Debilitating fatigue and hot flashes

  1. Where are you from (country)? US

  2. 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, propecia, hot flashes, fatigue

  3. What is your current age, height, weight? 46, 5 ft 9 inches, 180 lbs

  4. Do you excercise regularly? If so, what type of excercise? Yes, running, yoga, weights

  5. What type of diet do you eat (vegetarian, meat eater, raw, fast-food/organic healthy)? everything

  6. Why did you take Finasteride (hair loss, BPH, other)? hair loss

  7. For how long did you take Finasteride (weeks/months/years)? over 20 years

  8. How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start Finasteride? 26

  9. How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit? A week ago so 46

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

  11. What type of Finasteride did you use – Propecia, Proscar, Fincar or other generic? finastride

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

  13. How long into your use of Finasteride did you notice the onset of side effects? can’t remember but things got really bad 2 years ago.

  14. What side effects did you experience while on the drug that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?

Put an X beside all that apply:

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

[ ] Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
[ x] Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
[ ] Confusion
[ x] Memory Loss / Forgetfullness
[ ] 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
[ ] Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
[ ] Weight Gain
[ x] Gynecomastia (male breasts)
[ ] Muscle Wastage
[ ] Muscle Weakness
[ ] Joint Pain
[ ] Dry / Dark Circles under eyes

[ ] Prostate pain
[ xx] Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
[ ] Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
[ ] Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
[ ] Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
[ ] Increased hair loss
[ ] Frequent urination
[ ] Lowered body temperature

[ ] Other (please explain) severe fatigue, hot flashes in my head area, feel like I’m sick

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

  2. If you have pre or post-Finasteride bloodtests, what hormonal changes have you encountered since discontinuing the drug (pls post your test results in the “Blood Tests” section and link to them in your post)? I don’t have post finastride blood tests yet

  3. Anything not listed in the above questions you’d like to share about your experience with Finasteride?

  4. Tell us your story, in your own words, about your Finasteride usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.

I’ve been taking it for over 20 years and it saved me a lot of hair but also came with some peculiar intermittent symptoms (other than sexual) that became permanent as of 2 years ago which is why I stopped the drug now. I knew about the sexual side effects but I want to find out if my severe fatigue, hot flashes in my head and the general feeling of not being well has to do with finastride or not. I’m hoping that the feedback from this site will guide me to my answers and recovery.

Hi. I’m suffering fatigue too. How are you feeling this days? Any improvements?

Always worth checking a profile to see when someone last posted, it’s been over 4 years, probably unlikely to get a reply.

Perhaps it’s worth sending a PM, people get an email when you do, so there’s more chance that they’ll know you’re asking.

If you do get a reply, remember how much you wanted to hear from someone and ask them to post publicly so other people can find the info too.