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?)
Link from a hairloss forum
What is your current age, height, weight?
Do you excercise regularly? If so, what type of excercise?
I do sports like 3 times a week (soccer, running, gym)
What type of diet do you eat (vegetarian, meat eater, raw, fast-food/organic healthy)?
no special diet
Why did you take Finasteride (hair loss, BPH, other)?
For how long did you take Finasteride (weeks/months/years)?
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start Finasteride?
28, start ca. 15.7.12
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
28, end ca. 15.8.12
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
What type of Finasteride did you use – Propecia, Proscar, Fincar or other generic?
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?
Ca. 2-3 weeks
What side effects did you experience while on the drug that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
Put an X beside all that apply:
Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
Loss of Morning Erections
Loss of Spontaneous Erections
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Inability to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
Memory Loss / Forgetfullness
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
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-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)?
Anything not listed in the above questions you’d like to share about your experience with Finasteride?
Other persistent side effects: incereased sweating (deodorant doesnt work anymore), sweat smells different (more “female” like the sweat of my mum), itchy scalp
Tell us your story, in your own words, about your Finasteride usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.
I took a Propecia Generic for 1 month in July last year. I took “just” 0.5mg as I had read about the potential dangers of the drug. Within 2-3 weeks my semen got watery and after 3-4 weeks my scalp started to itch and burn and I started loosing a lot of hair - that was why I quit the drug.
There are some persisting side effects, but my main problem is muscle weakness and joint pain in my forearms/hands, which started 4 months after I had quit the drug. I first recognized a strange and numb feeling in the fingers of my right hand, then pain in the joint of the wrist and a decrease of strength (e.g. when opening bottles). I also think my forearms look thinner now though I am not sure about that. I went to a doctor to check for the “Ulnaris Syndrom” (a problem with the nerves) but he couldnt find anything. The problem has now been lasting for 6 months and also started in the left hand. I noticed I can lift less weigth in the gym than one year ago, too.
How likely is it to recover from those symptoms like muscle weakness/joint pain? Might there be another underlying reason than finasteride, as I developed these problems 4 months after quitting the drug?
The feeling in my fingers is really strange, hard to describe I have never experienced something like that. I have the continiuous feeling/need to spread my fingers…
Other side effects were dandruff, oily and itchy scalp, increased hairloss, small pimples in my face, improvement of the acne on my back, increased sweating and change of sweat odor. Still persisting: itchy scalp + hairloss, increased sweating and change of sweat odor
Input regarding the problem with my hands/arms would be very welcome.