Destructive effects of finasteride (Proscar) in Russia

My story is next.

Finasteride (Proscar) gave me a dermatologist in September 2010, as an anti-androgen therapy, 1 mg each for a year.

Finasteride was given to me by a dermatologist in September of 2010 as an anti-androgen therapy, 1mg per day for a year.

I used it for 6 months (from September 2010 to March 2011).

During the period of consumption (about one to two months later), I got a lot of disorders negative side effects:

1. Sexual : decrease in testicular and scrotum size (apparently a change in temperature); decrease in penis sensitivity; absence of libido; decrease in the volume of ejaculate (in the process of consuming finasteride it was excreted in the form of 1-2 thick drops or a small amount of white foam).

2. Endocrine : obesity (with the main distribution of fat in the buttocks, hips and abdomen); increased body hair; dryness and skin elasticity; strong sweating.

3. Nervous: constant general fatigue; difficult morning ascent and lack of vigour; poor temporary memory; reduced learning ability; problems with concentration and memory; difficulties in communication, i.e. problems in building sentences, problems with the timely use of the right words in conversation.

From 2011 to 2013 I actively consulted numerous doctors (endocrinologists, urologists, therapists, neurologists), they did not even bother to dig into the problem get to the bottom of the problem and organize an appropriate examination.

Despite the general unprofessional and indifferent behavior of the doctors, it was possible to find some of the disorders described in the literature on finasteride I was able to find some of the finasteride symptoms described in medical literature, these are such as: insulin resistance (a sign of diabetes mellitus type 2), non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity of the 1st degree, abdominal, progressive, dyslipidemia 2A according to the Friedrickson classification.
I have never suffered from any of the above previously. It is the result of the intervention of finasteride in my body.

In 2013 I even sued the health care system, but lost because the courts in Russia act solely in the interests of officials. When I was sent for a appointed a medical examination, I was robbed and forced to pay 50,000 rubles. (Although, as one lawyer told me, it costs no more than 15,000 rubles.)

Since 2014, I have been trying to get physicians to carry out examinations according to the data obtained in the PFS studies and described in the scientific literature. I have applied to various medical centres, but I am ignored everywhere.

Based on my own experience, doctors are not able to develop methods of investigation, examination and treatment. They are completely incapable of being creative, but the worst part is that they simply don’t care about people who are sick. Doctors do not even want to understand PFS, they work according to the standard and methods.

Doctors don’t even want to understand the PFS problem, they work according to the standard.

Currently, I am trying to force doctors to conduct an examination according to the data obtained in the studies and described in the scientific literature. I appeal to contacted different medical centers, but so far without results.

I also went to doctors who knew about the devastating effects of finasteride (a list on the PFS website), Michael S. Irwig, Greg Emerson, Andrew Rynne, Rachel Rubin, Abdulmaged M. Traish, Marco Bortolato, Steven M. Belknap, Roberto Cosimo Melcangi.

С. Belknap recommended a low carbohydrate diet and intensive exercise.

Michael Irvig, in response to my request for a plan of examination, sent me some of his articles, advising me to be examined on the basis of their content. It was 2014, and nothing was known about PFS.
Marco Bortolato, Greg Emerson, Andrew Rynn, Rachel Rubin replied that they could not help me.

Abdulmejid M. Trysh and others did not answer at all.

From R. Melkangi’s office (I’m not sure it was him personally) they sent me a PFS definition test form. I filled it out incorrectly because Russia does not use a test system for determining the disease. Even so, Melkangi wrote to me that he already understood the results. He stated that I had PFS, and now i don’t. However, all the symptoms described above still remain. I wrote to Melkangi about it, corrected the test and sent him again, but he didn’t answer.

So there is no solution to the urgent need for any examination strategy, no methods are offered.

Friends, it is necessary to unite for the organization of effective medical care. Nobody but us - the affected people - is interested in solving the problem of finasteride. It is necessary to become a force for us that will make the world and the medical community react effectively, even if it will require turning the whole world upside down.

We have nothing to lose.


Hi @Sergey117. Welcome to the global community of men and women affected by Propecia, SSRI, and Accutane, amongst others. Sorry you have to be here.

I’d recommend that you:

  • Fill out the initial member story, using the forum template.
  • Fill out the Post-Drug Syndrome survey. This contributes directly to our big picture on the damage caused by these drugs. It’s important work that lays the ground for bigger gains.
  • Take a 23AndMe test and submit your results.

Guidance is available here:

Your English is good, by the way.