i would like to preface this by saying i took accutane but i think we are all suffering from the same exact illness. i will be donating to the PFS foundation.
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?)
heard about it on an accutane website
What is your current age, height, weight?
21, 5’7, 155 lbs
Do you excercise regularly? If so, what type of excercise?
yes, cardio and weights
What type of diet do you eat (vegetarian, meat eater, raw, fast-food/organic healthy)?
standard diet, pretty healthy
Why did you take Finasteride (hair loss, BPH, other)?
accutane for acne
For how long did you take Finasteride (weeks/months/years)?
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start Finasteride?
18, january 2009
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
- february, 2009
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.)?
20 mg day
How long into your use of Finasteride did you notice the onset of side effects?
What side effects did you experience while on the drug that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
Put an X beside all that apply:
Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
Loss of Morning Erections
Loss of Spontaneous Erections
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Inability to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
Memory Loss / Forgetfullness
Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
Slurring of Speech
Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
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
Increased hair loss
Lowered body temperature
Other (please explain)
low vitamin d
decreased libido but not completely gone
What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?
wellbutrin which provided substantial cognitive improvements, increased libido, and better erections for 3 months until it wore off.
12 day water fast. no long term benefits but i am consider trying a longer one
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)?
testosterone hovers in the mid 500s
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.