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?
23, 171cm, 53kg
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.)?
1mg/day & started getting symptoms after switching to 1mg every other day.
What condition was being treated with the drug?
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)?
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug?
20 years old
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
Im still tapering once every other day.
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects?
2 years, only get symptoms after i tried to taper
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
So far erection problems, libido decreased, genital numbness, depression, suicidal thoughts
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
[/ ] Erectile Dysfunction
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
[/ ] Suicidal Thoughts
[ /] 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)
What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?
None, Im a newbie
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)?
My blood test pre drug reveals i have low T. Only 5.9 nmol/L. Doctor told me the normal rate is between 6.0 - 30.0. I havent done blood test post drug yet.
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.
Im a 23 y/o man who have been using finasteride for the past 2 years. No problems or symptom whatsoever. Good erection, good orgasm, good penis overall. About 2 weeks ago, I decided to slowly stop taking finasteride. So instead of taking fin everyday, i took it once every two days.
After doing that for about 1 week only, i loss my libido, its hard to erect, & hard to mantain erection & i dont even know my dick anymore now, it feels like some rubber, especially at night. This is a disaster. I only develop these symptoms when I tried to STOP using finasteride, I have no symptoms during the usage of the drug. Its been about 4 days now.
At the first night of dicovering my rubbery penis, i frightened & took another shot of Fin in hopes of returning to normal. In the next morning, my rubber penis symptom felt a lot better, & I can erect as high as pre-syndrome. No increase in libido though.
I have some questions for you guys:
Should I continue taking Fin or Taper it or Stop altogether? If i stopped altogether, I fear that I might crash totally & lost my dick. What should I do Im so confused.
My pre-fin blood test shows that i already have low testosterone level, so I might have a good result by increasing my testosterone. If I get another blood test now(post-fin), and result shows that I have a lower T level than before, should I get testosterone increasing therapy to recover my penis & libido?
i only suffer symptoms AFTER tapering Fin intake, & had no symptoms whatsoever while using Fin. Does this mean it will be harder for me to recover compared to people who already had symptoms while using the drug?
Rubbery Penis is my main concern out of all. Please answer my questions above. As someone who is new here, I also need tips to deal with this condition in the early stages. Im so grateful to discover this forum & community. I already interact with some of you here & they told me that you guys are great & helpful. i can’t bring myself to disclose this to my friends & family, so you guys are my only help now. Yesterday I can’t stop crying on my bed as Im thinking of possible suicide methods. I really don’t know what to do.