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)? US
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 search under PFS
What is your current age, height, weight? 70, 5’ 6.5", 200 lbs
What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)? Dutasteride + saw palmetto
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)? 0.5 mg/day
What condition was being treated with the drug? BPH
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)? several years
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug? Don’t remember
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit? 69.5, around Sept 20, 2020.
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)? cold turkey
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects? Don’t remember
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation? Ejaculatory dysfunction; & dramatically reduced libido
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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? Sexual intercourse with my partner has become increasingly unsuccessful over the past year; however I try to masturbate about once every day.
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?
I am still able to masturbate, although it is significantly more difficult now. Curiously, I have not experienced ED. My dysfunction is ejaculatory, not erectile. Arousal to erection still occurs, although far less frequently. Ejaculation during intercourse is now extremely rare. I fear the condition is permanent.
Tell us your story, in your own words, about your usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.
I’m very angry at my doctor for prescribing Dutasteride in the first place. My symptoms of BPH were easily manageable without the drug, and they never improved while on the drug. I’m also very angry at myself for not having researched potential side effects before taking the drug. Learning about PFS has been a gargantuan nightmare.