Where are you from (country)? USA
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
What is your current age, height, weight? 24, 5’10", 160LBS
Do you excercise regularly? If so, what type of excercise? Regular Army workouts, running 3x a week, lifting 2x a week
What type of diet do you eat (vegetarian, meat eater, raw, fast-food/organic healthy)? Mixture of healthy/Fast food
Why did you take Finasteride (hair loss, BPH, other)? Hair Loss
For how long did you take Finasteride (weeks/months/years)? 4 1/2 Months
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start Finasteride? Age 24, November 11th, 2011
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit? Age 24, March 23rd , 2012
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)? Cold Turkey
What type of Finasteride did you use – Propecia, Proscar, Fincar or other generic? Proscar cut into 1/4ths @ 1.25mg
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)? 1.25mg x Daily
How long into your use of Finasteride did you notice the onset of side effects? 3 1/2 Months
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
[x ] Loss of Morning Erections
[x ] Loss of Spontaneous Erections
[x ] Loss of Nocturnal Erections
[x ] Watery Ejaculate
[ x] Reduced Ejaculate
[ x] Inability to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
[x ] Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
[ x] Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
Memory Loss / Forgetfullness
Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
Slurring of Speech
[x ] Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
[x ] Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
[ x] Depression / Melancholy
Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
[x ] Testicular Pain
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
[x ] Weight Gain
[x ] Gynecomastia (male breasts)
[x ] Muscle Weakness
[ x] Dry / Dark Circles under eyes
[ x] Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
Increased hair loss
[ x] 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? I do not know what to do aside from stopping the medication which I have already done.
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)? Haven’t done Bloodwork
Anything not listed in the above questions you’d like to share about your experience with Finasteride? No
Tell us your story, in your own words, about your Finasteride usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.
I started Finasteride in November of 2011 because I was not about to lose all my hair at age 24, It was falling out rapidly and Rogaine wasnt doing much for me. The doctor wrote me a prescription for Proscar and told me to cut the pill into 1/4ths and take one daily. I did this for 3 months and my hair looked better than ever, most of the hair that fell out had came back stronger and fuller than ever, and my once receded hairline was even sprouting little new hairs, Which was strange because everything I’ve read states the drug doesnt really show much visible improvment to your hair until the 6-12 month mark.
In late march of this year (2012), I started to notice a complete onslaught of side effects, I was constantly depressed and down, and my once glorious sex drive was near dead. I started to realize my normal masturbation routine of 2-3 times a day dropped to maybe once a week, and even then It was like a chore, not because I wanted to do it. I noticed I could get an erection but it was slightly soft and my penis was easily a good half inch to inch shorter than It normally was fully erect in the pre-Finasteride days, I also noticed that when I would ejaculate it would come out in chunks of semen and not streams, and wouldnt “shoot” out I guess you would say, it would more like plop or Drip out of my penis. I then decided to stop the pill after researching the side effects and coming across this site.
I’m currently going into my 2nd week of quitting Finasteride cold, and Nothing has changed in terms of libido or erection, I realize that it hasnt been THAT Long since coming off the drug, but everything i’ve read points to this being a permanent thing and something that very well may take years to get better.
I’ve started a supplement routine of 1x Centrum Mens Health pill multivitamin, 1x 500mg Vitamin c, 1x1000mg Vitamin E, and also a 50mg supplement of DHEA ( I heard this increases sexual function/testosterone/well being).
Am I going to be okay, or will only time tell in my case? Also should I stop taking any of those supplements?
I’m currently deployed to the Middle East so I drink alot of water and get a fair amount of exercise being in the militay and all.