Where are you from (country)?
How did you find this forum -
What is your current age, height, weight?
I’m 33, 172 cm, 66 kg
What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)?
I used Finasteride
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?
Started 1mg daily and then switched to 0.5 every other day
What condition was being treated with the drug?
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)?
Took it for 5 months in 2015
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)?
If I remember correctly, I tapered off
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects?
Probably a month to 3 months in
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
Anxiety, brain fog, mainly mental issues
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[ ] Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
[ ] Erectile Dysfunction
[ ] Complete Impotence
[ ] Loss of Morning Erections
[ ] Loss of Spontaneous Erections
[ ] Loss of Nocturnal Erections
[v] Watery Ejaculate
[ ] Reduced Ejaculate
[ ] Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
[ ] Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
[ ] Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
[v] Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
[ ] Confusion
[ ] Memory Loss / Forgetfulness
[ ] Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
[ ] Slurring of Speech
[ ] Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
[v] Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
[ ] Severe Depression / Melancholy
[ ] Suicidal Thoughts
[ ] Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
[ ] Penis curvature / rotation on axis
[ ] Testicular Pain
[ ] Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
[ ] Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
[ ] Weight Gain
[ ] Gynecomastia (male breasts)
[v] Muscle Wastage
[ ] Muscle Weakness
[ ] Joint Pain
[ ] Dry / Dark Circles under eyes
[ ] Prostate pain
[v] Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
[v] Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
[ ] Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
[ ] Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
[ ] Tinnitus (ringing or high pitched sound in ears)
[ ] Hearing loss
[v] Increased hair loss
[ ] 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 didn’t take anything, things were starting to get better after 1-2 months out.
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)?
I know that my Prolactin levels were very high, but they returned to be normal after 1 month out
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.
So after I quit Finasteride, everything returned to be normal for years. I assume there were still issues but they were mild so I didn’t even suspect that something is messed.
However, now when I recall back I did have some weird stuff and unexplained issues going on, which I am not sure related to my past use of Finasteride, but it’s possible.
6 years later, now, I suffer from severe SFN (small fiber neuropathy) including burning sensations and complete skin numbness in many areas. I found some topics of people here that had the same issue, but it’s weird that it’s happening to me 6 years after quitting. My guess, and according to what I read about SFN, is that it was always there, but things were very mild, and now for some reason (age \ hormonal changes \ diet) this is getting more noticable and worse.