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)? United Kingdom
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
What is your current age, height, weight? 26, 5 ft 11, 80 kg
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.)? 1 mg
What condition was being treated with the drug? Hair loss
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)? 7 days
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug? 26, 21st April 2020
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit? 26, 28th April 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?
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
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.
[x ] Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
[x ] Erectile Dysfunction
[x ] Loss of Morning Erections
[x ] Loss of Spontaneous Erections
[x ] Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
[x ] Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
[x ] Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
[x ] Memory Loss / Forgetfulness
[ x] Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
Slurring of Speech
[x ] Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
[x ] Severe Depression / Melancholy
[x ] Suicidal Thoughts
Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
[x ] Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
[x ] 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? N/A
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)? N/A
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 started taking Finasteride on the 21st of April for seven doses and have since been off the drug for the last fortnight. I have simultaneously been experiencing a period of low mood/depression stemming from the end of my relationship six weeks ago which has no doubt contributed to the mental side effects. Since ending the treatment I have noticed no libido whatsoever, no erections whatsoever and being pretty much flaccid when trying to ejaculate. I have found myself struggling to concentrate at work and have slipped into periods of depression and hopelessness with suicidal thoughts I have never experienced before. I appreciate in the first instance it is primarily a waiting game, however I am worried that I have caused permanent damage. I am trying to get outside and exercise daily, however I am finding little enjoyment in anything I am doing. I am also struggling with poor sleep patterns and insomnia. The current Covid-19 lockdown in my country is clearly not helping things either.