COPY AND PASTE THE FOLLOWING INTO YOUR OWN POST, then answer the questions.
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?)
Google - Post Finasteride Syndrom
What is your current age, height, weight?
38 years old, 6’, 185 pounds
Do you excercise regularly? If so, what type of excercise?
On and off. Ice hockey, jogging, threadmill, tennis, and sometimes with weights.
What type of diet do you eat (vegetarian, meat eater, raw, fast-food/organic healthy)?
No specific diet.
Why did you take Finasteride (hair loss, BPH, other)?
For how long did you take Finasteride (weeks/months/years)?
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start Finasteride?
- February 2012
- How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
- February 2013
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
What type of Finasteride did you use – Propecia, Proscar, Fincar or other generic?
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?
1.25 mg per day
How long into your use of Finasteride did you notice the onset of side effects?
Libido went down a bit at first, but seemed like no big deal, especially since the doctors said the side effects would wave off a few days after stopping the medication. But one day (after a year on the drug), I could get it up, even though all conditions were there for a great night !! It freaked me out, and it took a day or two for me to put my finger on it and finally cut the pills.
What side effects did you experience while on the drug that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
Put an X beside all that apply:
[X] Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
[X] Erectile Dysfunction
[X] Complete Impotence
[X] Loss of Morning Erections
[X] Loss of Spontaneous Erections
[X] Loss of Nocturnal Erections
[X] Watery Ejaculate
[X] Reduced Ejaculate
[ ] Inability to Ejaculate / Orgasm
[ ] Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
[X] Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
[ ] Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
[ ] Confusion
[ ] Memory Loss / Forgetfullness
[ ] 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
[X] 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
[ ] Increased hair loss
[ ] Frequent urination
[ ] Lowered body temperature
[X] Other (please explain)
A little bit of brain fog, but only in the first few weeks of quitting the medication.
What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?
Exercice, Tribex, L-Arginine, Maca, fish oil, Zinc.
If you have pre or post-Finasteride bloodtests, what hormonal changes have you encountered since discontinuing the drug (pls post your test results in the “Blood Tests” section and link to them in your post)?
Nothing abnormal in blood tests.
Anything not listed in the above questions you’d like to share about your experience with Finasteride?
Tell us your story, in your own words, about your Finasteride usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.
I’ve been on and off this site for the past 2 years. There’s not much I can add to everything that’s been said, but as a thank you to every one who wrote on this site, I wish to share my story and hope some will find comfort.
I took Fin for a year before realizing that this shit was realy getting to me. It is hard for me to figure wether it came suddenly or progressively (I wasn’t paying much attention to my symptoms), but I remember very clearly that one night, there was no way it was going up ! It was brutal, and I decided to quit the drug. This was February 2013.
The next 4-5 weeks were litterally like hell. I had a complete loss of libido and there was absolutely no way of getting an erection. The company where I worked had the hottest receptionist ever, and I remember looking at her like if she was my sister or aunt. Strangely enough (even though there was no chance of that happening), it freaked me out thinking that she could look at me and say “I wan’t you right here, right now”, and there would be nothing I could do with that !!
I had never realized how important libido was in our lives. And losing that was actually like losing the will to live.
I almost started posting on this forum back then, but didn’t fill the requirements to post …!
The weeks and months went by and I try different ways to get thing back to normal. Mainly, I tried natural pills (listed above). I must say that some worked pretty well and sex drive, but didn’t do much for ED. One thing that helped me alot (physically and emotionnaly) was (and no, I wouldn’t say this to anyone other than on a forum under an anonymus nick) the use of a penis pump! I purchased the bathmate after noticing that penile shrinkage was starting. Just the fact of being able to have a erection (even if it is mechanical) was really helpful. Moreover, penile shrinkage stopped at that moment, and I was able to bring it back to it’s normal shape.
I also went accross most of cd nuts (member) thread and was fairly encouraged by it. But looking at everyone trying he method with no (or little) results made me realize that the time is probably the only solution. Going through this forum, I realize some people talk about 5-7 years to recover. The more time passes, the more I think that probably makes sense.
It has been a little over 2 years for me. I would say I am about 50-75% back to normal, fluctuating week-by-week. I can’t get as hard as I used to, and can’t hold it like before, but there is definite progress in the long run. I keep sex / masterbation to once every 5-6 days to get things going again. Even when it’s been a few days, it takes physial stimulation to get it up, but once it’s up, it seems ok.
Anyways, I guess that’s pretty much what I wanted to say. Oh yeah … and just as if my life didn’t suck enough, my wife (15 year relationship with 2 kids - 4 and 6 year’s old) was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis this year … hopefully that will help cheer some of you who though their life was the worst.
Cheers. And best of luck to all of you. Again, I trully believe we are just in a (REALLY) bad phase. Things will pick up, but we all need time… take care.