hair loss after fin?

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[x ] Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
[ x] Erectile Dysfunction
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[ x] Loss of Morning Erections
[x ] Loss of Spontaneous Erections
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[x ] Watery Ejaculate
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[x ] Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
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[x ] Gynecomastia (male breasts)
[x ] Muscle Wastage
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Hearing loss
[x ] Increased hair loss
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Sorry about my english. After nearly 18 years on Fin i took a break of one year. After starting again i got gyno, low libido, panic, heart pain, brain fog, dry skin. After 2 month all my hair was thinning on side and back. Does anyone know, why that happends?

Hi @MatthiasM

Welcome to the forum. Are you still taking finasteride, or have you stopped?

I stopped 3 month ago after 3 month of using it after the break.

Good, stay off it. It seems that starting and stopping can be a trigger for symptoms.
5ar drugs are to be avoided at all costs now.

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Stories like these make the idea about genetic predisposition pretty much useless.


Ok, but why i’m losing all my hair? Should i try Minox? (Picture)

Out of curiosity, why did you stop taking fin?

Hardening and pain in the chest, psychological changes and low libido.Most of these problems were gone very quick.After 14 month hair loss statrs again, so i took fin again…bad idea

Hi @MatthiasM

Minoxidil can also act as a 5ARI, the same way as finasteride, and we recently had a new user register who’s been damaged badly by it. I would not risk it.

If you have been off the drug for 3 months, could I please also ask for a massive favour? When you have 30 minutes, could you please complete the patient survey via the link at the top of the forum? It will be invaluable for our current efforts with researchers. @WorriedGuy123 if you could do the same, that would be deeply appreciated.

Thank you!

Hi. I just completed the survey. Hope that it helps.

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One picture from the neck.Or is it retrograde alopecia, what do you think

Ok…second crash after Minox…After 3 weeks hair loss has stopped, but very dry skin.Also on my xxx and hands. Got red stripes all over my body and ED

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