Where are you from (country)?
What is your current age, height, weight?
36 years old, 5’11”, 190 lbs
What specific drug did you use?
Finasteride 1mg/day for 6 days
What condition was being treated with the drug?
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug?
36 years old, Nov. 1, 2020
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
36 years old, Nov. 7, 2020
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects?
After a few days
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
Loss of libido, ED, irritable, anxious and depressed.
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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?
None yet. Looking to get sildenafil to combat ED.
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
Noticing that my hair has started thinning significantly, I was feeling motivated to do something about it. I got finasteride prescribed and sent to me through the website “hims.”
I didn’t think much of it. I figured any sexual side effects would be minor and temporary, if they happened at all. The literature makes it seem like a pretty benign drug.
After a few days of taking 1mg/day, my libido was down, but I didn’t think much of it because going a few days without being horny isn’t that big of a deal.
It wasn’t until the 6th day of taking it that I realized something was very wrong. Not only was I unable to get an erection, but I had completely lost feeling in the head of my penis. It went numb.
I swore finasteride off that day.
Now two weeks later, the side effects persist. I’ve had a few instances of being able to get a weak erection over the past several days. Once when masturbating and once upon waking up. But my libido is still very low and the erections are problematic; weak, small, inconsistent, etc. On a few other occasions I’ve masturbated in an attempt to get an erection and I had weak orgasms without getting erect at all.
I’ve also been a nervous wreck; irritable, anxious, and depressed. But I don’t know how much of that is just the psychological reaction to the ED and how much of it is related to neurochemistry.
This stuff has very much freaked me out. I started off worried about losing hair, which now seems so inconsequential compared to the side effects of finasteride.
I have started a very promising long distance relationship and I’m freaked out that this will end up ruining everything once we meet in person. The pandemic has put that on hold for the time being, so I may have a few months to get this sorted out before we visit each other.
But in a matter of 6 days, I went from a horny dude with a huge sex drive and the ability to have multiple orgasms per day with strong, healthy erections, to being completely non functioning sexually. How can only 6 days of this drug have such awful, long lasting side effects?
Any words of encouragement or advice?