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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)? Italy
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? 39…174 cm, 67 kg
What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)? Finasteride for 2 weeks around 15 years ago, adverse reaction to 7 drops of Citalopram (single dose) 7 years ago
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)? 7 drops
What condition was being treated with the drug? hair loss finasteride, depression Citalopram
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)? finasteride around 2 weeks, Citalopram only one time (single dose)
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug? 22 years finasteride, 33 years Citalopram
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit? 22 finasteride, 33 citalopram
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 with Citalopram
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation? ED, emotional numbness
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Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
[ x] Erectile Dysfunction
[ x] Loss of Morning Erections
[ x] Loss of Spontaneous Erections
[ x] Loss of Nocturnal Erections
[ x] Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
[ x] Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
Memory Loss / Forgetfulness
Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
Slurring of Speech
Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
[x ] Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
[ x] Severe Depression / Melancholy
Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
[x ] Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
Gynecomastia (male breasts)
[x ] Dry / Dark Circles under eyes
Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
[ x] Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
[ x] Constipation / “Poo Pellets” (alternate with diarrhea)
[ x] 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? HCG Injections, Cabergoline, Cialis Daily 5 mg for 2 month, Proviron
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)?
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 wrote this post despite having been a member of the board for 7 years, because I hadn’t done it before. The first two years of PSSD were pretty good for me, I was a bodybuilder I weighed 80kg for 1.74 cm height. Then I developed third degree hemorrhoids which forced me to stop weight training, and currently weighing 67kg, the hemorrhoids came after taking a neurologist-prescribed supplement with tryptophan and magnesium for nine days. Prescribed by an idiotic neurologist one month after the adverse reaction to Citalopram, when I saw it increased serotonin levels I threw it in the trash. However for two years I could continue to train and I was quite well, some days I forgot about PSSD. After developing third degree hemorrhoids I had to stop training. I took various medications to try to treat PSSD prescribed to me by an endocrinologist and urologist a few years ago They who believe in PSSD / PFS. Low dose HCG for one month, Cabargoline for high prolactin levels 0.5mg three times a week. I was relatively well overall, I work in the healthcare sector, even if it is difficult for me to continue working now, until two months ago. Two months ago during an eye examination to change the gradation of the glasses, the old ophthalmologist used drops of local anesthetic called Benoxinate (Oxybuprocaine) which now I know can block ion channels in a similar way to Citalopram. Dr David Healy speculates this as one of the causes of PSSD. After this drops I developed a pathology called central serous chorioretinopathy, now I am followed by a competent ophthalmologist who however says that I had this problem since before the drops. I also have neurological symptoms like hand and feet pins and needles and hot flashes, which I hope to resolve. Unfortunately we are sensitive to any drug, and any drug can cause us big problems, even a banal anesthetics. I have been a member of the board for a long time and today I wanted to share my story.