Arahant intro - My experience with PSSD after Sertraline

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?)

Link from a forum

What is your current age, height, weight?

35, 182 cm, 104 kg

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.)?

range: 25 - 150 mg

What condition was being treated with the drug?


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

About one year.

How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug?

31 yo - 17-Mar-2015

How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?

32 yo - 4-Mar-2016

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

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?

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] Erectile Dysfunction
Complete Impotence
[ X] Loss of Morning Erections
[X ] Loss of Spontaneous Erections
[ X] Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Watery Ejaculate
Reduced Ejaculate
[ X] 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
Suicidal Thoughts

Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
Testicular Pain
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
[ X ] Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
Weight Gain
Gynecomastia (male breasts)
Muscle Wastage
Muscle Weakness
Joint Pain
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
Lowered body temperature

Other (please explain)

What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?

Tried Wellbutrin and ended with jaw clenching, neck stiffness, and tinnitus.

The second attempt is by taking Buspirone and Hydroxyzine.

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.

I posted on PSSD forum:

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Welcome to this community, @arahant. I read your post on the PSSD forum and you should be receiving your personal survey invite shortly. In the mean time, you can also access by clicking on the graph icon at the top (please use desktop, not mobile). Thanks.

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Hey Awor.

Thanks, I am going to answer the survey.
It seems to be quite detailed.


Welcome, arahant!

The survey is indeed quite detailed. It is based on scientific validated questionnaires and takes into account over a decade of patient experiences as described on this forum and other forums. We believe it will generate very powerful and comprehensive data.

You can save the survey every step of the way, so won’t have to do it in one sitting.

Thank you for participating! It’s highly important that we get as many participants as possible!

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