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)?
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?)
What is your current age, height, weight?
20, 6’0", 140 lbs
What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)?
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?
I first took 1 mg every day, sides went away after 1,5 weeks. Then I did .25 mg every other day
What condition was being treated with the drug?
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)?
Just 1 week
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug?
20 years old, October 18
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
20 years old October 25
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects?
After the second dose both times
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
Check the boxes that apply. You can save your post first, then interactively check/uncheck the boxes by clicking on them. If your symptoms change, please update your list.
Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
Loss of Morning Erections
Loss of Spontaneous Erections
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
Memory Loss / Forgetfulness
Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
Slurring of Speech
Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
Severe Depression / Melancholy
Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
Gynecomastia (male breasts)
Dry / Dark Circles under eyes
Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
Tinnitus (ringing or high pitched sound in ears)
Increased hair loss
Lowered body temperature
Other (please explain)
Insomnia - no issues falling asleep, but I will wake up 1-4 hrs early and not be able to go back to sleep
What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?
Just healthy living - weightlifting 4x a week, go to bed early every night
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.
I’m someone who made the mistake of starting finasteride a second time on lower dose after getting side effects the first time. First time my side effects cleared after just 10 days. Today marks exactly 3 weeks since I quit the second time and my side effects are still persisting, and worsening if anything.
Both times I tried finasteride I would feel a surge in libido after the first dose, and then by the second dose it would be gone and my penis would start changing. It becomes very limp and skinny while flaccid, losing all of its fullness. My erections are still hard, but they are harder to achieve and maintain, and they aren’t as firm anymore (easy to move around at the base). I also experienced insomnia while on finasteride, sleeping for 4-5 hours and then waking up and not being able to sleep.
When I stopped the first time, all sides improved day by day and were gone by 10 days. This time, it’s been 3 weeks and the sides still persist. And most recently which is really concerning to me, my testicles are shrinking, and today they’re probably less than half the size they used to be. The only side effect that’s improved is insomnia, now I can sleep and only wake up 1 hour earlier than I want to.
I was wondering since I haven’t experienced the typical “crash” maybe there is still hope I can recover? And I wanted to see if anyone had a similar experience/symptoms to me, and if they eventually got better or are stuck with this disease, and if anyone has tips for what I can do to stay healthy
I’m very anxious that I might’ve destroyed my sexual function, and I’ll never see the same libido or rock hard erections that I used to. Even more, I’m anxious I could have a crash, and start experiencing all the cognitive side effects that other users here have and basically have my life severely altered.
Anyways I will post updates on my condition here, hopefully it can provide insight to some people