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?
27, 75kg, 5’9’’
What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)?
Isotretinoin, escitalopram, risperidone, citalopram, venlafaxine, vortioxetine
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?
What condition was being treated with the drug?
Isotretinoin for acne
Antidepressants for social anxiety disorder/GAD
Risperidone for misdiagnosed psychosis
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)?
Isotretinoin: 5 months
Escitalopram: 1.5 years
Risperidone: 3 months
Citalopram: 1 year
Venlafaxine: 6 months
Vortioxetine: 1 year
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug?
Escitalopram & Risperidone: 22-24y/o
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
Discontinued isotretinoin at 21y/o
Discontinued citalopram for several months at 24y/o
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
Discontinued isotretinoin cold turkey
Discontinued citalopram by tapering off
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects?
Noticed decreased libido within a week of taking an SSRI. Eventually tried to discontinue due to this, only for libido to almost completely disappear thereafter.
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
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Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
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
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?
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.