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?
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.)?
5 mg generic tabs that I would cut into quarters (was cheaper than using name brand which I couldn’t afford)
What condition was being treated with the drug?
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)?
About 4 months
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug?
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects?
Issues while taking. Stopped and then issues picked up.
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.
[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 or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
[ x] Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
[x ] Memory Loss / Forgetfulness
[x ] Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
Slurring of Speech
Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
[x ] Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
[x ] Severe Depression / Melancholy
[x ] Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
[x ] Penis curvature / rotation on axis
[x ] Testicular Pain
[x ] Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
[x ] Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
[x ] Gynecomastia (male breasts)
[x ] Joint Pain
[x ] Dry / Dark Circles under eyes
[x ] Prostate pain
[x ] Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
[x ] Tinnitus (ringing or high pitched sound in ears)
[x ] Hearing loss
Increased hair loss
[x ] Frequent urination
Lowered body temperature
[x ] Other (please explain)
Random shooting pains what felt like was coming from inside my anus
Flaccid penis would sometime retract into me when working out and bending over.
Went from being able to compete rigorous training on a regular basis to having trouble keeping consistency. While competing I was training 5 days a week with rigorous weight training. After experiencing symptoms I would find it very hard to train on a consistent basis. I’d workout for 2 or 3 days then be exhausted. I found recovery much longer.
What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?
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)?
No pre work - i have post work from 2014 which i will add
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.
Division 1 athlete (runner) who had no issues with mental or physical functions. Started taking the finastride and experienced some issues. Was in the shower one day and tried rubbing one out to no success. Noted how my penis was smaller than usual, harder, and somewhat misshapen. Thought this was the “temporary” side effects that sometimes happen early on when taking the drug. Was able to perform sexually but noticed feeling was reduced. Also noted the shape was off when taking after condom after having sex. Eventually decided to finish the rest of what I had before stopping cold turkey. Felt fine and then eventually realized something was very wrong. When from being insatiable (getting erections in class at sight of women, ability to have sex multiple times a day over a short time period) to having no drive. Drive fell off a cliff, I remember thinking “is this what it’s like not thinking about sex all the time?”.
Had issues with sleep, mentally felt very low, tired, sore joints, etc. Tried working out to get better but didn’t work. Eventually found a doctor to run test but he concluded my test was in the right range (~600) and gave me cialis.
Over time some symptoms have stopped, ability to get erections has improved but still off. If I remember different things I’ll try to add.