- Where are you from (country)?
- 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?)
Via ADHD forum for Men
- What is your current age, height, weight?
46yrs, 6’1", 170lbs.
- Do you excercise regularly? If so, what type of excercise?
Not any more.
- What type of diet do you eat (vegetarian, meat eater, raw, fast-food/organic healthy)?
Meat and Veg, Organic, Supplements daily
- Why did you take Finasteride (hair loss, BPH, other)?
- For how long did you take Finasteride (weeks/months/years)?
About 4 years. I’m in the process of obtaining medical records.
- How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start Finasteride?
41 (March of 2006, not verified yet)
- How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
45 (November of 2010 I think)
- How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
- What type of Finasteride did you use – Propecia, Proscar, Fincar or other generic?
Propecia AND Proscar
- What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?
- How long into your use of Finasteride did you notice the onset of side effects?
3 months. But I just thought it was me or my environment or stress as the cause.
- What side effects did you experience while on the drug that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
Sex drive which used to be so strong that I struggled with remaining faithful to my wife. Porn saved me.
Put an X beside all that apply:
[X ] Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
[X ] Erectile Dysfunction
Loss of Morning Erections
[X ] Loss of Spontaneous Erections
[X ] Loss of Nocturnal Erections
[X ] Watery Ejaculate
[X ] Reduced Ejaculate
[X ] 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
[X ] Slurring of Speech
[X ] Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
[X ] Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
[X ] Depression / Melancholy
Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
[X ] Testicular Pain
[X ] Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
[X ] Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
Gynecomastia (male breasts)
[X ] Muscle Weakness
[X ] Joint Pain
[X ] Dry / Dark Circles under eyes
[X ] Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
[X ] Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
Increased hair loss
[X ] 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. I’m searching for someone who knows about this propecia issue in SanDiego.
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)?
I have blood tests while taking propecia and new tests scheduled next week to compare.
Anything not listed in the above questions you’d like to share about your experience with Finasteride?
Severity of Anxiety level or Depression level. If it was a 1-10 scale, both of mine would be 10.
Close to loosing my wife of 21 years over this. Crashed two BMW’s as a result of dizzyness, loss of conciousness. Difficulty with breathing regular rhythm and have to remind myself to take deep breaths.
Tell us your story, in your own words, about your Finasteride usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.
I’ve seen 8 doctors since the hair transplant as a result of trying to figure out what is wrong with me. I went to one of the top 5 docs in Southern CA. He recommended I write a book due to all the notes, diaries of my thoughts and input from my wife about how I behave(misbehave).
Sex life went downhill since the hair transplant but I just thought I was getting old, or just not attracted anymore so I tried to accept the sexual dysfunction as a ‘part of life’. I still love my wife and still attracted. But my behavior keep putting such a horrible wall between us.
None of the antidepressants could resolve my depair, the alprazolam helped with Anxiety but it didn’t tell me WHY I had anxiety for the first time in my life and became a daily struggle. I’m very close to ruining a marriage of 21 years and being separated from my two wonderful kids who I adore. I don’t do drugs and I also quit drinking completely 5 months ago so I could be sure there were no external influences in the way of a diagnosis. I have Attention Deficit Disorder already so the cognitive functions are much worst. I was fired from a senior level position making well over 6 figures due to performance. My life has been completely trashed. And now I feel so bad about the collateral damage done to friends, family and other relationships. Much of which cannot be undone. I’m not the kind of person to sue anyone over wrongs and I can easily forgive when asked. I’m basically a mess now and typing words on a screen is the only way I can communicate well. I’m unable to get my words out in an organized fashion so someone can understand the story or point. I was never like this before.