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? 29, 5ft 8 70kg
Do you excercise regularly? If so, what type of excercise? 2/3 times a week, heavy lifting
What type of diet do you eat (vegetarian, meat eater, raw, fast-food/organic healthy)?
Currently a mixed diet, minimal fast food.
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?
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
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.)?
How long into your use of Finasteride did you notice the onset of side effects?
14th day but noticed minor sides which a few days earlier which I had not linked to Propecia.
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] Loss of Morning Erections
Loss of Spontaneous Erections
[ x] Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Inability to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
[x ] Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
[x ] Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
[ x] Confusion
[ x] Memory Loss / Forgetfullness
[x ] Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
[ x] Slurring of Speech
[ x] Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
[ x] Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
[x ] Severe Depression / Melancholy
[x ] Suicidal Thoughts
[ x] Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
[ x] Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
[ x] Weight Gain
Gynecomastia (male breasts)
[x ] Muscle Wastage
[ x] Muscle Weakness
[ x] Joint Pain
[x ] Dry / Dark Circles under eyes
[ x] Prostate pain
[ x] Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
[x ] Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
[ x] Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
Increased hair loss
[x ] Frequent urination
[ x] 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 have continued to experiment with different recovery plans but have yet to stick to one for a sustained period of time.
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)?
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.
Ok where do I start…
It was around my second week on this poison I started to experience a few mild side effects.
I noticed my fatigue had increased and that my erections were not as firm as they usually were. I did not link the fatigue to the drug but was cautious about the sexual sides as these were the only sides I was advised about when prescribed with Propecia in a London hair loss clinic.
It was in the gym when I first realised there was something wrong and it was literally the scariest night of my life. I had just finished an intense workout and when I reached the changing room the left side of my leg felt numb and then almost immediately this spread to the whole left side of my body.
I left the gym and my friend kept asking me if I was ok as I didn’t look too well and felt very light headed prior to leaving.
I realised on my way home that I was in the midst of the most horrific panic attack. I have a history of panic attacks but had not suffered from any in over 6-7 years.
In my panic I decided to head over to my mum’s place as I really did not want to go home alone.
I had been taking a pre-workout drink packed with creatine and caffiene so automatically assumed this was the cause and I just had to ride it out until the symptoms disappeared. The next couple of hours were awful, I could not speak, eat or focus on anything. I eventually fell asleep and woke up in the morning feeling recovered however as soon as I stood up everything came rushing back. The left side of my body was numb, heart racing and I was slurring my words.
I called the hospital and described my symptoms, and they advised that they believed I may have suffered a STROKE and should head to the hospital immediately.
Now you can imagine the ride to the hospital, I thought I’m a goner and I was just reminicsing my whole life whilst on that journey. Anyways the Doctor laughed after a few quick examinations and advised that I had not suffered a stroke. Blood Pressure and ECG were all fine. I was sent on my way and felt relieved but was still very anxious as I knew something was not right. I couple of days passed and the anxiety disappeared but I felt in a zombie like state.
I decided to investigate Propecia for any other potential side effects which is when I stumbled across a number of websites but not this one. I immediately went cold turkey. I assumed because I had only taken a total of 14 pills that all side effects would reverse. Well we all know what happens next, 2 weeks went by, felt great, had a heavy night of drinking and then woke up the next morning with the mother of all crashes! I assumed it was a hangover but after few hours I knew something was not right. I decided to search again and I found this website. I remember sitting in my bed and just thinking I had destroyed my life.
In my first few months I tried the hollistic approach for recovery.
- Juice fast - 7 days. This was actually really good and I wish I had done pre-fin just to experience the full effects.
- Gluten Free diet for 3 months - Did not improve any sides but completely cleared my lower back pains. I would recommend this diet and juice fasts to anyone who also suffers from this and chronic fatigue.
Now I just wanted to give some of the new PFS victims hope. I am improved significantly from where I was 11 months ago. Nowhere near recovered but definitely a lot better. I would say I am at around 60%.
Insomnia - This was absolutely horribe, but even though I wake up few times in the night I now manage to get back to sleep instantly. Still alot of room for improvement.
Muscle Wastage - Seems to have reversed now and back to pre-fin
Brain Fog - Has definitely improved some days really good and some days are just about manageable but no longer a zombie.
Fatigue - No longer constantly tired, but still have bad days now and then.
Frequent Urination subsided after a couple months and now back to normal
I wrote this back around 4 months ago I will post again with updates.