Biochem pfs journey

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)? 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, typing finasteride permanent side effects

What is your current age, height, weight? 27, 193 cm, 67 kg

What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)?
saw palmetto 2 months then dutasteride 2 months then finasteride other 3 months, crashed after i quit fin
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)? 1mg every day

What condition was being treated with the drug? Hair loss

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

How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug? I was 19, i took it in 2014

How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
19, still 2014
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)? Cold turkey

How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects? days

What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?

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

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

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

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

[ x] Other (please explain)

Extreme facial fat loss, collagen loss and bone loss, soft gland, psoriasis of the scalp, inability to handle stress

What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?
-water fasting (10 days and 21 days)
-heavy metals chelation
-gut protocoll

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.

Hello everyone, long story short, i took first saw palmetto for 2 months, immediately started to notice collagen and subcutaneus fat loss and depression, quit after 2 months and started dutasteride that worsened the subcutaneus fat loss and felt my penis empty on it and sky high libido, then quit it because it worsened my hair loss, then started fin for two months and i quit it because i got no improvements for hair loss and after some weeks i crashed badly.

I have already written all the myriad of sides effects i got, i did many treatments during the years like water fasting, gut protocolls, keto diet, etc… everything failed because i was exposed to mold from my house during the whole time keeping me chronic inflammed.

Between all the treatments water fasting have been amazing, i think i would have recovered if i didn’t come back to the moldy home after fasting to a clinic. Water fasting improved all the syntoms, and after i come back home they come back full force.

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Friend, have you recovered from your mental problems?

I’m so sorry for you! You’re on the PFS trip for eight years now?! From 19 to 27 yo. The whole twenties with this effects. I feel with you. Only we here can imagine what you’re suffering. So I think you live with your parents in this moldy house and you have no other place to go?

Hi @biochem - welcome to the forum, and for telling us your story after all this time.

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Sometimes i think i’m in a movie because such a level of body damage just can’t be possible.

I don’t live anymore with my parents since two years, i managed to find a well paid job and found an appartment without mold, the problem is that the stress from the job is blocking any progress and causing more health issues, infact i’m to a point where i’m exhausted and i’m deciding if i should leave my job.

Sick people just can’t work, the costant high cortisol from stress will kill any progress.

This syndrome is so unbelievable, i think it triggered some kind of autoimmune stuff

Only from what i call “chemical depression” (depression without any reason), but recently my subcutaneus facial fat loss and bone loss started to worsen again triggering a very bad emotional crash and so i’m starting to become depressed because of how much i have been disfigured


Today i went to the er, because 4 days ago after masturbation i got terrible pain in my gland and in the part between the gland and the schaft (where i developed the fibrotic plaque), it happens often that i get pain there after masturbation, but it usually resolve in a couple of days, now it persists and i tried oral antinflammatory like aspirin and oki, but they don’t do anything, the urologist at the er told me it is bacterial balanitis and prescribed gentadyn cream, but i’m not sure about his diagnosis, it has been triggered by a mecchanic stimulus (pressure with hands), so for this reason i bought bentadyn plus betametasone cream, with the hope to calm the inflammation.

I’m very scared, the penis is painfull even if i don’t touch it and it gets extremly painfull if i touch, i fear my fibrosis is worsening, anyone has some idea ?


I have pfs for 7 years, 12 days ago i tried lyrica in an effort to calm my exagerated stress response (that i have since pfs), i took 50mg for two days and on the second day i developed panick attack, insomnia and anguish at night, so i decided to quit it.

So 10 days have passed and i still suffer from extreme insomnia and anguish at night.

Anyone had a similar experience ?

I can’t work with this level of insomnia and i fear to lose my job

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Damn, that sucks…

This is the reason I don’t dare to touch antidepressants. Too many horror stories. But I understand how some might want to try it when you’re in a desperate situation.

I’m working part time these days. It lowers the stakes for the contributions I’m making, and it’s also lower stress.