Where are you from (country)? Italy
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? 25 years, 182 cm, 70 kg
What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)? Isotretinoin, Citalopram, Escitalopram, Saw palmetto, Finasteride.
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)? Saw palmetto extract 320mg/day, Finasteride 1,25mg/day
What condition was being treated with the drug? Male pattern baldness
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)? Saw palmetto about a year. Finasteride almost two weeks.
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug? 21 years. August 2015.
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit? 22 years. October 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? During first saw palmetto cycle in august 2015 I noticed only memory problem and a slow growth rate of beard. I suspended it in late august 2015 for about two weeks and then I massively crashed.
I restarted saw palmetto about a while until February 2016 when I took 1,25mg of finasteride for about 10 days. Testicular and chest pain and also penile shrinkage are occurred. Stopped finasteride I switched again to saw palmetto until October 2016. Exactly one month last pills of serenoa repens my heart started to racing and I developed insomnia.
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
Put an X beside all that apply:
Loss of Libido / Sex Drive FIXED WITH HCG AND ANASTROZOLE
Erectile Dysfunction FIXED WITH HCG AND ANASTROZOLE
Complete Impotence RESOLVED
Loss of Morning Erections
Loss of Spontaneous Erections
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm RESOLVED
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat FIXED WITH SSRI
Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating FIXED WITH REDBULL AND GLUCURONOLACTONE
Confusion FIXED WITH REDBULL AND GLUCURONOLACTONE
Memory Loss / Forgetfulness FIXED WITH REDBULL AND GLUCURONOLACTONE
Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought FIXED WITH REDBULL AND GLUCURONOLACTONE
Slurring of Speech FIXED WITH REDBULL AND GLUCURONOLACTONE
Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency FIXED WITH SSRI
Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks RESOLVED
Severe Depression / Melancholy RESOLVED
Suicidal Thoughts RESOLVED
Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
Testicular Pain RESOLVED
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
Gynecomastia (male breasts)
Muscle Weakness FIXED WITH BETAMETHASONE/DEXAMETHASONE
Dry / Dark Circles under eyes
Prostate pain RESOLVED
Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion FIXED WITH BETAMETHASONE/DEXAMETHASONE
Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems FIXED WITH TUDCA
Constipation / “Poo Pellets” FIXED WITH TUDCA
Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness FIXED WITH BETAMETHASONE/DEXAMETHASONE
Tinnitus (ringing or high pitched sound in ears) RESOLVED
Increased hair loss I’M COMPLETELY BALD LOL
Frequent urination RESOLVED
Lowered body temperature FIXED WITH HCG AND ANASTROZOLE
Other (please explain)
Insomnia FIXED WITH CLOMIPHENE AND ANASTROZOLE THEN LORAZEPAM AND OXATOMIDE. YOU CAN USE ALSO SSRI.
Dreams SEX DREAMS FIXED WITH HCG AND ANASTROZOLE
What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug? Betamethasone/Dexamethasone, Clomiphene and Anastrozole (used for 3 months, cured my insomnia), hCG and Anastrozole (COMPLETE FULL RECOVERY FOR 8 DAYS), Benzodiazepines, SSRI, TUDCA, Oxatomide.
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)? I have pre-drug blood tests and there are no particularly differences.
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 used a lot of drugs in my life like isotretinoin (for me it was a miracle drug) to treat severe acne with no adverse reactions. I have used antidepressant SSRI to treat agoraphobia with excellent results and no adverse reactions, only low libido but resolved with the discontinuation.
I have never imagine that an herbal extract like saw palmetto could ruined my life
The major issues remain on physical state.
I have pot belly and extreme bloating, penile shrinkage, muscle wastage and loss of muscle tone and workout with heavy weights doesn’t help. I have increased dramatically my strenght but my muscles don’t bump.
I have achieved only one complete recovery with hcG and anastrozole and for 8 days all symptoms disappeared (with an amazing muscle tone and insane libido). I was in GOD MODE.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.