My life ruined because of finasteride some restoration after 7 years.. greetings from your Lost Brother

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Where are you from (Turkey)?

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?
37 178cm 99kg
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.)?
2 years 1 mg day 5 years 1.25 mg a day
What condition was being treated with the drug?
Male patern baldness
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)?
7 years
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)?
Cold Turkey
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects?
Immidiately i lost some some of my extereme libido 4 years later i noticed my erections are not that much hard. I droped when i failed one time arter 7 years and it got worse much worse for 4 years now i have recovered a bit.
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
Ed, loss of libido. After discontinuation panick attacks, anxiety and short term memory loss started.
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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
Watery Ejaculate
Reduced Ejaculate
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 Pain
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
Weight Gain
Gynecomastia (male breasts)
Muscle Wastage
Muscle Weakness
Joint Pain
Dry / Dark Circles under eyes

Prostate pain
Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
Tinnitus (ringing or high pitched sound in ears)
Hearing loss
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?
Tried Extenze containes pregnelone progesterone gaba yohimbine
It worked then i got my panic attacks
They prescribed me Effexor it made much worse.
Then i started trintellix plus methylphenidate it recovered my libido
I added 10 mg metylfolate 1g niacin 2g epa fish oil.
That gave me back my bone hard erections for 20 minutes.

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.

Hello Guys,

That drug killed my life it ruined me.
I started this when i was 25 years old.
It immediately stopped my hair loss and i regrew a lot of hair back it also tempered my extreme libido, i liked it art first because i was unable to speak with opposite sex because of my bone hard tool… at first it make me normal human, i thought now my brain manages my dick not the otherway around.
In time approximately 4 years later i noticed that i lost some sensitivity 7 years later i had to rip off my skin to feel satisfied then i got suspicious about drug stopped it.
In time i lost spontaneous erections becoming hard mentally becomes impossible.
I had to touch it to be erect.
3 more years later i tried some combo pill contains 100 mg pregnelone 100 progesterone 100 mg gaba and some yohimbine, it restored my libido dramatically but not ed but, after 7 days i got a huge panick attack and memory problems started.
I had to go to psychiatrist he gave me Effexor, it fixed my panic attacks but killed my libido after several tries he changed to methylphenidate plus trintellix, thank god this reversed my libido loss and ed problem a bit then i add 10 mg methylfolate 1g niacin 2 grams of epa fish oil. This gave me back my bone hard erections at least for 30 minutes looks like i am improving yet this is incomparable with my state before the damn drug.

May lord help us all brothers.


Your welcome bro, keep posting, email me any time for support.
I checked the two medication that was given to you, I believe that methylphenidate was the one that could restored your libido.
Trintellix could do the opposite effect.
I recommend you to stop niacin it can increase methylation and fish oil keep it at minimum it can inhibit 5ar.

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Selam, ben de türküm. Konuşabiliriz, geçmiş olsun dostum.

(Just saying welcome and trying to help in case if you wonder.)

Welcome to the forum and sorry to hear this has happened to you as well!

So are these drugs you are taking now restoring your libido only while you are taking them or is there an improvement in your baseline as well? In other words - when you stop taking the drugs, do you go back to your worst state?

Hello Brothers,

I have to say that doctors does not know much about this problem, specially experienced old guys. When i quit finasterid and my libido did not stop going down, i went to a respected urologist he did lots of expensive tests i had an exceptional high testosterone 1300 ng/dL medium - low range free T normal prolactin and estradiol. He said to me that i have anxiety and send me an psychiatrist, i went talked he said that i have no performance or any kind of anxiety, i went back he prescribed me 5 mg Levitra and it worked extremely well at that point i realized what i have lost!!.
2 years later i tried extenze pills which contains pregnelone keto steroids and yohimbine it immediately restored my libido unfortunately yohimbine caused an extreme panic attacks at that point I didn’t think mental and libido issues are linked.
I went to physiatrist he totally fixed my anxiety and panic disorder again he told me to go to urologist and i did last week this time i went to a research hospital and took appointment from second best doctor. He was a very young doctor he listened to me and told me immediately that the cause was 90% percent finasterid usage. He was almost sure of it he did again some lab test my total t 800 ng/dL prolactin was normal. He ordered ultrasound for my prostate. When i go home i started to search this pfs phenomenon and saw that lots of people have same problems exactly.
Until this day i thought this people was in nocebo effect and looking for a scape goat for their mental mood disorders. I was so wrong.

Hello cooper nice to meet you Brother.

And yes i was in the bottom 3 years ago now better but far form my old self.
Methylphenidate definitely helps with libido i tryed to make a break for 3 days third day my libido declined considerably.

As for niacin and folate, guys i can say that niacin helped me a lot i cannot explain var you feel the difference also i was using methylfolate but never exceeded 5 mg this time i gave a shot 10mg and planned to increase 15 in 3 months.

After i started this combo 10 mg methylfolate 1g niacin 2g fish oil my night time performance increased dramatically i was Abel to get hard after 3 years without the help of and pde5 inhibitors. Since than I tried to break methylphenidate 3rd day libido decreased. I am afraid to quit fish oil because it definitely cured my spine pain in the morning. I was suffering from back neck pains in the morning for 12 years and it cured with fish oil.
Also there is a fact that fish oil increases dopamine and no production i think these will boost the effects of methylphenidate and folate but i think my night time restored libido is mainly because of niacin and folate combo.


Btw i think niacin helped because it expels methyl donors from body. Methylfolate at that Supra physiological doses, causes over methylation some of via extreme Sam-e production and niacin expel this methyl donors from body.


For how long had you been on methylphenidate ?

Almost 8-9 months 20 mg. Before that I was on modafinil it helped a lot with mood and libido but not much of an effect on Ed. Weird thing is that dopaminergic anti
Depressants normally increases panic and anxiety but on me it killed my anxiety and panic attacks, I have complete recovery from them. psychiatrist says that my brain works differently.

By the way guys, i still have my hair that was weird i reduced a bit but definitely i keep my hair without finasteride for 7 years.

This is comforting to hear. After many years of fighting to gain recognition for PFS, there are these small signs that the truth is gaining a foothold.

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Well like i said at first i thought he was inexperienced and just dismissing me but insists on it. He spoke very confidently and said that 5ar blockade does this!! then i started to research and i convinced. I am glad that i went to research hospital.
And informed me the only solution is long term tadadafil 5mg usage. He was sure that this will help.

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But tadalafil usage only masks the problem :frowning: not cures it. By the way, how is your symptoms now? Are you better?

Cooper bro, relax for some time, take some vacations sun in a nice beach in the Caribbean forget for awhile about PFS and you will be fine, trust me.


Guys I have to say that i am still improving on 10 mg methylfolate 1g niacin 2g epa fishoil 20mg methylphenidate.

After 5-6 years i got erections in daytime last two days without concentrating on anything.
I think this might be related with high dose floats NO boosting effect or it’s Triamine modulating effect on brain.

And now that you have crashed, do you still say the same…?

What are those subtances?

No. Read please, there is little ups and downs but i am going better gradually two explanations are seasonal related effects or my medication works… i suspect it is the effect of supra-physiological doses of methylfolate and niacin. I also can say that my genital sensibility increased extremely

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Hello DHT! My post was not over your post but Moonchild one :slight_smile:

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I am getting better again after the crash, libido is no the same as before the crash, but will going there.