NEW MEMBERS, PLEASE FILL IN THE FOLLOWING TEMPLATE. This is so that we can more easily track symptoms and hopefully find patterns in our syndrome. This will also help others understand your background and situation.
Where are you from (country)? UK
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 finasteride side effects
What is your current age, height, weight? 32, 6’2, 160 llbs
Do you excercise regularly? If so, what type of excercise? DId prior to fin use all the time, brief semi recovery period where I went back to gym, can barely leave house now.
What type of diet do you eat (vegetarian, meat eater, raw, fast-food/organic healthy)? Hardly anything now, used to love eating. Managing white rice, boiled eggs, chicken, ground beef, spinach, broccoli, variously
Why did you take Finasteride (hair loss, BPH, other)? Hair loss
For how long did you take Finasteride (weeks/months/years)? Four days
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start Finasteride? 32. March 5th 2018
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit? 32, March 10th 2018
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)? Cold turkey
What type of Finasteride did you use – Propecia, Proscar, Fincar or other generic? Propecia
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)? 0.25mg
How long into your use of Finasteride did you notice the onset of side effects? First night
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
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
[x ] Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
[x ] Confusion
[ x] Memory Loss / Forgetfullness
[x ] Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
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
Gynecomastia (male breasts)
[x ] Muscle Wastage
[x ] Muscle Weakness
Dry / Dark Circles under eyes
[x ] Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
[x ] Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
[x ] Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
[x ] Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
Increased hair loss
[x ] Lowered body temperature
Other (please explain) Feeling of being pulled to my bottom right, has gone on for months, now in the last week has progressed to affecting my vision so that everything looks slanted on its side. Room looks isometric.
What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug? Ten day water fast during first crash, had some promising progress during re-feed but almost all gains have gone.
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)? Huge increase in estrogen and SHBG, very low free testosterone levels.
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 don’t have the strength to post my full story here, I will try to edit later but I am basically suicidal now. I’d like to know what people here think is the best anti-depressant or medication to try.