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)?
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?)
What is your current age, height, weight?
32, 180cm, 72kg
What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)?
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?
What condition was being treated with the drug?
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)?
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug?
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
First cold turkey, then quick revovery of ED symptoms, then started on a lower dose then total crash!
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects?
only in my last year (year 5)
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
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Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
Loss of Morning Erections
Loss of Spontaneous Erections
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
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
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
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?
Tribulus 1x per day Nov 21 - today
L-Arginin 1x per day July 21 - Dec 21
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)?
Blood levels seem to be within norms
Anything not listed in the above questions you’d like to share about your experience?
Yes, it seems like my hair loss came to a halt although I stopped using finasteride 3/4 year ago
Tell us your story, in your own words, about your usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.
I have taken finasteride for about 5 years, four of them without the slightest side effects. I was someone who could always get a rock hard erection no matter what the circumstances, even totally drunk. After about four years I started to notice that I was having more and more trouble maintaining my erection during sex. I didn’t make the link to finasteride at first (heck, I still don’t know if finasteride is the reason for my erectile dysfunction). Only then did I also notice that my morning erections had stopped. I just hadn’t paid attention to it anymore. I became very nervous, somehow my dick didn’t seem to work at all. Then in February 2021, I went cold turkey. Within about a month my erection returned! I think I had helped it along a bit with l-arginine there, too. I even had morning erections again. Then I made perhaps the biggest mistake, I started again with a small dose of finasteride (0.5mg every other day), then around April I had the total crash. Nothing was going on in my pants at all. Then I stopped completely with Finasteride. Since then I angle myself from supplement to supplement, without much success. Small amounts of Viagra, 25mg had already been enough for me to have sex again. In June 2021 I finally saw a urologist who prescribed me Cialis. In the beginning it worked extremely well, 10 mg and I could have sex for 2 days without problems. I then started taking Cialis in August in 2.5mg on a daily basis, so I had morning erections again and could have sex spontaneously. But at some point I had to increase the dose to 5mg, then that had also stopped working and last week I could not even have proper sex on 20mg Cialis. Interestingly, I have had almost no hair loss so far. Possibly my DHT level has been permanently lowered. I am quite frustrated and somewhat at a loss. I am concerned with the following questions.
can it be at all, that I can take four years Finasterid, without side effects and suddenly in the year 5 emerge these?
if finasteride is to blame, where did the crash come from, could it have been averted?
how can it be that Viagra and Cialis worked great at first and the effect is already gone after half a year? Doesn’t there have to be a venous, vascular or cardiological cause behind this? Surely a habituation effect cannot occur so quickly?
what supplements do you recommend to me to specifically treat erectile dysfunction? Can it be that in my case I have to bring the DHT level up to a normal level?
should I be careful with supplements so that I don’t get used to them? If yes, how do you proceed?
Sorry for the long post I am just happy for any tips.
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