could maybe offer some advice or some suggestions on what I should do next based off these. Thank you.

I am very sorry to hear it’s been 4 years now and you are still suffering. I am a victim of Saw Palmetto too. It’s been an year and a half for me.
Many guys here have their hormones on track and still experience all nasty symptoms which is extremely confusing. In such cases you feel hopeless as you don’t know how to approach the problem.
Not in your case though. Your tests results actually confirm your symptoms which could be a good thing as you can work with an endocrinologist and discuss a treatment.
You have a very high Prolactin, I do so too. It came out very high twice. My progesterone was sky high as well. Doctors kept saying I was fine and i shouldn’t be worried. However i knew something was wrong and after only a quick research i found out high Prolactin is commonly caused by a benign tumor of pituitary gland (not always though). So I booked myself an appointment for MRI test. It turned out i got the tumor. I am still going through an extremely challenging time and every day is a nightmare for me.
I would advise you to see a good endocrinologist. Meanwhile you can perform MRI test of your pituitary gland so at least you will have this cleared.
Wish you a good luck and please keep us posted.

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What’s ur recovery update ?