Where are you from: the US
What is your current age, height, weight? 5’10, 135 lb
What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)? Finasteride
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)? .25 mg
What condition was being treated with the drug?hairloss
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)? ONE DOSE
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug? 20
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit? 20
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)? Cold turkey
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects? Immediately
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
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[ •] Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
Loss of Morning Erections
Loss of Spontaneous Erections
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
[ •] Reduced Ejaculate
Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
[• ] Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
[•] Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
[• ] Confusion
[• ] 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
[• ] Suicidal Thoughts
Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
Gynecomastia (male breasts)
[ •] Muscle Wastage
[ •] Muscle Weakness
[• ] Joint Pain
[• ] 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?
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)? Will attach screenshots
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.
I’m having practically every symptom in the book right now, most recently gum problems (profuse bleeding and black traingles from slight recession). It was really interesting for me because I initially tried .25 with no symptoms once but got scared off and didn’t touch it again. Later on tried the topical varient and had awful symptoms for a week (headache, head pressure, dizziness, inability to focus or concentrate,) and then they completely subsided. Then about 8 months later I foolishly decided to try .25 again (a quarter of a pill) once, because my friends been taking it with no issues (interesting how I took .25 once before and had no side effects). And almost immediately I had this cold, shaky feeling. Followed by the worst symptom of all complete disassociation and depersonalization, along with head pressure, brain fog, achy muscles, (luckily no libido issues). I thought it was over for me, I’ve never been suicidal but the feeling of seeing and hearing everything around you and not being able to connect was tortuous. Thankfully the disassociation and depersonalization symptoms have gone away for the most part but I occasionally get them in stressful situations and weirdly while driving (which is not good). The other symptoms remain but to a lesser extent. It may be worth noting that I sustained a bad concussion about 2 years ago which I heard can heighten your chances of getting pfs. I don’t really know where to go from here, which doctors to see, I have upcoming appointments with an internist, dietitian, periodontist, rheumatologist, and hopefully finding a new neuro endocrinologist because she wouldn’t issue the tests I requested. My most recent symptoms are very cold hands and feet, jaw pain, muscle aches, what feels like bone pains as well. I was advised to get these hormones tested, I got a couple of them already but many my doc refused.
Pregnenolone - 84140
Progesterone - 84144
Cortisol - 82533
Cortisone - 82542
DHEA-S - 82627
Androstenedione - 82157
Total and Free Testosterone - 84410
DHT - 82642
Androsterone - 82160
Estrone (E1) - 82679
Estradiol (E2) - 82670
Neuro-Endocrine Hormones (Brain)
Prolactin - 84146
FSH and LH - 83001; 83002
GH - 83003
ACTH - 82024
Amino Acid Profile - 82139 (blood) or 82542 (CSF)
Catecholamines - 82384
Total T3 - 84480
Total T4 - 84436
Free T3 - 84481
Free T4 - 84439
Reverse T3 - 84483
TPO - 86376
Liver, Blood, Others
SHBG - 84270
IGF-1 - 84305
IGFBP-3 - 84681
Insulin - 83525
Metabolic Panel - 80053
Liver Function - 80076
Iron - 83540
Zinc - 84630
Vitamin D - 82306
Uric Acid - 84550
Magnesium - 83735
Lipid Panel - 80061
CBC - 85205
PSA - 84153
So my lh and fsh are both low, fsh is tanked.
Calcium is high.
I got tested about 9 months ago with a tbi related issue and my cortisol level was around 17 then I believe in the high spectrum, it’s not low now (still within normal but significantly tanked).
I need to get much more tested.
I ordered sb and bhb to get started with the demethylation theory, we’ll see how that goes.
Any other advice or help of any sort would be greatly appreciated, I feel like my condition is rapidly deteriorating.
Also worth noting my diet and fluids are shit atm, in a very depressed state.