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?)
Reference from other hair loss forums - they seem less interested in helping instead of writing you off as an idiot.
What is your current age, height, weight?
25, 6’6", 235 lbs
Do you excercise regularly? If so, what type of excercise?
Used to exercise 3x a week, still try to exercise frequently. (Walking/lifting)
What type of diet do you eat (vegetarian, meat eater, raw, fast-food/organic healthy)?
Meat-eater, normal diet.
Why did you take Finasteride (hair loss, BPH, other)?
Prostate pain, was suggested to take it. Was having slight hair loss too, which it seems like Saw P rectified. (Which is great, if it wasnt for all of these side effects).
For how long did you take Finasteride (weeks/months/years)?
Roughly 1.5 months.
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start Finasteride?
25, and around late December. Can’t remember the exact date, and didn’t take it every day (sometimes forgot). But for the most part I did.
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
25 years old, quit on February 7th.
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
Cold turkey, I only had about two softgels left of the 50 capsule bottle.
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.)?
Saw P 160mg, once daily (small dosage, I know)
How long into your use of Finasteride did you notice the onset of side effects?
Probably two-three weeks in, just didn’t tie it to Saw P use.
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?
Just working out and taking creatine (supposedly a DHT booster).
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)?
Awaiting a hormone panel from the doctor in the coming week.
Anything not listed in the above questions you’d like to share about your experience with Finasteride?
Again, never used Fin, just had very similar to PFS-like symptoms with this recent Saw Palmetto use.
Tell us your story, in your own words, about your Finasteride usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.
I’m a 25 year old male, used Saw Palmetto for prostate pain and increased urinary frequency. Was treated for prostatitis on an antibiotic recently and this has gone away. However, since the stopping of taking Saw P, these side effects remain. Should I be worried, being only two weeks off?
I’m not the kind of asshole who doesn’t think that PFS is real, like most on hair loss forums that I’ve found out - it’s definitely real, as I feel like I’m experiencing symptoms of now, and I feel for each and everyone of you guys that are suffering from it. Even if I do recover (which I hope I do), I will definitely add supporting the PFS Foundation to my philanthropic efforts. It is absolutely a travesty what some of these drug companies can do and get away with to innocent people.
A few things that glimmer of hope to me:
- I can still get an erection and masturbate to completion. Feel an orgasm to the almost full extent I used to, and my semen isn’t watery, it’s fairly thick and white.
- I am an extremely oily person (or I was) before taking saw P, and Saw P got rid of pretty much all of that oil (which I was ok with, just not at the cost), and it has returned. My face is now very oily again, and have to wipe it daily (which I didn’t while on SawP).
- I am not numb downstairs in the genital region, I feel like my balls may be slightly smaller, but this might just be my anxiety (Which has gotten worse when reading all of these happenings with these drugs).
- I am starting to sweat again, and smell. Before on Saw P, I never had to use deodorant, now if I don’t, I smell really bad by the end of the day.
I feel like I’ve been in a yo-yo pattern, where some days are better than others and symptoms appear to be resolving, then some days where they are worse again. Is this normal? I’ve not felt a “surge of DHT” yet, but I have felt improvements. Basically, should I be concerned yet, given that I have shown signs of improvement listed above, or should I give it a while longer? I’ve read anecdotes on hair loss forums of people that had the same symptoms I did from Saw P, and that they recovered from them, so I’m hoping I will too. Probably gonna give it at least a month or two before I get concerned, given that Saw P inhibits both types of 5AR (type I and II), and that type I has a half life of 14 days, and type II has a half life of 30 days, so it could just be taking awhile to get back to full operating ability again (from reading a study, can find the link if you’d like to see it). Just really ready for this brain fog and vision issue to go away!
Thanks for taking the time to read my story - and I wish the best to each and everyone of you. I’ll keep checking back and updating as the this goes on! And thank you in advance for the replies and advice.