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Where are you from (country)united kingdom
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?) post finasteride post
What is your current age, height, weight? 6ft, 96kg
What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)? finasteride
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)? topical once rubbed into my face mixed with minoxidil without my consent
What condition was being treated with the drug? beard enhancer
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)? the clinic applied it just once
Date when you started the drug? 11/08/2022
Date when you quit the drug? 11/08/2022
Age when you quit?28
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)? cold turkey
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects? hours after
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
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[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
[x ] Watery Ejaculate
[ x] Reduced Ejaculate
[ x] 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)
[ ] Penis curvature / rotation on axis
[ x Testicular Pain
[ x] Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
[ ]x Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
[ x] Weight Gain
[ x] Gynecomastia (male breasts)
[ x] Muscle Wastage
[ x] Muscle Weakness
[ x] Joint Pain
[x ] Dry / Dark Circles under eyes
[ x] Prostate pain
[ x] Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
[ x] Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
[x ] 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
[ ] Other (please explain) skin pigmentationy , pale skin, female deposit around thighs and skinny wrists also no sebum oil on my hair at all its so dry and brittle.
What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?vitamins, antibiotics
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.
Hi my name is Elliot I am a 29 year old Male who’s whole life has been destroyed by one time use of topical finasteride mixed with minoxidil. I NEED TO MAKE THIS CLEAR I HAVE NEVER SUFFERED FROM HAIR LOSS OR THINNING.
On august 2022 I went up to este medical group London for laser hair regrowth on my beard area I was told like in instagram videos of the official clinic that they only use minoxidil 5% nothing else and it makes your beard stronger and increase thickness as stated on the official website they only mention minoxidil. I agreed to have this done thinking it was only minoxidil as during the consultation they said it was minoxidil and nothing else.
I was told no side effects about 10times from the actual managing director and the nurse after constantly pushing me to do it I agreed to have minoxidil 5% on my beard and was told this will do no harm they also used a derma roller and a LLT on the area for about 30mins. They did not show me any bottles it was just a syringe what was rubbed onto my facial area after completing treatment they gave me a bag to take back with bottles in to carry on using the product at home with a derma roller and then visiting once a month.
The following day woke up extremely dizzy like a severe hungover and was having tescular pain obviously I did not go out so I couldn’t work out what was going on. It was like being smashed over the head with a baseball bat I was so confused and also over night my hair instantly dried up the texture there was no oil at all when touching my hair.
I could not work out what was going on as I was told no side effects and was also told this was just minoxidil in the syringe, as I had this unusual shock I decided I was not going to use this and put it on my beard. A few days after my hair rapidly started shedding and was so itchy I then got in contact and said to este medical what is going on you promised me no side effects and I even have s message fron them stating I do not suffer from hair loss i never have in my life until this was applied.
I started to contact the woman at este medical group via what’s app and she instantly denied It saying that it was not from her products causing this whilst also stating at the same time before it I do not suffer from hair loss.
They then instantly wanted me to sign a non disclaimer stating I couldn’t take legal action in order to get my refund which I never agreed to obviously I knew they was panicking at this stage as they clearly knew it was from the finasteride illegally applied over my beard you can imagine.
As time went went on I declined massively with symptoms and also my anxiety was so bad that I was having so many panic attacks throughout the day and couldn’t sleep very well. I was living with my flatmate at the time and I got so ill I couldn’t even take the bins down or physically leave the flat at all ever. People then started picking up on my speech when I was miss pronouncing things and slurring mainly my friends taking the piss because I’ve never done it before along with being called Kasper the ghost/looking like a zombie.
I had the full on crash in march 2023 ringing ears, insomnia,extremely cold, brain fog, cognitive impairment, my bones felt like they was breaking my back and chest and legs I remember having to go down a&e THE DRS RESPONSE WAS WE ARE AWARE OF THIS AND KNOW ABOUT THIS BUT THERE IS NO CURE FOR IT AND TOLD ME JUST TO JOIN SUPPORT GROUPS AND STAY STRONG.
In march I was so bad I had to move out and I’ve barely seen anyone since I’ve had to cut off all my friends and family.
My mum has not been supportive in anyway she tried making me believe this was an obsession and it was all in my head. Even knowing full well I’ve never suffered from hairloss, never had issues with my speech/brain fog. And while I was dealing with all these life changing symptoms she would constantly taunt me and say why don’t you move to Dubai or Thailand and live with your friend the uk is no good for you.
At this point I was beyond suicidal and felt betrayed my own mum did not believe what was going on and I will not forgive her ever! some of the arguments and things what was said was just wrong and I can honestly say writing this I will never look at her in the same way again its sad but the truth.
My Dr told me I just need to wait for it to get out my system even after I told him I tried running into the middle of the road from the cognitive impairment and extreme anxiety this was giving me and was useless they couldn’t even do me the proper blood tests I asked for and have just left me for dead. They passed me onto the mental health team who have acknowledged there has been negligence and believe what is going on after seeing my mental and psychical changes.
Im left with no friends because I cannot meet up with them and keep making excuses why I cannot go to the events, I’ve had to cancel all festivals holidays, its my 30th birthday in September which I said to everyone was the deadline if I was not feeling better from this I would end my life.
The mental health team do believe what is going on and have been supportive my social worker Katie has done everything for me and I would probably be dead already if it wasn’t for her help, and has urgently referred me to the endrochronoligist who are yet to see me even though my social worker keeps hassling them they have still not given me an appointment,
im on the verge of ending my life
I am now on universal credit and cannot afford all these tests.
where im currently staying is only valid until end of October
my younger brother was a cancer patient and has a life expectancy of 30 so I cannot go on holiday or share any nice memories because of this drug has completely destroyed my life.
I cannot see any of my friends because of the side effects.
im spinning around constantly, my permanent tinnitus has remained since the crash, I cannot sleep for any longer then a few hours each night,
straw hair remains, loss of so much bone I cannot feel my arm muscles my skin has completely deformed into jelly like that of others users and my thighs have quadrupled in size along with pigmentation, eye floaters and vision damage, facial changes, eye colour, hair shedding all over and light contrast.gynecosmastia.
I would like to send someone the documents and my story written properly along with photos so if I do kill myself you can share my story I believe I am the only person who has illegally been poisoned on the forum(finasteride without my consent). I believe this will create awareness for us all and they will have to investigate it because what they have done if nothing short of life destroying and illegal,
I have read many stories on here and it makes me cry this is the end of my life I don’t want to do it but there is little to no hope.
I hope you can all recover one day I mentally cannot cope for much longer.
I will be taking legal action against this clinic este medical group.
Please see photos attached of the bottle, it states it contains finasteride on the website it mentions they only use minoxidil for this treatment. also it states it should be used on scalp only and they rubbed all over my face.