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?
23 years old
What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)?
finasteride and minoxidil
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?
1mg daily, + minoxidil daily
What condition was being treated with the drug?
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)?
fin 6 pills total. 6 days. minoxidil 10 times 10 days.
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)?
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects?
1 week after quitting
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
ED, Low Libido
Check the boxes that apply. You can save your post first, then interactively check/uncheck the boxes by clicking on them. If your symptoms change, please update your list.
[ strong text] Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
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[YES] Erectile Dysfunction
[YES ] Loss of Morning Erections
[YES ] Loss of Spontaneous Erections
[ YES] 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
[YES ] Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
[YES ] 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?
Took Viagra once, it helped restore an 80% erection.
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)?
DHT 724.17 pg/mL (Normal range is 250-990) My pre-fin DHT was around 900
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.
Wanna keep it short. Before, I start I want to say this forum helped me realise PFS is real, my parents and even my doctor and it even helped me get some blood tests done which were not initially prescribed by my doc such as prolactin. So thank you so much.
I took 4 pills of fin in early Nov 2019, suffered sexual sides until Nov 22(no mental, at least not yet). Got resolved. People said it was in my head. So I then took 2 pills of fin, one on Jan 27 and then one on Feb 3rd to try it out with a “better frame of mind”. Sides still continue, been almost four months. Used minoxidil around 10 times overall in life too since November.
Was taking a lot of vitamin supplements as well, including Vitamin D 10k daily for 5 months starting October. Capsules of Amino Acid, Vitamin C, Folic Acid. Soft Gelatin capsules of Ginseng, Gingko Biloba, Lactic Acid Bacillus with Multivitamin and Minerals. Cod Liver oil and Gamma Linolenic Acid. Iron, Bioflavonoids, Calcuium Aspartate, Calcium Orotate tablets as well… for about 1 month then stopped.
Anyone in a similar situation to me, in terms of the blood tests and recovered, improved or worsened?? Any thoughts would be appreciated, thank you guys, the forum has been more helpful than my doc until now for sure and helped convince him and my family that PFS is real.
Also, it is weird how I recovered once from 4 pills over 4 consecutive days and now after 2 pills in early Feb I’m fucked for 4 months. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated guys, thank you again.