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)? USA
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
What is your current age, height, weight? 6’2” 173 Pounds
What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)? NOW Saw Palmetto Extract With Pygeum and Pumpkin Seed Oil
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)? Morning and night last Saturday and Sunday morning (recommended dosages)
What condition was being treated with the drug? Hair loss
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)? 1.5 days
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug? 28
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit? 28
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)? Cold turkey
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects? Saturday night
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation? Penis shrinkage, penis wrinkles, impotence, panic attacks, muscle shaking, muscle weakness, very low temperature, palms and feet always sweating, hard to workout and hard to sweat when working out, skin taking long time to heal, absorbs lotion and sunscreen instantly, scared, but able to think and speak clearly, feel emotionally distant at times though and not laughing as much as I used to
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X Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
X Erectile Dysfunction
X Complete Impotence
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
Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
X Memory Loss / Forgetfulness
X Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
Slurring of Speech
Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
X Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
Severe Depression / Melancholy
X Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Maybe a little, hard to tell Penis curvature / rotation on axis
X Testicular Pain
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
X Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
X Weight Gain
Gynecomastia (male breasts)
X Muscle Weakness
X Joint Pain
Dry / Dark Circles under eyes
X Prostate pain (being treated by Urologist with Doxycycline Mono 100 MG (seems to be working)
X Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
X Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
Tinnitus (ringing or high pitched sound in ears)
Increased hair loss
X Lowered body temperature
X Other Skin is very odd, feels like it’s tightening and always somewhat moist. Heart palpitations for a few days, now seem to be gone. Couldn’t sleep at all for a few days. Getting 4-6 hours now. Some days feel good like nothing happened (with the exception of penis stuff), other days depressed and worried. Don’t know if nervous, tired, or what but sometimes have trouble with balance and keeping hands still.
What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug? Saw general doctor, dermatologist, and urologist. Was offered Klonopin and Xanax for nerves. I declined. Took the aforementioned Doxycycline Mono for prostate pain. Discontinued all hair loss products and all supplements, even vitamins. Just eat organic green vegetables, whey protein shakes and salmon.
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)? I actually had a physical in March and will be using that as a baseline. Just took hormonal blood tests yesterday with my GP. Waiting on results. Asked to see Endocrinologist.
Anything not listed in the above questions you’d like to share about your experience? Initially Saturday night felt popping pain in testicles and lots of stomach grumbling. Sunday morning stopped, so took one more dose. Stomach pain came back, so quit cold turkey. Monday and Tuesday had penis shrinkage, wrinkles, and no sensation there, but just assumed that normal. Got worried on Wednesday and saw doctor. Found small varicocle on left testicle and cyst. Might have already been there. Not sure. First few days lot of pain in pelvic region and lower back. Since starting antibiotic, that has gone away.
Tell us your story, in your own words, about your usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug. Not much else to say here. Just trying to remain positive and healthy. It’s depressing and very hard to be hit with all at once. Hoping if I work hard and eat right, I’ll be in the 3 month beat it category. Any advice or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.